For Joyce Bergquist, choosing an assisted living community was literally like coming home.
After the former real estate agent’s husband died in 2001 she eventually wanted to move back to her hometown.
Having friends in the area helped ease her transition, but for some people assisted living can be a major adjustment.
“It’s not always easy, depending on the person and how flexible and adaptable they’ve been in the past,” said a director of assisted living services. “It’s hard to accept help when you’re used to being independent at home.”
Some people have been in their home 50 to 60 years.
Assisted living offers more services than an independent living retirement community. It provides a safe, home-like group environment with a private room or suite, meals, laundry, housekeeping and other services.
To some degree, you give up your independence, but on the other hand you can’t live alone anymore.
Bergquists family is out of town but the staff at the assisted living home made it easier for her to adapt.
They staff is very helpful in making that transition. When the senior needs assistance in something the staff will be there.
At Spring Arbor, we have taken great care to design a residence that feels like home and encourages our family, our residents and staff team to enjoy life to the fullest. This makes assisted living easier to navigate and feel more like home.
Going from living on your own to living with others can be a challenge. It can be compared to leaving home for college.
Eventually most residents realize the positive benefits of having other residents around who have already been through the transition. “It beats sitting at home alone.”
The staff works to create an active atmosphere and a sense of community.
There are fitness groups, walking paths, activities room, beauty salons and a library; everybody goes to the dining room as a group, and all of these activities provides peer support, a social life, and fun.
It is almost always more cost-effective and beneficial to provide long-term care at an assisted living facility than to bring help to the house.
If you do it at home, they are still isolated. The socialization is what keeps them going. It’s not the medicine, it’s not even the food, it’s the social interaction.
For more information on assisted living residences, contact Spring Arbor.