Assisted Living is not your grandma’s nursing home. Today there are all types of amenities, healthy options and social activities for your loved ones. From barber and beauty services to gourmet dining and spas; assisted living can offer seniors not only fun and social activities, but also access to gourmet dining and state-of-the-art medical care. Through these services as well as social activities, many seniors are finding that today’s assisted living communities provide convenience, happiness and improved quality of life.
Top Reasons to Move to Assisted Living
Assisted living is a great intermediate step for seniors who need more help than the family can provide at home, but who don’t need the round-the-clock medical care of a nursing facility.
Here are a few ways assisted living trumps living at home as it offers better health and happiness for seniors:
1. A Safe Living Environment
Families often have to make home modifications and hire in-home care to make the family home safe for seniors whose physical health begins to wane. From medical alert systems to shower grab-bars, wheelchair-accessible ramps, and more — these expenses can add up; especially if supervised care is needed 24/7. Assisted living communities are designed for accessibility and increased senior mobility, helping seniors avoid falls and accidentsand providing access to medical assistance, whether it’s medical staff within the community or accessibility to a nearby hospital.
2. Daily Fitness and Physical Therapy
Retirement and assisted living communities offer many fitness and physical therapy programs to keep seniors active, from Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba classes, to endurance and strength-building workouts. Fitness programs are also are catered to senior citizens and specific medical conditions. Even gardening clubs in the community can provide exercise and fun to help seniors stay active and release endorphins. Staying active in organized group settings can also help seniors treat arthritis, keep their circulation flowing and keep their bodies engaged in healthy ways. Opportunities for physical fitness in assisted living go far beyond what family caregivers can easily provide at home.
3. Opportunities for Socialization
Loneliness and social isolation have been linked to poor health outcomes, and many seniors suffer from isolation for the following reasons:
- They are retired and no longer have socialization in the work environment
- They can no longer easily meet people for lunch or attend social events because of physical ailments or transportation issues
- Their friends and spouse may have passed away
In assisted living, seniors can easily socialize with peers, not only in common areas but also through planned, structures activities like cultural events and field trips. Assisted living actually inspire seniors to get involved, which leads to greater happiness and quality of life.
4. Healthy Dining Catered to Medical Conditions
It can be very difficult to supervise senior nutrition at home. Seniors living alone may find it unappealing to cook for one, and it’s challenging for family caregivers to monitor whether their loved ones are receiving the necessary nutrients. In fact, many seniors suffer from malnutrition, which make their health and well-being decline — despite family’s attempts to keep them healthy. In assisted living, residents are served three meals a day tailored to their specific medical conditions, such as difficulty swallowing or diabetes, and some luxury communities even offer gourmet dining.
5. Help with Activities of Daily Living
Housekeeping, yard work and regular activities of daily living (ADLs) can often be a burden to seniors. Having the details of living taken care of in assisted living allows seniors the freedom to enjoy their autumn years with others’ their age, in addition to take advantage of assisted living activities and amenities. Family caregivers or hired in-home help are also generally responsible for helping with ADLs such as bathing, dressing, eating, which can be quite expensive without the social and activity benefits that go along with assisted living. Assisted living provides expert help with ADLs to allow seniors more independence for the activities that make them happy, which in turn offers better quality of life.
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