The Difference Between Independent and Assisted Living?

Independent living and assisted living can sound deceptively similar, but there are actually many differences. We want to make sure you or your loved ones are getting the right amount of care and comfort as they age, so we thought we’d clear up some of the main differences between independent living and assisted living.

Most of the differences between independent and assisted living are about how much care is provided for the residents by the community’s staff. Those in independent living should still be able to take care of their everyday needs, while those in assisted living may need help with basic tasks like washing and dressing.

Here are some of the services provided in assisted living that usually aren’t available in independent living:

Memory care

Those with dementia or Alzheimer’s can get the memory care they need in assisted living. Activities are provided that are designed to help control the symptoms and slow the progression of these conditions. Staff will also be trained to assist memory patients and extra safeguards may be put in place to protect the patients.

Medication management

Some seniors may need help with taking and managing their medication. Medication management is provided by assisted living care staff to ensure that residents are taking the correct dosage at the right time.


If assisted living residents need to leave the complex for a hospital appointment or to visit family, for example, then they may be provided with transport by the facility. This allows residents to have a sense of freedom outside of the community while still keeping them safe.

Rehabilitative care

Assisted living patients may have additional needs if they have had an illness, injury, or surgery. Most assisted living communities provide rehabilitative care to get patients back on the feet and to improve their mobility during recovery.

On-call assistance

For anything else residents need, like help with chores or with getting dressed, assisted living care staff and nursing staff are on-call around the clock whenever they are needed. So, residents can always get the assistance and support that they need.

Here at Bermuda Village, we offer both independent living and assisted living services and apartments, so you can always balance the level of care you need with the level of independence you want. Our community is set within the Bermuda Run Country Club and has been voted one of the best places to retire. Contact us if you would like any more information.

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