A group of senior friends socializing at an independent retirement living community.

Choosing Between Retirement Living and Assisted Living

Bethesda Health | April 20, 2017

People are faced with a number of lifestyle decisions when they decide to retire—one of which is whether to stay in their own homes or to move to a St. Louis retirement living community. If you are considering moving, then you will want to consider the amount of care you and your spouse may require. For those that can still perform many everyday tasks, independent retirement living may be right for you. For those that may need a little more attention and help with everyday tasks, assisted living may be the better choice.

Choosing Independent Retirement Living

Independent living is exactly that – living independently and on your own, right here in a St. Louis retirement community. Independent retirement living allows you to live how you want to live. Nobody tells you what to do, where to go, or when to eat, wake up, or go to bed. It is just the same as living in your home because the retirement community is your home.

General Amenities Provided by Independent Living Communities

You’ll also find that one major benefit to living in an independent living community is the wide variety of amenities and activities for you to enjoy, including:

Many communities may also include additional amenities, such as a pool, exercise room, beauty shop, library and theater room. In addition, some retirement living communities may offer home health care and physical therapy services.

Before making any decisions, be sure to research the retirement community you are considering and arrange for a guided tour by a member of their staff.

Using Assisted Living to Accommodate Your Needs

If you need help performing daily tasks, assisted living is a great way to retire comfortably. Assisted living facilities will offer different amenities depending on their location. Some assisted living communities provide:

One of the most important details to consider is the condition of the facility. Also be sure to check if they have the specific resources you or your loved one may need.

Licensing & Inspections at Assisted Living Communities

When looking for an assisted living facility, it is important to make sure it is:

Ask to see the community’s latest survey report to find this information.

Before you take a tour, visit their website and do some preliminary research. Many assisted living facilities will offer a variety of information on their website for you to review. It is very important to take a tour before you make a decision on where to reside.

Find the Right Senior Living Option for Your Loved One. Contact Bethesda Today at 314-800-1911.

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