7 Benefits of Assisted Living

From comfort to safety and socialization, assisted living has a lot to offer to improve seniors’ lives.7 Benefits of Assisted Living

Learn more about seven of the top benefits of assisted living:

1. Assisted living communities are safe.

As a senior, you face certain safety risks if you live alone, like falls or other health emergencies that may be compounded if no one is nearby to help. Fortunately, in an assisted living community, you’ll get that help right away. In addition to assisted living staff, these residences often have a nurse on staff as well, so you may be able to receive skilled nursing care the moment you need it.

2. Assisted living regularly schedules activities.

Assisted living communities provide an ongoing schedule of activities for their residents. From classes to movie nights and trips to local museums – these residences make it easy to keep busy and stay active. Some of the activities and classes offered may even help seniors develop a new hobby or interest in their time there, something that becomes more important and helps us avoid isolation as we age.

3. Assisted living communities create connections.

This is one of the most important benefits that some families might overlook at first. One big side effect of aging in place is loneliness, which has very real health consequences, like an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure. In assisted living communities, seniors have the opportunity to develop connections and make new friendships every day.

4. Assisted living provides the full-time care many seniors need.

Assisted living provides the care that seniors need when formerly simple tasks – like getting dressed in the morning and getting three healthy meals a day – become impossible to do on one’s own. It’s hard to understate how important this benefit is.

5. Chores, home maintenance and meals are done by someone else.

Keeping the house clean. Mowing the lawn. Making dinner. When you live in alone in a home, there’s always something more that needs to be done. When you move to assisted living, however, almost all of that work gets moved off of your plate and many day-to-day concerns become someone else’s job.

6. Seniors have many assisted living options.

As the assisted living industry grows, seniors have more options for senior care than ever before. In addition to traditional assisted living communities, there are now specialty assisted living options like assisted living that includes college classes, LGBTQ assisted living communities and green senior living residences. Today’s seniors have the ability to seek out communities that match their particular values.

7. Seniors in assisted living have privacy.

Many seniors worry about a loss of privacy in assisted living, but residents still have a room of their own. Yes, you share common areas with other residents, but when you want to retreat from the crowd, you can close your door behind you and have some time to yourself.

Senior Advisor makes it easy for you find assisted living communities in your area, see a snapshot of the amenities they offer and even see reviews of what other seniors have thought of them. Research your options and then visit the residences that look best to you.

Kristen Hicks is an Austin-based copywriter and lifelong student with an ongoing curiousity to learn and explore new things. She turns that interest to researching and exploring subjects helpful to seniors and their families for SeniorAdvisor.com.

13 Comments

  1. Olivia Pearson October 8, 2018 Reply

    I like how you said that assisted living services could provide regularly scheduled activities for residents, allowing seniors to stay busy and active, or even develop a new hobby or interest! I think it’s so important for seniors to maintain a busy, yet healthy lifestyle in a way that they will enjoy. My friend isn’t sure if her mother should consider assisted living services, because she thinks it will be restrictive to her mother. After reading this I’ll have to recommend that she look for a reliable assisted living service in her area that can provide her mother with the kinds of scheduled activities that will let her stay active and enjoy her life.

  2. Mark Murphy October 10, 2018 Reply

    I really appreciate how you brought up getting three healthy meals a day when you have someone helping you with assisted living. My wife is worried that her mother is going to have malnutrition every since her father died. I will be sure to tell her that we should look into getting her some help with assisted living!

  3. Dave Anderson November 29, 2018 Reply

    Something I worry about for my grandma is her safety from falls or other emergencies since she lives alone. She has started to lose her touch on life a little bit recently so I don’t think she would remember to call 911. Maybe we should hire some assisted elderly living services.

  4. Dave Anderson December 21, 2018 Reply

    That is really nice that assisted living has regularly scheduled activities like trips and movie nights. That sounds like something that my grandma would love to do. She has always loved movies and museums in her life. Maybe it would be good to put her in assisted living soon.

  5. Ellen December 31, 2018 Reply

    Assisted living is quite different from other levels of care as these facilities does not only offer care facilities for the elderly, but more importantly they offer a quality of life for the residents. Assisted living facilities offer services such as; spacious apartments, convenient any time meals,laundry services, satellite television, barber Shop, and movie theatre along with 24*7 care.

  6. Sariah Meagle January 14, 2019 Reply

    I love that my father can live in a safe community as you said if he lives in a place that accommodates assisted living. Since they regularly schedule activities as you pointed out, I’ll be able to help him build the routine he used to like to do daily. Helping him create connections as you mentioned would be really great for him since he needs new friends so I’ll be sure to try to help him settle in a community he’ll like.

  7. Sariah Meagle January 17, 2019 Reply

    Assisted living communities that are safe as you mentioned will surely take care of my senior father greatly both social-wise and health-wise. Since you said that they regularly schedule activities for the senior in the community, he’ll be able to move around and live a richer life than when he was alone in my house. I do agree that he can create connections there as you pointed out which I think would help him live a better life than when he was here waiting for me to come home all day so I’ll consider putting him in there just in case.

  8. Dave Anderson January 24, 2019 Reply

    That is really cool that assisted living regularly schedules activities. That is something I would want for my grandpa. That way he can still have some fun in the community.

  9. Sariah Meagle February 4, 2019 Reply

    Assisted living communities may be the senior service my father is looking for since you said that they are safe to live in and he needs that. Since they will schedule his activities, he might be able to live a richer life. If he lives with the right people, I agree that he can create connections with them so I’ll look for a community for him soon.

  10. Ethan March 29, 2019 Reply

    Assisted living facilities are a better option since they offer amenities that assisted living facilities offer them such as; transportation, laundry services, Emergency alert system, Movie theatre, and most importantly a chance to socialise with people their own age.

  11. Eli Richardson June 14, 2019 Reply

    How fascinating to know that assisted homes slate projects for the elders. This is something that could help my wife’s mother; she has always loved movies and museums in her life. It would be great for her to have options for activities.

  12. Oliver Ray June 25, 2019 Reply

    I like that you said living centers great engaging opportunities for the elderly. The elderly need a comfortable area where they can be safe. It is a comfort to me to see my grandma in a good care facility.

  13. Mia Stewart July 16, 2019 Reply

    I like how the article explains that assisted living facilities will do the chores and meals for the seniors. My grandma isn’t able to do much around her house anymore. Maybe moving her to an assisted living facility would allow her to not have to do chores anymore.

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