Which Is Best-Independent Living or Assisted Living?

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Which Is Best-Independent Living or Assisted Living?

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What is

Independent Living

Also called a

Retirement community

Active adult community

Senior apartments

Continuing Care Retirement Community

55+ community


Assisted Living

Provides help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as:

Medication reminders




Household chores


Who lives in

Independent Living

Active seniors interested in like-minded neighbors who enjoy the community amenities.

Assisted Living

Seniors who need help with ADLs and may be experiencing minimal problems with their memory and/or physical health.


Independent Living

Fitness center


Group activities


Communal gourmet dining

On-campus entertainment and lectures


Assisted Living

Same as Independent Living +

Medical staff on site 24/7

Help with ADLs

Emergency response systems

Laundry service




Independent Living

Private house, cottage or apartment

Assisted Living

Private or semi-private apartment or room


Independent Living

$1,500-$3,500 per month

Assisted Living

$2,500-$4,500 per month


Want the best of both worlds?

The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that offers a continuum of care from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing. Find out how this provides the best living arrangement for your parent by calling 618-394-6400 or 800-533-6279 or contacting us online.



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