Active and assisted living are both types of senior housing that allow far greater freedom to residents than other types of senior living communities, such as skilled nursing care or memory care facilities, but these communities distinguish themselves in the level of care they provide.
Active living residents are largely autonomous and do not need much daily assistance. These communities actively encourage active seniors to get up, move, and engage with others, providing a more hands-on approach to community engagement. They choose to live in a communal setting for the emotional benefits and to leave household chores behind. In fact, both communities are great housing options for older adults who want to relieve themselves of homeownership and home maintenance responsibilities.
By contrast, assisted living residents do need a little extra assistance during the day. They are for people who may have full-time medical care needs, but that does not mean they will have to give up their independence. For example, they may require caregivers to help them get dressed or prepare meals, but they do not need the extensive level of care that someone living in a nursing home might.