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July 5, 2022

The Difference Between Independent, Assisted and Memory Care Services


Navigating retirement residence living can feel daunting at first. What level of support is required, and when? Where is the best place to live that will have all of the requirements for your or your loved one’s physical and mental wellbeing?

Understanding the difference between the levels of care available is the first step towards selecting what’s right for you or your loved one’s needs.

Independent Living

This “entry level” of care is a great way for seniors to dip their toe into retirement residence living. It provides a ready-made social environment that fosters engagement and connection within the community. Support is on-hand if required, with a team of professionals ready in case of health concern. But residents in Independent Living do just that! You have the freedom to live independently, come and go as you please, with the bonus of having access to the retirement residence’s amenities, services such as our chef-inspired dining—experienced in our community dining room, or you have the flexibility to dine in your suite—and senior’s programming like socials and fitness clubs. Independent living offers the freedom to live your way, with peace of mind and available care when you need it.

The essentials of Independent Living:

  • Two exceptional, chef-inspired meals daily and a continental breakfast
  • Specialized and purpose-built life enrichment and fitness programs
  • Personalized wellness programs
  • Weekly housekeeping services including laundering of bed linens and towels
  • Emergency response system including pendant

Assisted Living

Our team of caring professionals is ready to assist residents with daily activities while encouraging independence where possible. Like Independent Living, socializing is encouraged through numerous programs, activities, and amenities. Individualized attention is placed on assisting personal care needs and inspiring purposeful living with spirit and energy. Assisted Living residents enjoy three exceptional, chef-inspired meals daily in our dining room, medication administration assistance, and Life Enrichment activities designed for cognitive and physical benefits.

The essentials of Assisted Living:

  • Three exceptional, chef-inspired meals daily
  • Medication administration
  • Assistance with personal care needs, including assistance with bathing and showering
  • Specialized and purpose-built life enrichment and fitness programs
  • Personalized wellness programs
  • Weekly housekeeping services including laundering of bed linens and towels

Memory Care Services

Our secure Memory Care households are purposefully designed for peace of mind that your loved one is safe and looked after by trained professionals. Every activity is designed to stimulate cognitive needs, while design elements are in place to ease the anxiety that goes hand-in-hand for those living with mental frailties. Distractions are minimal in this specialized environment, and we ensure you have 24/7 support from highly trained team members in a loving, safe and secure environment.

The essentials of Memory Care:

  • 24/7 registered nurse supervision
  • Purposefully designed secured household
  • Specialized brain fitness and cognitive cueing exercises
  • Three exceptional, chef-inspired meals daily
  • Medication administration
  • Assistance with personal care needs, including assistance with bathing and showering

Weighing Your Senior Living Care Options

The choice is personal and depends on numerous factors such as physical capability and mental awareness. For example, a loved one with early onset dementia may do very well in an assisted living community, while those with a current independent lifestyle may be struggling more with the day-to-day and could benefit from extra support that a retirement residence offers. The cost of each level of care varies, as does the physical layout depending on which wellness level you choose and the residence.

Find your retirement community to explore your options today.