Which Senior Housing Option is Right For Your Loved One?

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Independent Living vs Senior LivingIndependent Living, senior apartments, nursing home, retirement home – these are many of the words associated with senior care. Although they are sometimes mistaken to be synonymous to one another, they are each different and vary in the services and accommodations offered.

When it comes to senior housing, there are multiple options to consider. If you are new to the world of senior homes and retirement communities or looking for the perfect place for your loved one, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the possibilities. Let’s break down the differences between independent living and senior apartments.

Senior Living Apartments

Senior apartments are a wonderful option for healthy seniors in the early years of retirement. Most senior living apartments include the following features:


Senior living apartments are designed with the older adult in mind. Each unit and community includes conveniences such as limited stairs, in-unit laundry, and many other physical characteristics that allow ease of movement.

Maintenance Services

Many seniors find apartment living to be much easier than living in a home, as senior apartments eliminate the hassle of yard work and household repairs. While it’s beneficial for older adults to maintain an active lifestyle by handling daily tasks around the home, cutting out mundane work allows time for other, more enjoyable activities. After all, isn’t that what retirement is all about?

Active, Social Environment

While most apartment complexes offer maintenance services, senior apartments have the added benefit of being age restricted – meaning senior residents are surrounded by people of similar age and interests. In addition, many retirement communities offer occasional parties and events. This allows them to maintain active and social lifestyles.

Limited Additional Services

Beyond the conveniently design units, maintenance, and occasional social events, other available services are usually limited and vary with each retirement community.

Independent Living Social CommunititesIndependent Living

Independent living is best suited for healthy seniors who want an independent lifestyle, but require some conveniences.

Comprehensive Care Services

Independent living communities offer all of the same advantages of a senior apartment, and then some. All services included in an independent living facility are offered to enhance their residents’ quality of life in addition to allowing them to remain independent for as long as possible. These services typically include prepared meals, transportation, housekeeping, laundry service, social as well as educational activities, a 24-hour emergency call system, and access to medical after a hospitalization.

Active Lifestyle

Independent living communities often offer more activities and social gatherings than senior care complexes. This could include everything from group exercise classes, gardening clubs, and holiday festivities. Similar to senior living apartments, independent living communities enforce an age restriction, surrounding residents with other seniors.

Peace of Mind

Due to the additional services and conveniences available, independent living communities have more staff on site. This gives seniors and their loved ones a feeling of comfort, knowing that their needs – whether it’s a maintenance request or medical emergency – will always be promptly attended to.

No Need to Move 

With all the additional services and support that independent living communities offer, there is no need for seniors to move to another type of facility – even if they face a health setback. Residents can be selective about the types of services they would like to take advantage of and adjust in the future based on their changing needs.

Choose Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall, we pride ourselves on educating both seniors and their loved ones on all of the options available to them. Knowing the difference between each type of living arrangement will help you find a solution that not only best suits their needs, but also feels like home. If you would like more information about the services we offer at Holly Hall, get in touch with us today!