What Is Assisted Living?
Are you or a loved one beginning to require assistance with a few of the daily tasks of living? If independence is still important but a helping hand with bathing safely, dressing or managing medications is needed, there is a wonderful solution available: an assisted living community.
What is assisted living?
Assisted living communities are one of the senior living options available. They provide assistance and care for residents who want to continue living as independently as possible but need a little help with basic daily chores.
However, they are also much more than that.
Take a look at all that an assisted living community can offer to you or a loved one to support living a high quality of life.
#1 What is assisted living? Support for maintaining an independent life.
Because loved ones may need assistance does not mean they should have to sacrifice their independence for the help. Assisted living communities actually help your loved ones feel more in control over their lives.
Most parents regret having to rely so heavily on their children for help. In a community, they receive any assistance they need and can now spend their time with family and friends enjoying each other’s company.
#2 What is assisted living? Support for creating an age-friendly home.
Most existing houses were not built with aging in mind. Your parents may be navigating steps, as well as unsafe bathrooms and kitchen cabinets that are out of reach or require a step ladder.
Assisted living residences are designed to be age-friendly. Accessibility is standard and your loved ones will no longer need to worry about climbing stairs or other unsafe features.
#3 What is assisted living? Support for realizing a desired lifestyle.
Your loved ones may have been missing out on living the kind of life they desire. Have they been able to participate in enjoyable activities or do they no longer have a strong social life?
An assisted living community not only provides a monthly calendar of activities but many planned social events to encourage residents to interact and get to know each other.
#4 What is assisted living? Support for setting and meeting wellness goals.
Your parents know how important it is to remain physically and cognitively in shape but that may have become more difficult for them to accomplish. When living at home, it can be a challenge to get to a gym or find classes that are tailored to their needs and preferences.
If they decide to move to an assisted living community, meeting their wellness goals will instantly become easier. Most communities offer on-site fitness centers or classes and instruction.
Download our complimentary guide Choosing the Right Senior Living Community: A Step by Step Guide for making an informed decision.
#5 What is assisted living? Support for making lifelong friendships.
A sad reality of life is that we often lose family members and friends as we grow older. It can also become much more of a challenge to meet new people, especially if mobility is an issue or we don’t have transportation options.
Assisted living communities make it simple and natural to meet the other residents at the many activities and social events. Sharing a meal or crossing paths in the common areas provides opportunities for conversations and getting to know how much they all have in common.
#6 What is assisted living? Support for maintaining a healthy diet.
Fueling bodies and minds with the right nutrients is essential but so too is preparing food that is also appealing and delicious. Eating healthy can become more of a challenge and your loved ones may be substituting snacks or even skipping meals.
They will love the many choices provided at an assisted living community, including healthy selections that also appeal to their palates.
#7 What is assisted living? Support for reassurance and security.
If your parents have become more anxious about their safety and security, you may have wondered how to help. An assisted living community is designed to do just that.
Your loved ones will appreciate the added safety features in both their residence and community as well as know that while they are supported to enjoy their privacy, they are never truly alone if help is ever needed.
#8 What is assisted living? Support for the family.
Family members also need support as they help their loved ones adapt to the transition of moving into senior living. There is an adjustment period for the families as well.
An assisted living community is well trained and aware of how to support their residents’ families and help them continue to be active and engaged in the lives of their loved ones.
Discover life at a Northbridge community.
If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a family member, we hope you’ll visit one of our communities. You’ll find a maintenance-free, activity-filled and engaging lifestyle to help support your wellness goals.
You’ll also discover many benefits in a Northbridge Senior Living community, including our Signature Program S.T.A.R. Club (Sharp Thinking, Active Residents) – which offers our residents several activities to participate in with others, including:
- Daily exercise group
- Walking club
- Tai Chi & yoga
- Nutritional classes
- Library and book club
- Museum outings
- Artists in residence program
- Multi-generational music
- Genealogy Generations
We’re here to answer any of your questions and invite you to download our complimentary guide Choosing the Right Senior Living Community: A Step by Step Guide for Making an Informed Decision. Please contact us if we can provide further information or if you would like to schedule a personalized tour.