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What's the Difference Between Assisted Living & a Retirement Community? January 11, 2019

What's the Difference Between Assisted Living & a Retirement Community?, West Plains, Missouri

As your parents age, they face new challenges, and it’s important to find a community where they can feel comfortable and cared for. Many seniors opt to move into assisted living or a retirement community, and while these may seem similar, they have differences. When deciding on an option for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to understand your options. Below, you’ll find a full breakdown to help you make the right choice.

Retirement Community vs. Assisted Living

Retirement Community

retirement community A retirement community—also referred to as independent living—is a carefully curated setting where residents can live comfortably on their own and enjoy assistance as needed. Many offer unique lifestyle elements and amenities, such as dining, entertainment, and medical assistance, and seniors are encouraged to connect with their neighbors during group events. Many hospitality services, such as housecleaning, are also offered. A retirement community is best for someone who can fully care for themselves but wants to be around people their age and have access to assistance if needed.

Assisted Living

An assisted living community is more structured and includes a programmed routine to ensure residents enjoy a stress-free environment. While an independent lifestyle is encouraged, residents can also rely on medical and staff assistance throughout the day for hygiene, completing tasks around their units, and handling general chores. Community staff members take efforts to accommodate residents with medical conditions that aren’t life-threatening and maintain programs where seniors can enjoy offsite trips, community events, and all the essential amenities that create a resort-like experience.


If you’re interested in exploring assisted living or retirement community options, turn to West Vue. Located in Howell County, MO, they provide a variety of living options. For 40 years they have ensured residents have all their needs taken care of. Their 100-acre campus features a rehabilitation center, retirement apartments, and assisted living and nursing care facilities—all of which you can view on their website. Call (417) 256-2152 to schedule a tour.

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