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

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

As we age, the choice of where to spend our golden years becomes paramount. Arbor View offers distinct options for its residents: independent living and assisted living. Independent living at Arbor View is designed for those who wish to live life on their terms. In contrast, assisted living provides a nurturing environment for those requiring additional support, while maintaining the balance between independence and care. 

Let’s explore the unique facets of each below. 

Embracing Autonomy & Nurturing Support

Independent living is for those who relish the freedom to manage their daily lives without the additional hassles of homeownership. At Arbor View, residents reside in spacious apartments, with plenty of legroom, as they recognize the importance of an active and engaging retirement. With a large campus and spread-out amenities, residents can soak in the breathtaking views of Arvada’s mountain landscape. The independent living spaces are crafted for the 55+ demographic who might desire an environment that aligns with their values and aspirations.

In contrast, assisted living provides a compassionate solution for those requiring assistance with activities of daily living. Assisted living is designed to maintain residents’ cognitive abilities so they can thrive in an environment and actively participate in community activities while receiving the support required. 


A key distinction between independent and assisted living lies in the approach to safety. In independent living safety measures are in place, but the emphasis is on promoting self-reliance. Emergency call buttons and regular check-ins provide peace of mind while preserving residents’ autonomy. 

In assisted living, safety is approached with a more personalized touch. Arbor View ensures that residents in assisted living have access to emergency assistance buttons, accompanied by a heightened level of support. The community strives to provide not just a secure environment but also one that is tailored to the unique needs of individuals including enhanced lighting and easy-to-navigate walking paths. 

Socialization and Activities

Arbor View distinguishes itself by fostering a community where socialization and activities take center stage. From group fitness classes to art workshops, independent living options are designed for those who wish to live an active lifestyle true to its Coloradan roots. With transportation services, events, and planned social hours, there are plenty of opportunities for connection. 

In assisted living, residents still have access to a wide range of engaging activities designed to enhance their quality of life. Trained staff members will go the extra mile by facilitating meaningful interactions, ensuring every resident can enjoy a purposeful social life while receiving the support they need.

A Compassionate Environment

For those who appreciate the beauty of self-directed living, Arbor View can be a haven. The community understands many retirees are seeking more than just a place to stay – they want an environment that resonates with their values, interests, and the desire for self-sufficiency. 

Arbor View also recognizes that everyone’s needs are unique, and for those who require additional support, assisted living is an option. Residents can find comfort in a community that values independence but will provide the necessary assistance for a more secure lifestyle. 

In closing, Arbor View is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where both independent and assisted living residents can thrive, and call Arbor View their home. 

Want to learn more about Independent Living or Assisted Living options at Arbor View? Call 303-268-4747 or visit our website and schedule a personalized tour to see for yourself everything our community has to offer.

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