Why Assisted Living

As we grow into our golden years, decisions do not become any easier.   One of the most difficult decisions is moving from the familiarity and routines of one’s lifelong home.

 

Our bodies and energy levels, however, often make this difficult decision for us, or at least lead us toward the right direction.  One such destination our logic may take us is to take up residency in an assisted living community.

Why reside in assisted living?  Isn’t that surrendering one’s independence?

 

Quite the contrary, residing in an assisted living community gives an aging individual more independence in addition to many, many benefits.  Senior housing caters to each individual’s needs while residents are free to maintain their lifestyles.  They may need help, for instance, in regulating medicine or bathing, services nurses and aides readily provide.

 

Problems with gait and balance are improved with the availibity of wheelchairs, walkers and hallways with rails for seniors to navigate safely to and from meals, social activities, therapy or just visiting other residents with whom the new resident has quickly made friends.

 

Families and friends of elders residing in senior communities need not worry about transporting their loved ones residing in a senior community due to inclement weather to and from doctors, hair appointments and other places because many services are provided in house.  The modern facility offers handicapped accessible buses and vans to transport residents on field trips, concerts and other ventures by which motor transportation is needed.

 

Another factor to consider when making the decision to move from one’s home is repairs and the regulation of utilities such as electric, water and gas as all are taken care of by the maintenance department.  Plumbing leaks and facility and room repairs happen occasionally and everywhere, but the difference is that the maintenance department of the assisted living home takes care of these problems with no additional cost or worries to the senior resident.

 

Of course, many other factors can be weighed in deciding to take the step to moving on to assisted living, but freeing up more time for one’s golden years may be the most important factor in securing one’s independence.

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