Introduction to Senior Living

The fact you’ve visited this page means you are probably retiring soon and deciding on your next steps in life, or planning to move an elderly loved one in to an assisted care or senior care community and have many questions.

The world of senior care can be somewhat confusing for the uninitiated. For starters, there are several different types of communities and many different levels of care.

Maintaining a house as you age can start to feel like a burden. Some seniors have embraced the work involved in aging-in-place, but others opt to take advantage of the communities, activities, and extra help available in senior living facilities.

When you start to consider the option of moving into a senior living home, you’ll find yourself faced with a number of different types to consider. Two of the most popular options out there are independent living and assisted living.

In this article, we present a general guide to the two types of senior living situations and the levels of care commonly available at each.

At a Glance

Independent Living
  • For self-reliant individuals who want to enjoy the freedom of cultural, social and physical services at their fingertips
  • Independence to choose the lifestyle offerings offered

Assisted Living
  • Require a certain degree of support with basic tasks (e.g. Medication, eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting)
  • Lifestyle offerings that are tailored to their needs (e.g. Social events and wellness programmes)

Types of Senior Living

  • Surrounded by other seniors likely to become friends
  • Regularly planned activities you can take part in
  • Amenities one will appreciate. E.G. a relaxed lounge, speciallyequipped gym and an outdoor garden

The key difference between the two types of senior living is in the level of care provided:

Independent living communities

  • Comfortable taking care of themselves
  • Prefer to be in the independent living facility to enjoy the community and peace of mind that help is at hand when needed.

Services typically provided:

  • Recreational social events
  • Daily programmes and classes
  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Wellness programs
  • Security services

Assisted living communities

  • Require a certain degree of support with basic tasks
  • Lifestyle offerings that are tailored to their needs

Services typically provided:

  • Getting dressed
  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Using the restroom
  • Health services and medication management
  • Transportation
  • Wellness programs
  • Social events
  • Housekeeping
  • Meals prepared

About Rei Seraya Residences

It’s complex and challenging to understand how to fit your specific elderly loved one’s current situation to one of the available options. If you’re really not sure which option might be best for you, don’t hesitate to consult with our expert team of consultants to find out what suits you or your loved ones the best at or +012 262 8910.

At Rei Seraya Residences, we care about the well-being and welfare of all our residents, providing bespoke peace of mind and life-enabling solutions for you, for life.