The Difference Between Independent and Assisted Living

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: What’s the Difference?

When considering moving to a luxury senior living community, you may be unsure about the distinction between assisted and independent living. To help you determine which option will work best for you now and in the future, continue reading to discover the differences of independent living vs. assisted living.


What is Independent Living?

Independent living is ideal for those who can manage day-to-day life without assistance, but wish to retire among people their own age and have access to convenient amenities. 

High-end life plan communities offer residents security, concierge services, weekly housekeeping, valet parking, and preventive maintenance for their homes. These services allow independent living residents to enjoy their home without having to worry about repairs or upkeep. If you are looking for a sense of community, but do not require assistance with daily tasks, then independent living will suit the lifestyle you are looking for.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is designed to respect residents’ independence, while providing them with the support they need to complete their daily tasks. Whether you need help with medication management or your hygiene routine, professional caregivers are available to meet your needs. Look for communities that offer a high staff-to-resident ratio to ensure that caregivers are always available to assist.

Which is Right for You?

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether independent vs. assisted living is right for you. First and foremost, assess your medical needs and the level of care you require. If you are moderately healthy and can confidently tend to your own medical and personal needs, independent living may be a good option for you. However, if you find it difficult to perform everyday tasks, then you may prefer assisted living for the sake of your health and safety. 

At Seafields, we understand that the level of care a person requires may change with time. That’s why, as a continuing care community, residents can easily transition from independent living to assisted living in the future, if needed. We have also partnered with Bishop Gadsen on James Island to provide residents with skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation services when necessary.

Learn More About Living at Seafields

Regardless of whether you are an independent or assisted living resident, you are sure to enjoy life at Seafields. With its highly-sought location on Kiawah Island, retirees look forward to enjoying the beautiful weather and outdoor adventures in one of the most inspiring landscapes. Residents will also have the option to enjoy a wide range of activities based on their personal preferences to keep them engaged with others. Most importantly, an on-site MUSC clinic will make attending medical appointments as convenient as possible for both our assisting living and independent living residents. 

Looking to learn more about independent or assisted living at Seafields? Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about what each lifestyle has to offer. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about personal care, lifestyle, amenities, and so on. Click the button below to get in contact with us.