Why Assisted Living Is a Preferred Senior Care Option

Written By: Discovery Senior Living

It's quite common for people to need some help and assistance with daily living activities as they age. Yet, simultaneously, many seniors love their independence.

There is a solution: assisted living. Assisted living truly provides the best of both worlds to seniors, and that's why there are 30,600 assisted living communities in the U.S.

Assisted living offers a safe place to live with access to assistance while providing privacy, freedom, and independence. If you're considering a move like this, you should learn more about the benefits.

Continue reading as we explore the benefits of assisted living for seniors.

Personalized Care and Support

Assisted living offers a combination of independent living and assistance. Seniors often choose assisted living to have access to the assistance they need.

Assisted living provides help with daily personal hygiene activities, including bathing and dressing. You can also ask for help with other daily activities, such as painting your nails, doing makeup, or shaving.

You can also feel safe there, knowing that help is only a call away. Assisted living communities have professionals on site at all times. You can call for help whenever you need it. You can also schedule assistance.

In addition, the community can provide medication management. Remembering to take medications can be challenging for people of all ages, yet taking them at the appropriate times is essential for your health.

At an assisted living community, they'll help you with this task, ensuring you take it every day when you need it. They can also help with wounds and other ongoing health concerns.

Social Engagement

Many researchers have studied the effects of social isolation on people, including older adults, and the results reveal some shocking answers. Social isolation is not good for a person's physical or mental health.

When people are isolated, they're at risk of becoming sad, depressed, and unhappy. They also have a higher risk of developing health issues and experiencing premature death.

Assisted living reduces these risks by providing opportunities for social events and interaction. While you have space to be alone, you also have activities to participate in when you feel like it.

There are people around, and you can make friends there. Many people say it feels like home because of the combination of social activities and privacy.

Independence and Privacy

Assisted living is not the same environment as a traditional nursing home. Nursing homes do not offer a lot of privacy and independence, but assisted living communities do.

When you live there, you receive a private living space or apartment. This area may have one or two bedrooms, a living room, and a private bathroom. This is your space; you get to have it all to yourself.

You can invite others in, and staff will come when you need help. You can also close the door to be alone whenever you like.

Having privacy makes it feel more comfortable and home-like, yet you also benefit by having staff to assist and other residents to be around.

You can also move from assisted living to the memory care unit if your health takes a downward turn. We offer several levels of senior living options and can help you choose the right level.

Safety and Security

Safety and security are important aspects of senior living, and assisted living offers both.

First, it provides a secure environment to ensure that criminals do not enter. You won't have to worry about criminal activity while you're there.

Secondly, the apartments and living spaces are designed for seniors. You'll have safety features in your space and in the common areas. The result is you'll have the freedom to move around without fear of getting hurt.

These features also provide peace of mind to families. When a family knows their parents or relatives are in a safe place, they have less to worry about.

Nutritious Meals

Eating is an essential part of life, but eating requires buying groceries, cooking, or ordering food. One of the best parts of assisted living is you receive complete meals.

They provide three meals a day and factor in your dietary needs. The meals are healthy, delicious, and filling, and you may also have snacks throughout the day.

This benefit means you'll receive the nutrition you need without having to plan and cook your meals.

Amenities and Services

Moving to assisted living also reduces the amount of housework you must do. These communities provide housekeeping and laundry services, and you'll never have to do yard work.

They also offer a long list of amenities you'll love and appreciate. This includes the ones listed here and more.

The community provides a monthly activity calendar showing all the activities. Some weeks they may have dinners out at restaurants, and other weeks, they might have game nights. There is always something to do.

Finally, they provide transportation services. These services help the residents get to appointments when they have them. They also bring them on day trips for outings with the other residents.

Cost Considerations

Medicare does not generally cover the costs of assisted living, but there are other ways to pay for it. Some people use Medicaid to pay their assisted living bills, while others use long-term care insurance.

You can also choose private pay if you can afford it. You can compare the costs of various healthcare facilities to determine the fees, and then you can choose the option that's right for your financial situation.

Schedule a Visit

There are many benefits of assisted living for seniors, including the ones highlighted here. Before deciding to move to an assisted living community, schedule a visit and compare your options.

Look no further if you're looking for a beautiful, wonderful, and safe community in Tipton, IA.

Prairie Hills Tipton offers multiple levels of senior care, including assisted living. We offer a safe and exceptional experience for our residents and would love to show you around.

Get in touch with us today to learn more or to schedule a tour of our senior living community.

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