HomeAssisted LivingEvaluating Senior Housing Options: How to Decide if Independent or Assisted Living is Right for Mom

Many adult children are reluctant to talk with their parents about senior housing options.  But it’s wise to plan ahead and discuss the differences between assisted living and independent living communities. Many times, there can be a waiting list to get into a coveted community or low-income senior housing facility. In addition, the costs for senior living vary, so it’s important to start researching early, and enlist as many family members as possible to join the conversation.

How do you decide if your Mom would do better in an independent living community or an assisted living community? First off, you need to consider her specific needs. Is she able to care for herself and get around ok? Could she use some help with chores and household maintenance?  Is she interested in learning a new skill, taking up a hobby and making new friends? An independent living community in Winston-Salem, like Vienna Village, would be a good choice, since it provides a relaxing and socially interactive environment for active adults.

On the other hand, an assisted living community is ideal for seniors with physical or mental impairments, who need help with daily activities like eating, bathing and getting dressed. These facilities may be ideal for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related disorders. Assisted living communities have staff that is available around the clock to help residents with daily routines. They typically offer social and recreational programs, as well as medication management and coordination of healthcare needs.

What if you decide an independent living community in Winston-Salem is fine for now, but your parent needs more care in the future? You could look for a community that offers a continuum of care, like Vienna Village.  For more information about the senior housing options available at Vienna Village, contact us online, call 336-945-5410, or simply drop by for a visit.