5 Benefits of Living in an Assisted Living Community
September 07, 2019
Submitted by Surpass Senior Living
As aging seniors grow older, there are certain lifestyle changes that can occur. Over time, preparing meals or even maintaining a home can be challenging and may necessitate daily assistance. One option to relieve the stress of needing increased help is to reside at an assisted living community which can provide your loved one with many benefits and eliminate those challenges.
If you and your family are trying to weigh your options on whether assisted living is the right choice, here are some points to consider:
1. Increased Quality of Life
An individual may still be able to perform most daily chores and they don’t need tasks done for them when they can do them for themselves just fine. The goal is to support the senior in living as independently as possible for as long as possible. Instead of worrying about all that comes with home ownership: daily housekeeping, paying multiple bills, landscaping, etc., there is one monthly bill. Utilities, housekeeping, and cooking are all included in the rent. You can plan a day of activity or relaxation instead of worrying about those items.
2. Social and Recreational Opportunities
One of the sad facts of living a longer life is that we will endure the loss of dear friends and family members. Losing lifelong relationships can lead to a more reclusive lifestyle. Many research studies show that having a socially rich life is an important part of promoting good health and positive emotions. Just like our taste buds change as we age, you may find that you enjoy an activity now that you would not have thought of doing in years past. Assisted Living communities have vibrant programming with music, art, exercise, reading clubs, eating out, etc. Residents are not forced to do activities, but quality of life tends to be better for those who participate. Life just takes on more meaning when shared with others.
3. Minimize Hazards
Much research is put into the design of an Assisted Living community. Each will have their own personal touch, but there are some common themes you will see: Wider hallways to provide space for wheelchairs and/or scooters, higher toilet seats and walk-in showers to help reduce falls, emergency pull cords along with the option of a pendant than can be worn around the neck, etc. These safety items can make it much easier for an elderly person to continue living independently, while minimizing the need for additional interventions.
4. Rapid Response to Emergency Situations
Even with environmental safety features in place and certified caregivers working in the community 24/7, accidents can still happen. Having access to trained personnel, throughout the day and night, can mean the difference between a small incident and a life-threatening event. In a community setting, problems can be noticed and addressed more quickly due to regular evaluations done by the nurse, and daily interaction with caregivers and other staff. Dining staff are great at noticing changes in eating behavior that can help the wellness team resolve what may be a minor issue before it becomes a more serious issue. Quick response translates into a better chance of overcoming difficulties.
5. Customized Care for Each Resident
Perhaps the signature quality of assisted care is in its adaptability to the individual’s needs. A person who requires help with their mobilization requires a different set of support than someone who is having trouble remembering details, like when they last ate, or when their favorite TV show is coming on. Instead of losing all independence and privacy, assisted living centers make it possible to provide just the support needed for each person.
An assisted living community offers a built-in social network and support group. Residents can create meaningful relationships with residents and staff. Developing fulfilling relationships can make life more meaningful for seniors, increasing their quality of life, and positively impacting overall wellness.
It is a difficult decision to leave the familiarity of a home you’ve lived in for any length of time and sometimes even harder to be the one making that decision for a loved one. What will ease that process is the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are safe and have someone to assist and care for them at all hours of the day and night. This reassurance allows family to focus on making the most of time spent with their loved one.
Senior Living is unique at Surpass Senior Living communities. We strive to provide an optimal level of holistic care and service for our residents that sets us apart from other communities. Every Moment Treasured. Every Moment Yours. That’s the Mariposa Way.
Visit SurpassLiving.com to learn more about life at Mariposa Point communities or call to schedule a tour for Mariposa Point of Gilbert 480-702-3271, Mariposa Point of Surprise 623-289-1845, or Mariposa Point of Mesa 480-712-7169.
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