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What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?

As you begin to explore senior living options, it helps to understand the differences between Independent Living and Assisted Living. Knowing what you want now, and what you may need in the future, can help you make smart choices today about the best place to live in retirement. Some people move into Independent Living in their 60s or 70s and stay independent their whole lives. Others might make a quick transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living, or move directly into Assisted Living to get the help they need.

Many seniors delay moving into senior living communities, and by the time they do, they may find that assisted living is a better fit than independent living. That’s why we encourage you and your family to consider all the options when shopping for senior living. Starting your search early is key to finding a community with all the features you want to enjoy now plus the health services you may need in the future.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

What is Independent Living? Independent living is designed for older adults who are self-sufficient in all aspects of daily living. It offers a lifestyle that empowers you to be as independent as possible as you enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle. 

Why choose Independent Living? Independent Living is a good choice if you don’t need help with your day-to-day routine, but do appreciate the benefits of a maintenance-free lifestyle without the responsibilities of housekeeping, cooking, yardwork, home repairs, and other chores.

What is Assisted Living? Assisted Living provides help and support with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and other daily tasks. Highly trained staff members are available to provide help when needed, with licensed nursing staff on-site or on call in case of emergency. 

Why choose Assisted Living? If you or a loved one is having difficulty managing daily tasks around the house or taking medications on schedule, it’s time to consider the benefits of moving to Assisted Living. An Assisted Living community offers all the comforts of home and the extra help you need at the push of a button.


A Range of Residential Options at The Culpeper

The best senior living communities provide an upscale experience in both Independent Living and Assisted Living with everything you need right at your fingertips. At The Culpeper, we offer modern and spacious residences throughout our community, with breathtaking views and thoughtfully designed spaces.

If you’re ready to move into Independent Living, our brand-new Independent Living cottages at The Culpeper offer convenient one-level living with open floor plans and an attached garage. Experience a carefree lifestyle with all the perks of smart home technology, maintenance-free living, and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views. 

If you’re looking for Assisted Living, you’ll love our beautiful new Assisted Living apartment homes at The Culpeper. Choose from a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartment; each has a kitchenette, private bath with special safety features, oversized closets, large windows with mountain views, and a 24-hour emergency response system.

Resort-Style Amenities and Services

Independent Living and Assisted Living residents enjoy full access to the amenities and services within a community setting, such as restaurant-style dining, wellness programs, lifelong learning classes, and a robust calendar of enriching activities. As a resident of The Culpeper, you’ll love the convenient access to services that make life easier, such as housekeeping services, postal services, transportation to local shopping and medical appointments, and more.


Finding the Right Fit

Moving to a senior living community is a big change, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to move forward with confidence knowing that help is available whenever you need it. We encourage you to visit our lovely campus and start planning your future with us. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of moving to The Culpeper, an exceptional senior living community in Culpeper, VA.