What’s the difference between independent and assisted living?

Senior women with walkers and numbered race bibs
Independent living at senior communities like Merrill Gardens offers freedom + flexibility | Photo via Merrill Gardens

If you or a family member is looking into senior living communities in the Columbia area, you likely know what you’re looking for in terms of assisted vs. independent living. For those unfamiliar:

  • Assisted living communities involve hands-on care to help residents navigate their daily lives. Think: bathing, dressing, medication management + safety checks.
  • Independent living is more hands-off, offerings residents more freedom and flexibility. Think: private apartments, fitness classes + activities, Anytime Dining, outings and more

If independent living sounds more your speed, we’re about to help narrow your search. Enter: Merrill Gardens, located across from the new 20-acre public park in The BullStreet District. 

Providing residents a vibrant life in an inviting environment, Merrill Gardens offers independent living offerings for seniors, both singles and couples, as well as 18 Memory Care apartments. Bonus: They take care of the cooking, cleaning + yard work so residents can focus on all the things they love.

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  • spacious private apartments + cozy common areas
  • fresh, restaurant-style meals
Bedroom with park views
Bedroom at Merrill Gardens ft. park views | Photo provided
  • month-to-month rental options for freedom and flexibility
  • concierge services + scheduled transportation
  • full kitchens, plus in-apartment washers + dryers
Apartment kitchen
Merrill Gardens offers spacious apartments with full kitchens | Photo provided
  • fitness area
  • 24-hour staffing + weekly housekeeping
  • private movie theatre and more
Merrill Gardens’ amenities include a salon for residents | Photo provided

Interested in checking out Merrill Gardens for yourself or a loved one? Call (803) 234-5089 or fill out a contact form to schedule a personal tour. You can also take a virtual tour anytime.