Senior Housing–What’s the Difference?

There are many options to meet the housing needs of aging adults. The three most popular types of senior housing in New York State are independent living, assisted living, and memory care. If you’re just starting the task of finding senior housing for yourself or your loved one, you may have one big question: what’s the difference? It’s important to understand the different levels of senior housing available to make informed decisions for ourselves and our loved ones. Let us walk you through what you need to know.

Independent Living

Independent living is a good option for those who are finding it harder to manage the upkeep of a home, but are still active and in good health. Many independent housing communities, including all five Eddy communities, offer independent living for seniors and couples but with the added security of assistance with daily tasks such as housekeeping and medication management. These communities offer social activities and outings to ensure their residents remain active and engaged.

Assisted Living

For those who need a little more hands-on help, there is assisted living. All of the Eddy Senior Living communities offer assisted living on the same campus as independent living, so if the transition is needed it’s as simple as going next door. These facilities offer increased assistance with daily personal care such as bathing, housekeeping, cooking, and greater access to medical professionals. Additionally, assisted living communities provide transportation and social activities to promote independence and maintain quality of life.

Memory Care

Those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory impairment may benefit from a memory care community. Currently, Eddy Senior Living has three memory care facilities; Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center in Cohoes, Eddy Memory Care at Eddy Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush, and Memory Care at The Glen at Hiland Meadows in Queensbury. These communities are specially designed to cater to the needs of those with impaired memories. From the way the buildings are constructed to the security of the facility, to the activities planned for residents, every detail is thought through to ensure your loved one is in the ideal environment to live comfortably with their diagnosis. These facilities often offer personalized care plans, medication management, and other services to support the physical and emotional needs of their residents.

Independent living, assisted living, and memory care all offer unique benefits and services that cater to different needs and preferences. Ultimately, the right choice will depend on a variety of factors, including health, mobility, finances, and personal preferences. When you’re familiar with the different levels of senior housing, you can make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones to ensure a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life as they age.

What’s the best fit for you or your loved one? Talk to us today, and we can help you find the level of care and Eddy Senior Living community that fits your needs!