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8 Benefits of Assisted Living

Preserving self-reliance is vital for people as they age. Losing their independence is among the most significant fears seniors have. Not surprisingly, the majority of seniors intend to live independently in their homes. But the truth is that 1 in 5 U.S. adults aged 85+ say they require some assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and more.

Is there a way to maintain self-reliance and still be as independent as possible? Yes– it’s called assisted living, which you can learn more about below! 

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities provide more care and supervision than independent living or retirement communities; however, residents in assisted living do not require the level of personal or medical care as those in nursing homes or memory care communities.

Assisted living helps residents maintain as much independence as possible. It has a kind and respectful staff to attend to resident needs, such as housekeeping, laundry, meals, planned outings, social activities, transportation, and exercise and wellness programs.

For a full list of assisted living services, see below…

  • Personalized service based on resident’s life history, needs, and interests
  • Highly trained and caring staff 24/7
  • Excellent programming and activities
  • Medication management
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Dressing, toileting, and hygiene care
  • Laundry service
  • Flexible dining options
  • Religious Activities
  • Shopping Services
  • Transportation service
  • Supervised exercise program
  • Full-service beauty salon and barbershop
  • Fitness centers
  • Pet friendly
  • WiFi available
  • Housekeeping services

What are the Benefits of Assisted Living?

The advantages of assisted senior living go beyond simply receiving a helping hand from trained staff. It can make the lifestyle considerably better for the person requiring support as well as less complicated for the caregivers and family members.

1. Enjoy a Rich Social Life

Assisted living communities can help avoid boredom and loneliness in older adults. There are many social activities and stimulating programs offered. Seniors can use their new spare time to pursue passions or pick up new hobbies. All of these activities lower the risk of long-term cognitive decline.

When seniors invest time with good friends and peers, they are less likely to feel lonely. Loneliness can be damaging to bodies, minds, and overall well-being. Assisted living provides a sense of community and social outlets for all personalities.

2. Full-Time Compassionate and Professional Care

Residents have a health assessment when they move in to obtain a personalized strategy for their specific medical needs. It allows the on-site health care team to provide a personal care plan uniquely tailored to them.

Whether managing complex medication assistance, choosing an outfit, or escorting to a yoga class, our care providers and staff members are standing by to help.

3. Fun and Independence

Assisted living isn’t just about care services—it’s also about having the freedom to enjoy life. We make sure residents are doing what they can when they can. Think of assisted living care as the background to your life: it enables you to live more carefree, more confidently, and with more fun!

4. Free Time

Many seniors are capable of maintaining a home but find it more of an annoying burden than they want. They have better things to do than mow the lawn, shovel snow, sweep, dust, and vacuum. Residents in a community don’t have to worry about cleaning, cooking, or shoveling. It’s our pleasure to work for each of our residents, allowing them to catch up on a reading list, plan an exciting trip, find a new hobby, or invest more time into a lifelong interest. Making the move to assisted living means doing more of what you love.

5. Delicious Meals

Meals in assisted living are specifically created to benefit senior health because healthy residents are happy residents. Cooking for yourself can grow challenging. With nutritious meals prepared by talented chefs, residents in assisted living communities enjoy delicious meals that are not only good for meeting dietary health needs but taste good, too. Also, elegant dining rooms encourage mealtimes with friends, making each dinner not just a meal but a fun social event.

6. Transportation at Your Convenience

When driving becomes unsafe or car ownership becomes too much of a hassle, assisted living communities offer reliable transportation to local shopping, dining, events, and doctor appointments. No more shoveling the car out of snow, de-icing the windshield, or driving through heavy rains.

7. Invest in Your Future

Assisted living costs vary depending on a variety of factors, including location, amenities, services provided, and needs of the resident. The cost is often a concern for those looking at assisted living; however, living in a long-term care community can actually save residents money when compared to in-home care.

Plus, a move into assisted living opens up a variety of options for future elder care if needs should change over time. For example, each resident has an individualized, custom care plan that is regularly evaluated by a medical team, ensuring that any change in health is noticed as it happens, resulting in early diagnosis and, inevitably, better treatment options.

8. Gain Peace of Mind

All of these benefits work together to create the ultimate benefit: peace of mind. Friends and family of residents rest easy, knowing their loved one is being well cared for in a home-like environment where their needs are seen. Seniors themselves rest easier with the knowledge that they have a family in their community who is there for them, cheering for them, and helping them make the most of every day.

QUALITY CARE IS OUR PRIORITY

If your loved one requires assistance because of a medical condition and has difficulty with daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning, it may be a good time to consider assisted living to improve their quality of life.

Avista offers senior care services to allow residents to maintain their independence yet receive help when needed.

Caregivers and nurses are available 24 hours a day to help manage medications, assist with dressing and grooming, and provide companionship to our residents. We build a custom plan for each resident and believe in the power and dignity of allowing our residents to do as much for themselves as possible.

Residents in our senior living communities enjoy attractive, comfortable residences with safety and accessibility features that provide peace of mind.

Contact us to schedule a tour of any of our communities today.

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