While assisted living communities have grown in popularity over the past decade, many seniors and their adult children still have outdated ideas about them. Some believe assisted living is only for the wealthy, while others think assisted living is basically just a more upscale nursing home.
As we head in to fall, a season families often feel is a good time for a senior loved one to make a move, we share 6 important things adult children should know about assisted living.
What is Assisted Living Really Like?
Best of two worlds:
Assisted living is a good care option to consider when a senior needs a helping hand but wants to maintain their independence. Residents have their own private apartment or suite and onsite caregivers around the clock, which allows them to feel independent. Assistance with personal care and trips to the bathroom are available day and night.
Value-based housing option:
While it’s easy to understand the initial “sticker shock” an older adult might have when talking about the cost of an assisted living community for the first time, it’s important to consider everything that is included in the monthly fee. Rent, utilities, basic cable, meals, snacks, housekeeping, laundry, wellness programs, life enrichment activities, and transportation are just a few.
Vibrant living solution:
When you visit an assisted living community for the first time, you’ll likely be surprised to see how much is going on. They really are vibrant places to live! From physical fitness activities, such as yoga and swimming, to watercolor classes, bible study, movie night, and more, residents can be as engaged and active as they chose to be.
Unique dining programs:
Unlike the institutional food found in nursing homes decades ago, assisted living communities offer residents a variety of choices at mealtime. Formal dining rooms, pubs, cafes, and private dining rooms are increasingly common in assisted living communities. Chefs often design meals that are both nutritious and delicious.
Seniors who no longer drive—and even those who do—will appreciate the transportation services that are available at most assisted living communities. It can be for group outings to local restaurants, shopping centers, and theatres or for individual resident appointments. Another benefit is not having the expenses and upkeep associated with maintaining a personal car.
One of the most requested support services in an assisted living community is medication management. Because older adults often take several different medications, staying safely on track with each one can be a challenge. Staff members at assisted living communities handle all of the details from ordering refills to providing each resident with their medication at the appropriate time.
We understand the search for an assisted living community that is a good fit for you or a loved one can be stressful. That’s why we encourage you to speak with one of our experienced senior care advisors.
Our advisors know the local assisted living communities well and can help you connect with a few that match your care needs, budget, and geographic preference. Our service is always free for seniors and their families. Call us today at 888-514-6461 to learn more.