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Compare Different Types of Senior Living With Our Checklist

What are the most common types of senior living options? That’s easy: independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities. Now, we get to the hard part–choosing the right category for you or a loved one.

The Independence Hall Senior Living team has developed a helpful guide and checklist to simplify the process. It compares those categories with clear explanations and key considerations. We also describe a less common, more unique option: enhanced senior living.

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Enhanced senior living means more opportunities to spend quality time with friends!

If you want to make an informed decision about senior living for you or a loved one, you’re in the right place.

Types of Senior Living to Consider

Independent Living

This option is for active seniors who can live independently. Residents enjoy maintenance-free living with amenities like recreational activities, social events, and sometimes dining options. It fosters a sense of community while offering freedom and autonomy.

Assisted Living

Assisted living provides support with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. Residents have access to personal care services in a supportive environment while still maintaining some independence. Amenities typically include meals, housekeeping, and transportation.

Memory Care

This type of senior living is specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Trained team members provide specialized care, including structured activities and therapies tailored to cognitive impairments. Secure environments ensure residents’ safety while promoting engagement and quality of life.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Nursing facilities offer round-the-clock medical care and rehabilitation services for seniors with complex health needs. Staffed by nurses and therapists, these facilities provide comprehensive care plans, including medication management, physical therapy, and specialized medical treatments. They serve seniors recovering from surgeries, managing chronic illnesses, or needing long-term care.

Enhanced Senior Living Communities

Independence Hall Senior Living only offers enhanced living; this is our specialty. We seamlessly pair maintenance-free living with an active lifestyle to ensure seniors enjoy meaningful activities, friendships, and on-site conveniences. Residents benefit from supported living that fits their lifestyles.

Supported Living vs. Assisted Living for Seniors

Supported living and assisted living offer support for seniors but differ in care levels. But what is supported living? It’s enhanced living with minimal assistance with daily tasks, allowing residents to maintain independence.

Assisted living offers more comprehensive support, including help with personal care and medication management, catering to those needing more assistance with activities of daily living.

Checklist: Is enhanced living a good fit for my retirement goals?

Think about your current living situation, then answer the following questions to help explore whether enhanced living at Independence Hall may be a good option for you:

  1. Do you have limited opportunities for socializing?
  2. Do you need transportation for errands, visiting friends, or other activities?
  3. Are you eating less nutritious meals?
  4. Do you often feel lonely or isolated?
  5. Is it becoming more challenging to manage your medications?
  6. Does laundry, cleaning, and cooking overwhelm your daily life?
  7. Do you find it challenging to get regular physical activity?
  8. Do you worry about what will happen if you have a medical emergency?
  9. Are daily living activities, like bathing and dressing, becoming too hard to do alone?
  10. Are home maintenance and repairs becoming overwhelming?
  11. Is your home accessible to your needs?
  12. Do you wish you had more time for the things you enjoy?

How do I evaluate my answers?

If you answered yes to more than a handful of the questions above, enhanced living could be an excellent fit for you. Independence Hall Senior Living residents have varying activity levels and desire convenience, less responsibility, senior-friendly surroundings, and increased social opportunities.

Enhanced living offers:

  • Attentive team members on hand 24/7
  • Maintenance-free living
  • Emergency call systems
  • Emergency plans
  • Accessible spaces with wide doorways and no steps
  • Handrails and grab bars
  • Nutritious meals
  • Calendar of activities
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Socialization opportunities
  • Housekeeping and linen services
  • On-site conveniences (salon, fitness and wellness programs, library)
  • Budget-friendly fees
  • Comfortable, spacious floor plans

If enhanced living in South Florida seems like the right fit, keep reading to learn about Independence Hall Senior Living in Wilton Manors. We can make your retirement dreams come true with invaluable peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Enhanced Living in Beautiful South Florida

Enhanced living residents of Independence Hall Senior Living in Wilton Manors, Florida, relish the comforts of private apartments and the support they need to enjoy active, independent lifestyles.

We provide the comforts of home with the added benefits of supportive care, engaging activities, and a maintenance-free lifestyle. With daily needs met, you or your loved one will live more independently and have opportunities to meet friends, discover new interests, and live each day to the fullest. Our residents have personalized care plans, are treated like family, and are greeted by name in a warm, welcoming environment.

See Why Enhanced Living Might be the Right Type of Senior Living for You or a Loved One

Contact us to learn more about enhanced living or set up a tour. We’d love to hear from you and will happily answer your senior living questions.

We also offer a complimentary Family Decision Toolkit to guide your decision-making process.

At Golden Bell Senior Living, we understand that some questions require more personalized support. If you have any queries or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to assist you with any individual needs and ensure you feel supported every step of the way.

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