Assisted Living Explained

A Better Quality of Life for Loved Ones

Assisted living is just that, it provides “assistance” to residents within a community. Assisted living can offer many services from shower assistance to medication reminders in the comfort of an individual’s apartment home. There is also a nurse available to set up medications or check on assisted living residents when they do not feel well. Assisted living normally offers three hot meals a day, with many communities offering a menu of selections at each sitting with restaurant-style service in a dining room.

There are plenty of social opportunities available to assisted living residents. Calendars are filled with outings, parties, book clubs, crafts, games, socials and so much more. Through these many social opportunities, the residents develop a healthy and supportive community of relationships with their neighbors. It is beautiful to see residents engaging with each other and truly looking out for one another. Assisted living resident can come and go as they please and have their families visit privately in their own apartment.

Many families also feel peace-of-mind knowing their loved one is cared for on a daily basis. Families often comment that they see such an improvement after their loved ones move into assisted living. That is generally attributed to three healthy meals a day, daily oversight, and social interaction. Often times, assisted living residents had previously lived alone for some time. Cooking meals for one can be a burden and eating alone is lonely. Moving to an assisted living community takes that burden away. The social opportunities replace the loneliness. Residents choose to attend as many or as few programs as they like. Some residents do not prefer structured programming but are more comfortable sitting in one of the many common spaces having a conversation with a friend or group of friends. For whatever social style is preferred, there is certainly something for everyone.

The clinical support of having a nurse on-site is so beneficial when a resident is not feeling well or has to juggle multiple doctors’ appointments. The nurse can also assist with obtaining orders for lab work or orders for physical therapy. The assisted living community often offers physical therapy or a fitness program to maintain, or help regain, strength and balance.

The overall wellness (physical, mental, social, and spiritual) of assisted living residents is the number one priority of assisted living communities and the professionals who enjoy serving within them.

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