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Posted in Senior Wellness | July 2016

Improve your quality of living

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Most people are adamant that they want to age at home for as long as possible, and that’s certainly understandable. Home is what we know; it’s where we’re comfortable and where so many of our memories were made. Aging in place is a wonderful option for many people, particularly those who are in good health and have a lot of family support.

But for others, assisted living is truly the way to go. So many things are taken care of for you and you’ll likely meet new people and engage in an active social life that you may not have enjoyed when you were living at home on your own.

Benefits of assisted living

  • Staying physically active. Many assisted living facilities have exercise programs and gym equipment – and sometimes even personal trainers and swimming pools. It will be simpler and safer for you to get the kind of exercise that’s tailored just for you. Since exercise is an important part of healthy aging, it’s wonderful to be able to take advantage of the resources an assisted living facility has to offer.
  • Staying socially connected. Living at home on your own can be lonely, and you have to make an effort to reach out to others and find activities that you’re interested in and able to do. At an assisted living facility they’ve already figured all that out for you! They have programs, activities, classes, and outings designed to keep residents happily engaged in the world around them. And even if you’re not a big joiner, you’ll still be able to see people and chat every single day in the common areas of the residence.
  • Staying safe. There are certainly ways to modify your home to make it safer for you as you age, like the suggestions we have for keeping your bathroom safe, but there is comfort in moving to a place that has already been designed with safety precautions and senior accessibility in mind. Not to mention the fact that assisted living facilities have experts on staff that can tend to any medical concerns. Knowing that you’re safe and sound also gives your loved ones peace of mind.
  • Staying well fed. Even though you can find recipes meant for just one person, preparing three meals a day can sometimes feel like a chore when you’re just cooking for yourself. That’s one of the reasons some seniors eventually become malnourished. At an assisted living facility you’ll get to enjoy healthy, chef-prepared meals every single day without lifting a finger! They will even customize meals based on your dietary restrictions.

In a sense, what you do at an assisted living facility is simply relax and live. Almost all of your needs are taken care of, which means you have more time to enjoy the things you’ve always loved to do, and to explore new hobbies and friendships if you so choose. Best of all, you’re enjoying it all in a safe, social, and welcoming community.

Knowing you’re safe and sound can also help your loved ones feel confident that  there will be a whole staff tending to your needs at all times. That way they can focus on just spending quality time with you.

When the time is right for you, moving to an assisted living facility can give you a renewed lease on life and open up a whole new, wonderful world.

For more tips and information on choosing an assisted facility for you or a loved one, check out our article.

 

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