Richard is 71 and his wife Gertrude is almost 67. They both have been active trekkers until recently. They still work out and write for trekking companies. However, both have come to realize that they have slowed down noticeably. Their need for assistance with daily activities has increased over the last few months.
Their son (who lives in another state) had suggested assisted living, a suggestion his parents did not initially agree with. But, that had changed when they visited a couple who have moved to an assisted living facility. Now Richard and Gertrude are actually planning on doing the same.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a housing facility for elderly citizens who need varying degrees of assistance in their daily tasks and those who choose to live with other elderly citizens.
Aside from a wide range of facilities, conveniences and different levels of medical care, an Assisted living facility is under the watch of state government.
There are numerous benefits to assisted living and should not be thought of as a nursing facility. Here we consider seven benefits of assisted living:
- Security and Safety: All assisted living services include 24/7 security and support systems. Residents can contact assistance at any time which may not be possible (or turn out really expensive) when living at home.
Some offered security systems are able to keep a check on Dementia and Alzheimer patients so that they don’t wander out of the facility.
- Physical Fitness: Facilities are equipped with gyms and encourage physical activities that cater to the elderly. Special trainers are available to take care of every senior’s health requirements.
- Social activities: One major benefit of assisted living is the companionship. Activities are planned to suit your hobbies and interests. Gardening, book clubs, theater shows, movie outings are some of the social activities offered.
Additionally, transportation for group outings is handled by the facility.
- Laundry and housekeeping services: Activities like laundry and housekeeping become more and more challenging as we age. However, in such a facility there is always someone around to help you out with any chores. Laundry services and light housekeeping is always available as required.
- Meals: Preparing a meal is quite a challenge, especially when you have dietary restrictions. At assisted living, all your meals are taken care of with added attention paid to providing you with a healthy dish.
- Assistance with daily activities/personal care: There are many circumstances where your partner may require assistance with daily tasks. These facilities are equipped with trained professionals (both medical and non-medical) who will help with daily activities like bathing, getting dressed or providing company on a walk.
Most of these facilities have medical doctors who will visit you regularly to make sure you’re in good health. Additionally, they monitor your medical records and administer medications as prescribed.
- Sense of independence: The key component of assisted living is that you are not restricted by any routine. You are free to the independance of setting your routines as you like.
Assisted living lets you live a happy and peaceful life without having to give up your freedom to make choices.
Your loved ones are also happy knowing that you are happy, safe and taken care of. They also can have a good night’s sleep knowing that qualified help is always there