Choosing a new home is an exciting adventure for individuals of all ages. For active seniors, assisted living provides unlimited possibilities to experience a lifestyle filled with social activities, delicious meals, and maintenance-free living.
The choice to move to an assisted living community is one that families often consider as a parent or family member ages. Deciding on the services needed in assisted living is something the community's staff assist the seniors in choosing. Community personnel regularly meet with residents and their families, before moving in and then afterwards, to best meet the person's needs. With 24-hour personalized care, well-trained staff can provide discreet assistance in activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing and medication management.
Often seniors and their families begin searching for an assisted living community when there is a decline in overall ability to complete chores and tasks.
Assisted living is often the right choice for seniors who just need a little help throughout the day to maintain their independence. Caregivers and the potential community member are encouraged to learn more about the services, amenities, and care offered by meeting with the community's representative.
It's never too early to start planning. In fact, some individuals tour 6-12 months before services may be needed so that when the time comes they have made their decision on their next home.
Assisted living may be the best decision if someone is experiencing the following signs:
- Inability to manage a home's upkeep
- Needs assistance with meals
- Reoccurring loneliness and social isolation
- Concerns regarding living independently without supervision
- Individual no longer feels safe alone
- Medications aren't taken timely or properly
- Decline in function and personal appearance/hygiene
- No longer able to drive
- Forgetfulness that can lead to unsafe situations
- Lack of motivation or inability to enjoy the activities and hobbies from the recent past.