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What’s the Difference Between Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes?

When you or a loved one are faced with the idea of assisted living, it can be a little overwhelming at first. There are a lot of options, and it may be frustrating to find the one that best meets your needs. For example, do you need independent living, assisted living, or a nursing home?

Maranatha Village wants to make the process easier by explaining the differences among these three types of assisted living options.

Independent Living

Independent living is best for those seniors who want to continue to maintain their own lifestyle and do not necessarily need any assistance but want to live in a senior community. Many independent living facilities offer houses, duplexes, and apartments where seniors can live independently but are still surrounded by a community of other seniors.

Those who choose independent living often want to continue on with life as usual, but enjoy doing it surrounded by others in the same stages of life.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is ideal for those seniors who likely have medical needs and don’t feel comfortable trying to live 100% independently. An assisted living facility usually has rooms or apartments and also has 24/7 healthcare professionals available to assist with medication, medical needs, shots, or checkups.

Most assisted living seniors still enjoy a lot of independence, but just with the safety net of having healthcare assistance readily available.

Nursing Home

A nursing home, sometimes referred to as long-term care, is for those seniors who need constant medical care. These residences are in more of a clinical setting where healthcare workers can provide immediate care, as well as assist with other aspects of daily living.

Most seniors who need this type of care are not able to live at home and need constant access to medical professionals.

Related Post: Assisted Living in Springfield, MO: Frequently Asked Questions

Maranatha Village Offers Many Options for Seniors

At Maranatha Village, we offer many different services including independent living, assisted living, and long-term care. Our seniors enjoy a positive, Christ-centered community, an on-campus chapel, and wonderful fellowship with fellow residents.

Maranatha Village in Springfield, MOIf you or a loved one is looking for quality independent living, assisted living, or long-term care, give our experts a call at 417-883-0016 or reach out to us today.


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