Ask the Doctor: Assisted Living vs. Independent Living

Dr. Paul Miranda Talks about Living Options for Seniors


Q. What is the difference between an independent living community and an assisted living community?

A. Senior independent living communities cater to seniors who are very independent and have few medical problems. Residents live in fully-equipped private apartments. This offers today’s baby boomers the convenience of community living in a carefree environment. Amenities may include comfortable private rooms, one to three daily home-cooked meals, basic housekeeping and laundry services, exercise and activity programs, an onsite beauty and barber salon, and social programs and activities. Assisted living communities are considered the next step along the continuum of care. These cater to seniors who suffer from increasing medical problems, but do not require the health care services of a nursing home. Assisted living communities routinely provide assistance with medications, activities of daily living, and housekeeping as well as three meals per day. Residents live in private apartments that frequently have a limited kitchen area, and a staff is available 24 hours a day for additional safety. Most assisted living communities also provide licensed nursing services.


atd-assisted-livingPaul Miranda, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician and Medical Director Balanced Life Family Medicine Located in Ooltewah at 1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd. 423.825.4881