What are the Benefits of Assisted Living Compared to a 55+ Community?

Seniors singing and playing piano together in retirement community

Help! I don’t know if I want to move to a 55+ community or if I should look into an assisted living community instead.

You know, when most of us dream of retirement it’s about what we’re going to do or who we’ll spend time with. That’s probably because when you stop and think about where you’ll be retiring, it can get a bit overwhelming. 

Do these questions sound familiar?

  • Will I just stay in my home? 
  • Do I want to move into a 55+ community? 
  • What’s the difference between an independent living and an assisted living community? 
  • And, Lifecare, what in the world is that?

If your head is spinning just reading these questions, you’re not alone. Before we can enjoy our retirement, we really should figure out our living situation. After all, it’d be great if we get it right the first time and never have to move again.

The joy of the 55+ community.

The idea of a 55+ community is fairly straightforward. It’s a senior living option for active adults who are at least 55 years old. Many of these developments are built on or near golf courses. No surprise there, huh? Others are situated near a beach or lake or other areas that allow you to enjoy your freedom and independence.

People often choose a 55+ community for a sense of belonging. After all, if you live on a golf course, you’re bound to make friends with others who share your hobby. These communities offer a sense of security as well since most are gated or exclusive.

The one major downfall of the 55+ community is by design. There is no built-in healthcare or support if you need additional help. These communities focus on independent living and are meant for healthy, active seniors.

The added support of an assisted living community.

An assisted living community is also a great place to make new friends and neighbors close to your age who share similar hobbies. However, at these communities, you have access to onsite  care and receive assistance with meals, bathing, grooming and medication management. 

Moving to an assisted living community is a great option for seniors who still enjoy their freedom but simply need a little help with activities of daily living. Most assisted living communities offer activities based on residents’ interests and include restaurant-style dining options. Residents also have access to area attractions beyond their community thanks to day trips and transportation to local stores and entertainment venues.

The peace of mind of a Lifecare community. 

None of us knows what the future holds for us, so why not plan for all contingencies when we’re planning our retirement? That’s the beauty of the Lifecare community (sometimes called a continuing care retirement community).

At a Lifecare community, you truly can have it all. If you’re healthy and active, you’ll find the freedom of independent living activities with others who share your passions. If you need a little extra help, assisted living options are right on site. No need to make a move if your health takes a turn.

The benefits of a Lifecare community expand beyond assisted living. Most also include higher levels of care such as skilled nursing and memory care. In addition to onsite access, the costs for these services are generally locked in and less than you’d pay at other types of senior living communities.

So where should I move?

Honestly, that’s a great question, and one only you can answer based on your plans and your needs. Just do your research, visit several communities, and find the one that will fit your lifestyle now and in the future.
We’re here to help while you’re learning more about your options. Still have questions about the differences between assisted living and independent living? Want to know more about Lifecare? If you’re in central Florida and want to take a tour of Legacy Pointe at UCF, contact us. We’d love to show you the benefits of our Lifecare community.

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