There are so many terms flying around out there when it comes to communities for adults 55 and older: independent, assisted, apartments, communities, all-inclusive, residential, nursing, skilled nursing… it’s enough to make your head spin! Or even give up the research of senior living altogether. Fear not! Elm Haven Place would love to help you sort it out. We think some of the most confusion comes from understanding the difference between independent senior living and assisted senior living.

Elm Haven Place Indepedent Senior Living Apartments Blog Image showing difference between types of senior living options

Being independent senior apartments ourselves, we here at Elm Haven Place Get this question all the time! Elm Haven Place is an all-inclusive, age-exclusive luxury apartment complex for active adults over 55 years old in Elmwood, IL which means we’re labeled as “independent senior living”.

Elm Haven Place Blog Image showing the exterior entrance of our independent senior living apartments in Elmwood, IL

Let’s take a look at the main difference between two types of Senior Living: Independent and Assisted (and then see which is right for you). What is the main difference? Medical care! 

Assisted Living provides medical and supportive care for residents that need help with medications, bathing, cleaning, cooking, etc. Some communities offer more extensive care than others. Many provide a range of services that change with a senior’s needs and health. Assisted living is a good alternative for people who are no longer able to live alone, but do not yet need intensive nursing care.

Elm Haven Place Blog Image showing what assisted senior living could look like with a nurse assisting a senior with cane

Independent Living does not provide medical care or nursing support. The focus is instead on convenience and an active life. There’s usually a resident or two that manages the social programs and provides on-site support (our’s is named Pam… she’s awesome!) when needed, but no medical staff or daily check-ins are to be  expected.

Elm Haven Place Blog Image of a couple in luxury suite bathroom at independent living apartment for seniors

Things to keep in mind: you don’t have to be in perfect health to choose independent living. Likewise, you don’t need to be severely ill to decide that assisted living is the better option. Many seniors struggle with the right choice, especially when it feels like a close call. At Elm Haven Place, we know that making this life decision can be difficult and emotional. Our advice? First, talk to your friends, family, and medical professionals. Take your time with the decision, look over your financials, and start researching different places to call home.

Elm Haven Place all-inclusive independent senior apartments feature over 5,000 square feet of shared common spaces like our main living room which is just one of three

If you’re ready to take the next step into easier and more luxurious living… then look no further! We would love to give you a private tour of Elm Haven Place to view our one-bedroom luxury suites and over 5,000 square feet of impeccably decorated common spaces perfect for hosting friends and family whenever you want.