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What Can You Expect in Assisted Living?

What can you expect in an assisted living community? If your loved one has been struggling to live independently or to keep up with personal or household responsibilities, you may discover a new lifestyle waiting

To get an idea of the many benefits, take a moment to compare how an assisted living community can answer the current challenges your loved one might be facing at home.

Anticipating assisted living: looking forward to the advantages

Consider the following opportunities your loved one can expect:

1. Feeling at home

When your loved one moves to an assisted living community, it won’t be a place that just feels like home – it will actually be one. Home is wherever we live; assisted living communities encourage residents to create their own feeling of home there.

Along with several choices of floorplans and locations, residents are often surprised at how quickly they feel welcome and content. After personalizing the space and being surrounded by treasured items, your loved one will soon settle in and be ready to launch a new adventure.

2. Experiencing a sense of belonging

If your loved one is worried about not fitting in or feeling alone, communities encourage and support all of their residents to adapt. Your loved one will soon appreciate the familiar setting and routine.

The staff and other residents will welcome your family as members of the community. Through friendly greetings, invitations to lunch or a staff member’s compassionate reassurance, there are quickly no strangers in assisted living.

3. Creating new friendships

Loneliness and social isolation can become a more common experience as we grow older, especially if living at home alone. It also can be difficult to meet new people and make friends.

An assisted living community is designed to help residents create many new relationships. With all of the opportunities to meet others at activities or social events, your loved one will soon discover how much everyone shares in common.

4. Delighting in dining

Your loved one may have fond memories of food shared around the table with family and friends. But for most, it wasn’t just the recipes. The shared social experience made the meals special.

Difficulty in shopping and preparing meals or living alone can lead to solitary dining. An assisted living community provides menu selections that appeal to everyone. And the joy and laughter your loved one will discover is invaluable, once joined by others around the table again.

5. Days filled with fun

It’s not uncommon for many older adults who live at home to find their days stretching out endlessly before them. Boredom or loneliness can soon set in when there is little to do or if it is difficult to plan and attend social events or interact with others.

Assisted living communities are designed to provide many opportunities to remain engaged. Your loved one may wish there were more hours in the day just to try all of the activities provided.

6. Reassurance of security and safety

Families often discover their loved one’s home was not built with safety or aging in mind. Older adults may also develop more concerns and anxiety about living alone, especially if they become ill or injured.

When a community is home, your loved one can expect there will always be someone there if assistance is ever needed. The comfort of enjoying privacy while knowing help is available is greatly reassuring.

7. Feeling independent once again

Your loved one might fear losing independence before becoming familiar with everything assisted living has to offer. Yet the discovery of how a community can boost independence is always a favorite of the assisted living residents.

Your loved one will discover that all the decisions are for the resident to make – including what to eat, when to go to bed and what activities to participate in. Residents also feel more independent when they no longer need to rely on family members for all of their caregiving needs.

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