When many people think about assisted living homes, a vision of an environment that is closer to a nursing home may come to mind. While a nursing home may be the right environment for older adults who require frequent nursing assistance or who have other specialized needs, an assisted living home is the perfect environment for older adults who are mostly or completely independent. With this in mind, why would a senior decide to move into an assisted living home? Living in an assisted living home comes with several substantial benefits, and these benefits could make an assisted living home right for you.
A Better Quality of Life
For many older adults, keeping up with the home that they have lived in for years is increasingly difficult. Getting groceries, preparing meals and tackling other essentials also take up a considerable amount of time and energy. There may be little time left over for nurturing relationships and simply enjoying life. In an assisted living home, meal preparation, laundry, cleaning and other essentials are taken care of by the staff. With newfound free time, seniors can take advantage of social and fitness activities that are planned throughout the week and enjoy leisure time on their own.
A Balance Between Independence and Support
Some people are afraid that they will lose their independence when they move into an assisted living home, but the opposite is true. Many residents in an assisted living home require help with a few minor aspects of their day, and they are completely independent otherwise. A senior’s abilities will evolve over time. In an assisted living home, caregivers will adjust their efforts as needed. Because of this, residents are as independent as they are able to be and are also properly supported as needed.
Health and Well-Being
Assisted living homes are designed with the safety and well-being of seniors in mind. In addition to being retrofitted to enhance safe mobility, the homes are secure and staffed at all hours. Three healthy meals as well as snacks are prepared daily, and all of those chores that may have otherwise required risky movements will be taken care of by the staff. With physical activities planned and plenty of social interaction available with residents and caregivers, all aspects of a senior’s health and well-being are tended to.
All of the Comforts of Home
Assisted living homes provide residents with a private bedroom. All basic furniture is provided, and residents are invited to bring décor and treasured items from home. A resident’s bedroom is a private, comfortable space, and help is always available as needed. In the common areas of the assisted living home, you will find comfortable seating areas, places to play games with other residents, quiet areas to read and more. You can even enjoy fresh air and sunshine by spending time in the yard. If you have not toured an assisted living home recently, now may be the perfect time to do so. Through a tour, you can experience the welcoming, home-like environment that residents enjoy. You can also meet with the friendly caregivers and get all of your questions answered. For many of our residents at Splendor Oaks Senior Living, quality of life improves after they get settled in their new home, and this could be the case for you as well.