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Assisted Living Defined

Could your loved one use a helping hand with a few daily tasks? Has planning and preparing meals become more challenging? Is there an increased risk of becoming socially isolated or lonely due to loss of family or friends?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you may want to learn more about assisted living – a senior living community that can provide the features your loved one needs to live a high-quality life.

If you’re not familiar with assisted living, you’ll be excited to discover how they help residents create new friendships, remain engaged and maintain their independence.

What Is Assisted Living?

Imagine your loved one taking advantage of the following benefits that define an assisted living community:

1. An accessible residence

It’s not uncommon for families to discover their loved one doesn’t live in an age-friendly home. There may be steps and stairs to navigate, as well as narrow doors and hallways and inaccessible bathrooms. Extensive and expensive renovations can be required.

An assisted living community provides a private and move-in ready residence that can be personalized to make it home.

2. A helping hand when needed

If your loved one requires assistance with daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing, grooming or managing medications, it may become difficult for family and friends to maintain a needed schedule.

An assisted living community includes a well-trained staff that will provide the help your loved one needs, allowing your relationship to return to son or daughter instead of sole caregiver.

3. A chance to participate in activities and social events

Remaining engaged in enjoyable activities or attending entertaining events with others can become more difficult when living at home. Unfortunately, loneliness or becoming socially isolated can be the result – which is detrimental to both physical and cognitive health.

At assisted living, a monthly calendar of activities and social events is provided so your loved one will always have options to choose from and opportunities to interact with others.

4. An opportunity to make new friends

As the years pass, dear friends may move or close family members may be lost. At the same time, it is often discovered that it’s more difficult to meet new people and make friends.

At assisted living, it’s easy and natural to create friendships – either at one of the many activities or social events or even when crossing paths in the common areas.

5. Fitness activities to stay in shape

Many people find it more challenging to maintain fitness goals and keep up with a routine when living at home. Getting to the gym or other classes and arranging for transportation can present other obstacles as well.

An assisted living community makes it as easy as walking out the front door. Residents will have access to a fitness center or exercise classes to help them stay in shape and meet their wellness goals.

6. Healthy dining without the responsibility of cooking

Older adults may find it becoming more challenging to plan and prepare healthy meals. They might begin substituting snacks or skipping meals altogether – missing out on needed nutrition.

An assisted living community provides healthy and delicious menu options so your loved one will always be able to find choices that appeal to their dietary needs and palates.

7. Transportation when no longer driving

When individuals stop driving, they may find themselves beginning to miss out on activities of interest or opportunities to socialize with family and friends.

At assisted living, scheduled transportation is provided so residents don’t need to worry about driving, parking or traffic. And they appreciate no longer needing to rely on others for rides.

8. Safety and security support

It’s common to begin feeling less secure or safe when growing older and especially if living at home alone. Anxiety about becoming injured or ill and not having access to help can also increase.

An assisted living community provides safety and security in both the community and the personal residences. It is also reassuring to know there is someone there if help is ever needed.

Life at a Milestone Community

If you’re looking at options for retirement living, we invite your family to visit one of our Milestone communities – designed to support your loved ones to live their highest quality of life.

We offer studio and one-bedroom private apartments for our assisted living residents as well as private or shared memory care suites for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Our memory care residents are cared for by our compassionate and specially trained team – who meet them wherever they are in their journey with patience and kindness. The residents also have access to customized activities, programs and an elevated secured courtyard.

Our amenities and services encourage our residents in assisted living to engage with others, remain as independent as possible and be reassured that help is available whenever needed.

In addition to our personalized services, we offer:

If your family is considering retirement living, we hope you will visit one of our communities. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions. Please contact us

with any questions you may have or to arrange a personal tour.

 

We also invite you to download our complimentary Family Decision Toolkit