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Exploring the Differences Between Independent and Assisted Living

A Gallery couple enjoying a bike ride

After retirement, life becomes an open canvas, awaiting our creativity to shape the next chapter. Just as artists select their medium, retirees too have choices to make, particularly when it comes to the style of living that best suits their needs and desires. Moving into a senior living community opens the way to a new and vibrant stage of life, whether you choose an Independent Living or an Assisted Living community. Which one is right for you? It depends on the level of support and care you’re looking for and the kinds of amenities you’d like.

Independent Living Communities

Catered to individuals who can live independently without requiring assistance in their daily lives, Independent Living communities are designed for active seniors seeking a maintenance-free lifestyle and self-fulfillment. Within these communities, residents come and go as they please, and can participate in planned activities as they like. Free from the responsibilities of yard work, home repairs, and housekeeping, residents can concentrate on what matters most to them.

Most residences in Independent Living communities are traditional apartments or homes, complete with in-unit laundry and full kitchens. Various services are usually provided, including:

  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Yard work
  • Dining options
  • Home maintenance

Independent Living support services are typically focused around convenience-related amenities, with a strong emphasis on social activities. Healthcare services and clinical staff are not part of the standard offerings in Independent Living communities.

Independent Living communities typically feature on-site restaurants, communal event and activity spaces, hair salons, and fitness facilities. The Gallery tailors programs to residents’ unique interests, offering a wide variety of experiences such as ceramics classes, wine tasting, and off-site excursions. The emphasis is on providing a vibrant social life that enriches existing hobbies and introduces new interests.

Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living communities are designed for seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) but do not require significant medical care or 24-hour supervision. The Gallery’s Assisted Living communities offer:

  • Meals prepared by an in-house Executive Chef
  • Laundry and housekeeping
  • Assistance with bathing and getting dressed
  • Medication management
  • 24-hour clinical staff on site
  • Pet-friendly environments
  • Transportation services

(Actual food offered at The Gallery)

In Assisted Living you have consistent in-home support from caregivers and nurses. The Gallery’s senior living communities are made for aging in place – meaning if you find yourself needing more care and support, you can simply transition into Assisted Living from Independent Living.

At The Gallery senior living communities, we believe in crafting living spaces that are more than just homes—they’re vibrant canvases where every resident becomes part of a rich tapestry of community. Whether embracing the freedom of Independent Living or the support of Assisted Living, we focus on fostering connections and creativity. Our spaces are curated to inspire, with every detail reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and support. From the lively gatherings that spark new friendships to the enriching activities that ignite passions and cultivate fresh experiences, life at Gallery is a masterpiece in the making. And just like every great artwork, our communities welcome furry friends with open arms, adding another layer of joy and companionship to the tapestry of life at The Gallery Senior Living.

Explore the colors of community with us today. To speak with one of our experienced Leasing Counselors, call us at 855-222-4470 or contact us online.