There are many options out there for your retirement, and it can be confusing to know what choices to make! Many retirement communities identify by lifestyle options and the type of care one may need. You will most often see the terms “Independent Living,” “Assisted Living,” “Rehabilitation,” and “Long-Term Care” through your retirement community research. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between these levels of care so you can better understand what type of community you are looking for.
Independent Living offers the opportunity to continue living an active lifestyle without the burdens of homeownership. In an apartment-style community, you will live near other people of the same age and similar interests! You will experience all the amenities of a retirement community, including social activities and interesting day trips. The best part is not having to shovel all the Iowa snow!
Assisted Living is for those whose medical, memory or aging issues reduce your ability to safely stay in your own home. It is designed for folks who can live on their own for the most part, but who need some help with day-to-day activities such as dressing, bathing, medication reminders or other personal services. Assisted Living still provides personal privacy and autonomy, but offers services for personal care.
Rehabilitation Facilities are a place for individuals to recover after surgery or other illness. On average, people stay at a Rehabilitation Facility for 30-60 days. During their stay, an individual has access to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy services, along with the other types of care he or she may need during the recovery period.
Long-Term Care Facilities provide a variety of services that help meet both medical and non-medical needs of individuals with chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. Long-term care assists with normal daily tasks like dressing, feeding and using the bathroom. They also receive frequent care from skilled practitioners addressing the needs associated with their chronic conditions.
Lastly, a Continuing Care Retirement Community offers Independent Living and Assisted Living. These communities eliminate the need to look for a new place to live as your health needs change.