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Independent Living or Assisted Living: Which is Right for You?

assisted living or independent living
The choice between assisted living and independent living doesn’t have to be a difficult one. It’s all about evaluating the level of care you feel that you need at this stage in your life. Assisted living provides help with certain everyday tasks like bathing and medication, in addition to a cozy community feel. Independent living has that same sense of community but with greater freedom in terms of what’s taken care of.

The Benefits of Assisted Living

As you age, your health needs often become more complex. At an assisted living facility, trained staff are available to support you in keeping track of taking medication and going to healthcare appointments. If you require extra help with personal care or eating, the staff at these facilities are well-equipped to guide you through the activities of daily living.

In addition to the support systems available at an assisted living facility, you also have access to a wide range of social activities in the community, as well as transportation to outside events. This arrangement lets you take part in any and all activities that are comfortable for you.

Life in an Independent Living Community

An independent living facility can also be called a retirement community, an active adult community, or a community for seniors that are 55+. Moving into a facility for independent living is a good choice if you want greater comfort in your lifestyle. These facilities are very similar to condominium developments because the staff at an independent living community will do the housekeeping and landscaping for you. You also won’t have to make any meals yourself.

Independent living facilities offer the convenience of being in a social group with other seniors, without the hassle of having to maintain a home. Some facilities are designed as apartment buildings, while others are structured as detached houses on the same campus. Either way, an independent living community allows you to structure your day around your interests or easily visit with other residents.

The Watermark of Gulf Breeze Approach

Watermark of Gulf Breeze is an assisted living & independent living facility located in the beautiful panhandle of Florida. It’s right on the coast so you can enjoy the best of what the Sunshine State has to offer all while getting the care you need. The nurturing environment at Watermark of Gulf Breeze is captured in the soothing layout: our rooms are brightly lit with a relaxing color scheme.

We believe in treating you with dignity and respect so your loved ones can feel confident that you are living safely and happily in this new environment. Your comfort and well-being is our passion.

Our facilities are perfectly suited to the level of support that you need or want. Each apartment features a spacious floor plan as well as an Emergency Call system for each unit. Our experienced staff can help you with anything from getting dressed in the morning to assisting you in taking your medication for ease of mind so you can focus on living life to the fullest. Take the worry out of cleaning your room or doing laundry – at Watermark of Gulf Breeze, we make sure that chores are already taken care of.

Spend time on our meticulously landscaped grounds, and entertain guests or get your friends together in one of our many common areas. Get engaged with the community through our social and recreational events, and catch up on reading in our library. We boast three dining rooms, so you’ll always have access to nutritious, prepared meals. Kitchenettes are available as well if you’d like to make your own food. Patio units mean that the beach is just a step away!

If you’re ready to make the transition to an assisted living community, schedule a free tour at Watermark of Gulf Breeze to discover how much we have to offer.