What Are Independent Living Services, and How Can They Help?
Living independently can be extremely important for both physical and mental well-being. This is where independent living services can help. Independent living services are designed to give back a degree of independence to patients who have had to struggle with a challenging illness or work through chronic pain.
At Haven Healthcare, we work with independent living facilities in the area to provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Here, we examine what this specific service option means, and exactly why it can be so helpful to some patients.
What Is It?
Independent living refers to a particular service type. Unlike assisted living or home care, independent living services provide a community for older residents who can still live somewhat independently. This means being able to take care of themselves, being able to prepare their own food, and taking care of their own personal residential space.
Providing Personal Space
One of the most beneficial factors of an independent living facility is that the residents still have their own personal space. There is a wide variety of different living spaces that come under the umbrella of “independent living”, including housing designed similarly to apartment blocks and others that function more like a housing co-op. The homes in these bespoke communities typically have what you’d expect from any other home or apartment.
The difference between an independent living facility and a regular apartment block or housing co-op is the additional services that they offer. These are communities designed to help those living with disabilities or challenges usually associated with advancing age, although some will be geared towards non-age related physical or mental health-related disabilities.
Many independent living facilities will offer a range of ways that daily life can be made easier for residents without impacting on their independence or requiring 24-hour direct care. For example, on-site hospitality or meals may be available if needed but are only provided when asked for. The same will apply to laundry, housekeeping or gardening services. On-site amenities such as fitness centers or organized activities are often available for anyone who wishes to use them.
Something like an assisted living facility will provide more hands-on care that includes daily activities like bathing, dressing, taking medication, and other important things residents can no longer do alone.
The Importance of Independence
The focus on independent living facilities and services is on just that — independence. Having independence in daily life, especially in later years, is an important part of physical and mental health. It can help build confidence and keep clients active. Having help on-hand as needed, rather than being a given, allows those living in the facility to take care of themselves, while also providing a buffer.
Find Your Feet Again with Independent Living Services
If you or an older loved one are looking to get back on your feet and start living life again, contact Haven Home Healthcare about independent living services. We work with skilled nursing facilities across the 417 area to find the right services, from in-home health care to physical rehab.