Improved Nutrition, socialization, and a renewed sense of self boost resident experience.
The need for assisted living or memory care is never a planned life event. In fact, just 37% of Mainers think they will ever need long-term care, but 69% actually will.*
When loved ones can no longer live safely alone, or when it becomes overwhelming for family members to provide effective care at home—it may be time to look into senior care options such as private assisted living apartments, traditional assisted living, or memory care communities specially designed for individuals effected by Alzheimer’s or other memory impairments.
Navigating the options when it comes to senior care can be stressful for many families, and the transition into a senior living community can be a highly emotional time for all involved. It’s not uncommon for caregivers and loved ones to experience feelings of inadequacy or guilt. Thankfully, after a resident is settled, many benefits—beyond safety and proper physical care—of living at a senior living community become apparent.
Here are a few of the most commonly discovered benefits:
- No more home maintenance – Mowing the lawn, washing the floor, laundry, snow removal—these become increasingly harder the older one gets, especially if hampered by physical ailments; senior living communities remove the burden of housekeeping.
- Improved health & nutrition – Oftentimes seniors who join a senior living community come from situations where they were living alone and may not have had the best eating habits. Regularly scheduled meals and between-meal snacks available to all residents that are assuredly well-rounded and nutritious make eating right an easy task.
- Increased socialization – Many seniors living alone can become isolated, especially if they are homebound. At a senior living community, residents share in regularly scheduled activities and programs, meals served in common dining areas, and have the occasion to connect with others who have similar interests. These opportunities aid in banishing boredom and loneliness, improving overall mood and quality of life.
- No More Feelings of Unease or Insecurity – Unfortunately, many elderly fall prey to scams or fear break-ins. Licensed senior living communities are required to have strict emergency protocols and security systems in place for resident safety. Residents are also regularly checked in on from staff who are onsite 24/7, as well as their fellow residents.
Living on one’s own as a senior has many challenges, as does caring for an elderly loved one. At senior living communities, much more than personal care and safety can be found—a meaningful difference in someone’s life is made, every day.
CEO Woodlands Senior Living