Choosing the Right Path in Senior Living: Independent Living or Personal Care?

April 17, 2024
March 28, 2024
Choosing the Right Path in Senior Living: Independent Living or Personal Care?

Choosing the Right Path in Senior Living: Independent Living or Personal Care?

Making the transition to a senior living community signifies a new chapter filled with opportunities to thrive in an environment tailored to your needs. But amidst the various lifestyle options, how do you determine whether independent living or personal care is the right fit for this next stage of life? In this helpful article, we'll explore possible reasons for each choice, as well as give you the tools you need to decide what best aligns with your needs and desires.

What Does Independent Living Offer?

Independent living within a senior living community offers a vibrant lifestyle suited for active seniors who desire the convenience of a living in a stylish, modern residence mindfully designed to complement the comfort and safety needs of older adults. At the same time, life in a senior living community eliminates the strain and expense of routine chores like housekeeping, cooking, and overall home maintenance. Additionally, independent living offers the peace of mind of living within a caring and connected community. The inherent social aspect acts as a buffer against isolation, with peers and supportive staff always within reach.

The Independent Living Experience

Imagine living where each day presents a canvas for new activities and experiences. Independent living communities are often outfitted with features and amenities designed to stimulate both the mind and body. For instance, at The Lafayette, a Redeemer Senior Living community that encompasses many vibrant independent living options, residents enjoy a wide range of activities designed to cater to every interest and ability level.

Robin Heppler, Director of Sales, says there is something for everyone at The Lafayette—from wellness and exercise programs that promote physical health to social events that provide joy and connection. “Imagine enjoying movie nights, lively parties, and live entertainment that stirs the soul, or engaging in clubs or hobbies like reading, gardening and crafting that spark creativity. We also celebrate the joy of culinary diversity with food festivals that bring our community together. It's all about creating a dynamic, fulfilling environment where our residents can thrive, connect, and enjoy every day to its fullest. At The Lafayette, we're not just providing a place to live. We're offering a place to lead a vibrant, active, and joyful life," says Robin.

What Is Personal Care?

Personal care, similar to assisted living, is ideal for seniors who need some assistance with activities of daily living. It gives older adults the benefit of living within a senior living community in their own attractive suite while ensuring they receive the necessary services to live comfortably and safely. These services may range from help with medication management to grooming assistance.

The Personal Care Lifestyle

Personal care communities, such as St. Joseph Manor, a Redeemer Senior Living community, focus on creating an environment that supports the well-being of residents. They offer a balance of personalized care and privacy within a setting that feels like home. Residents have the freedom to participate in community activities while their care needs are addressed by a dedicated, compassionate team.

The Advantages of Personal Care

For those who require additional support due to health concerns or other challenges, personal care communities provide a reliable safety net. Residents can enjoy life without the stress of managing their daily routines alone, leading to a higher quality of life and a sense of security.

“At St. Joseph Manor, residents really enjoy the opportunity to engage in a range of social, recreational, or spiritual activities that interest them at their own pace and according to their comfort level. Our dedicated team members are here to ensure that no obstacles stand in their way of participating in the life of the community. This approach ensures that while the health care and daily needs of our residents are taken care of, their social and recreational well-being is equally prioritized,” says Lucia Thrasher, Personal Care Administrator at St. Joseph Manor.

Questions to Consider

After reflecting on what each lifestyle option offers, it's time to make the decision that will shape your future. The process is not just about the destination but about the thoughtful considerations you've taken to get there.

Take stock of your daily routines and see how they mesh with the features and benefits of each senior living lifestyle option. Some questions to consider include:

How well can I manage daily tasks? If you're finding it increasingly difficult to carry out daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, or meal preparation, personal care may be a more suitable option.

What is my current state of health? If you have medical conditions that require regular attention, personal care may be able to provide the necessary support.

Do I feel safe in my current home? If you have concerns about falling, getting injured, or other safety issues, an independent senior living community or personal care community can offer a safer living environment.

Am I maintaining a social life? Senior living communities often host social activities and events. If you're feeling isolated or lonely, both independent living and personal care communities provide opportunities for social interaction.

Is home maintenance becoming a burden? If tasks like yard work, housekeeping, and repairs are becoming overwhelming, both independent living and personal care offer maintenance-free living.

Do I often forget to take my medication or take the wrong dosage? Personal care communities have staff who can help manage your medication schedule.

Am I able to drive safely? If you're unable to drive or don't have access to transportation, both independent living and personal care communities often provide transportation services, making it easier to get to medical appointments, shopping, and social outings.

Consider Future Plans

Think long-term. Can the community you choose accommodate increasing support needs as you age? It's beneficial to select a place that can provide continuity, preventing the need for multiple moves in the future, which can be both emotionally and physically taxing. Continuity not only ensures a smoother transition through different stages of aging but also contributes to a sense of stability and security.

For instance, both Redeemer Senior Living communities—The Lafayette and St. Joseph Manor—offer a range of accommodations and services designed to adapt to your evolving needs. This means that should your health situation change, these communities are equipped to support you, allowing you to remain in the familiar and comforting environment of the community you've come to know and love.

“Our top priority is striving for a high quality of living for each and every one of our residents, which is why we offer a continuum of services designed to meet our residents' needs at every stage. Our commitment is to be able to offer the necessary care and attention when it's needed, giving residents and their families peace of mind they are in a community that can offer the accommodations, resources, and expertise to address higher care needs should they ever arise. This philosophy not only ensures the well-being of our residents, but also fosters a deep sense of belonging and community," says Robin.

Consult with Professionals

When navigating the journey towards finding the perfect senior living solution, it's a good idea to consult with professionals who can offer not only objective insights but also compassionate guidance. Health care providers and senior living advisors are equipped to provide tailored recommendations that align with your unique situation, ensuring that your needs or those of your loved ones are met with the utmost care and consideration.

In addition to seeking advice from these professionals, we want to remind you that our Senior Living Sales Counselors are here to serve as your dedicated partners in this important decision-making process. With a professional and caring approach, they are committed to helping you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. Whether you're just starting to explore your options or you're ready to take the next step, our Sales Counselors are readily available to support you with personalized advice and answers to all your questions.

You can reach our Senior Living Sales Counselors by calling 215-214-2877 or visiting We would be honored to be your guide and advocate on this journey, ensuring that you feel confident and informed every step of the way.

Redeemer Senior Life