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Which Level of Care Is Right For My Parent?

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Do you know the difference between assisted living and independent living? We explore the main differences between the two so you can decide which is the most appropriate for your parent.

While both assisted living and independent living offer the freedom to live as you choose, an independent living community allows complete freedom with all the conveniences and amenities for a carefree lifestyle. However, assisted living isn’t as restricting as you may think and offers the same convenient amenities.

Independence in Assisted Living

Assisted living is actually designed for maximum independence while providing a combination of housing and personal care services for those who require assistance with normal daily activities.

Assisted living also provides enriching amenities and activities for residents. At The Esquiline, for example, our residents are provided with:

  • Daily activity programs, even on weekends
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Spiritual wellness resources

Safety: The Highest Priority in an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities are designed to support resident health and wellness. While every assisted living community varies in services and activities, The Esquiline provides assisted living residents with the following physical health services:

  • Medication administration by licensed nursing staff
  • Dietary planning and consulting
  • Three nutritious and delicious meals every day
  • Monthly on-site access to specialized healthcare providers

Along with these services, most assisted living communities including The Esquiline will provide friendly reminders and guidance for time-dependent activities, such as dining, to promote independence for assisted living residents.  

Residents can also receive assistance bathing, help when moving about, and 24-hour oversight. To promote safety, communities commonly provide residents with personal pendants that act as a response system in an emergency.

Complete Independence in Independent Living

By comparison, independent living is intended for residents who are able to live on their own, maintaining complete freedom. Reasons for moving into an independent living community might include a desire to maintain a smaller living space or the desire to live among those within their age group.


Related: Experience a day in an Independent Living Community >>


In an independent living community, residents set their own schedules after they’re connected to programs, services, and activities that fit their lifestyle.

Every independent living apartment at The Esquiline also has emergency call units installed and an on-site nurse with support service plans available for residents who need it.

Living Spaces: Assisted Versus Independent Living

What does life in an assisted living apartment look like? At The Esquiline, utilities are included monthly costs, along with weekly housekeeping with linen service and temperature control for each apartment. Residents also have access to weekly on-site specialized healthcare provider visits, like eye and hearing care, a dentist and a podiatrist.

At The Esquiline, we offer a selection of apartment styles to fit assisted living residents’ desires and needs.

View sample floor plans for assisted living apartments here >>

In independent living, residents can continue to live their lives as they always have, just without the extra burden of lawn and home maintenance, while also getting to live amongst those with similar interests.

View sample floor plans for independent living apartments here >>

Enjoy Life In An Independent or Assisted Living Community

Think of assisted living communities as a bridge between independent living and skilled nursing care. Residents are still able (and encouraged!) to enjoy a full array of educational, spiritual, creative, and entertaining activities designed to enhance their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Do you think your loved one might be ready for independent or assisted living? Call us to schedule a tour!

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