Retirement Living: Independent vs. Enhanced (Assisted) Living

As the golden years approach, many individuals and their families face the decision of choosing the right type of retirement community. Among the options, two popular choices are living independently and living with some assistance. While both cater to the needs of older adults, they serve different purposes and provide varying levels of support. By understanding the differences, seniors can make an informed decision.

Independent Living

Independent living communities are designed for seniors who are capable of living independently but seek a lifestyle that offers convenience, socialization, and freedom from the responsibilities of homeownership.

Moosehaven’s independent living residents enjoy:

  • Maintenance-free Living: Residents enjoy the perks of maintenance-free living with services such as, lawn care, maintenance and repairs handled by the staff.
  • Amenities and Activities: Moosehaven offers a range of amenities and activities tailored to seniors including a fitness center, heated therapeutic pool, recreational facilities, and organized social events.
  • Safety and Security: The community provides round-the-clock security features such as gated entrances, emergency call systems, and on-site security staff.
  • Community Atmosphere: While residents live independently, Moosehaven fosters a sense of community and camaraderie. Living among peers encourages social interaction, companionship, and a vibrant and engaging lifestyle.
  • Freedom and Flexibility: Residents maintain autonomy over their daily routines and schedules. They have the freedom to come and go as they please while enjoying the peace of mind that comes with living in a supportive environment.

Enhanced Living

Enhanced living offers many of the same benefits but caters to seniors who may require assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and meal preparation. Enhanced Living offers a higher level of care and support while promoting independence to the fullest extent possible.

Key features of Moosehaven’s Enhanced Living community include:

  • Personalized Care Plans: Each resident has an individualized care plan based on their needs and preferences. Trained staff members provide assistance with the activities of daily living.
  • 24/7 Support: Residents have round-the-clock support from caregivers and healthcare professionals.
  • Medication Management: Staff members oversee medication schedules, ensuring that residents take the right medications at the right times. This helps prevent medication errors and promotes overall health and well-being.
  • Dining Services: Nutritious meals are prepared by culinary professionals.
  • Social Engagement and Activities: Social and recreational activities such as exercise classes and hobby groups promote mental and emotional well-being.

Choosing Between Independent and Enhanced Living

When deciding between independent and enhanced living, it’s important to consider the individual’s current needs, health status, and preferences. Independent living may be suitable for active seniors who value autonomy and seek a maintenance-free lifestyle with ample social opportunities. On the other hand, enhanced living is ideal for individuals who require assistance with daily tasks and may benefit from access to 24/7 care and support.

The Best of Both at Moosehaven

At Moosehaven, we offer a full range of retirement options including both independent and enhanced living, as well as memory care. We offer the same five-star living experience and amenities to all residents and offer a continuum of care to meet our seniors’ needs today and into the future. To learn more, visit