Whether making decisions about senior care for you or a loved one, it’s important to understand the various aspects of senior living options, specifically when it comes to knowing the difference between independent living and assisted living. The major variation between these two is all about an individual’s ability to manage daily activities without any extra assistance, which affects housing and care options.

What Is Independent Living?

Independent living is ideal for active seniors, generally, 55 and older, who do not need assistance with daily activities, yet enjoy and appreciate the benefits of assistance with routine tasks such as housekeeping, lawn care, dining options, etc. This maintenance-free lifestyle supports their independence with private apartments or homes in a community that encourages an active lifestyle with access to amenities, activities, and services that foster connection, engagement, camaraderie, and more.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is designed to encourage as much independence as possible for aging seniors while providing housing, services, and care for individuals who need assistance with daily activities such as dressing, grooming, cooking, medication management, etc. Aging adults who also enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and engaging social activities benefit from amenities and services that support a thriving lifestyle — all with access to routine assistance and care as needed for daily living.

What Is a Continuum of Care?

A continuum of care is the benefit and convenience of living in one place that provides access to levels of care needed for various health and lifestyle needs. Also known as a Life Plan Community, residents are afforded a continuum of care and comfort knowing that if their health needs ever change, services are available to accommodate levels of care all within one community — independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and memory care.

The Brookridge Difference

Our Life Plan Community in the heart of Winston-Salem offers a continuum of care that encompasses vibrant independent living, engaged assisted living, person-centered memory care, and skilled medical and nursing care. As part of the Baptist Retirement Homes family, our commitment to quality care and meaningful living is an opportunity every one of our residents deserves at Brookridge.

Independent living available at our community offers lovely garden homes and five styles of congregate apartments for individuals or couples who wish to choose a carefree lifestyle in a vibrant community with full-service amenities, from housekeeping to fine dining. Residents enjoy maintenance-free living, fun campus and community activities, neighborly camaraderie, and more.

For assisted living, private rooms with a complete bath are available in the Prince Nursing Care Center to individuals who need some assistance with daily living tasks, such as dressing, meals, or bathing. Medication technicians are available to assist residents with medication monitoring, and licensed nurses are available 24 hours a day.

As part of the Baptist Retirement Homes family, one of the major benefits of calling Brookridge home is the security of lifetime care, including the promise that if a resident’s life expectancy outdistances their financial resources, we will continue to care for them for the remainder of their lives.


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