Moving to assisted living can feel intimidating, overwhelming, and just plain hard. It can mean going through decades of household items, saying goodbye to a family home, and the end of a chapter. It is also the beginning of an awesome new journey with new opportunities and new adventures waiting each day.
You owe it to yourself to take a closer look at assisted living when it’s time to make a move. You may find that assisted living is the best option to maintain or improve your health and overall happiness.
What is Assisted Living?
Today’s assisted living communities are constantly evolving to better serve an active generation of seniors. Many assisted living communities (including The Classic at Hillcrest Greens) offer a continuum of care with services ranging from independent living, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and memory care. This “age in place” concept allows residents to stay in a community, even if needs should change over time.
More than just senior living, today’s senior housing options offer a true community where seniors receive the care services that empower them to live independently and ultimately better than ever in retirement.
When is it Time for Assisted Living?
Americans are living and staying healthier longer than ever and many seniors want to live at their homes for as long as possible. However, there are certain signs that may indicate it’s time to move to assisted living.
1. Feelings of isolation or loneliness
More than just occasional loneliness, isolation and chronic loneliness can lead to severe health issues for many seniors. A lack of community can cause depression linked to chronic health issues such as dementia and heart disease. It can also lead to unhealthy behaviors like smoking or abusing prescription medication, and even an increased risk of mortality.
2. A decline in health and increase in frailty
According to AARP, more than 70 million Americans aged 50 and older have at least one chronic medical condition. With age, these chronic conditions require more care and the potential for a chronic health crisis only increases. It’s better for a senior to be in a care community prepared to prevent (and handle, if necessary) a crisis.
3. Financial mismanagement
Seniors often find they cannot keep up with bills, online payments, and other financial concerns. Noticing unpaid bills, an increase in notice from collection agencies, and a growing pile of debt may indicate it is time to make the move to assisted living. Seniors living on their own can also fall prey to financial scams that can put their retirement savings at risk.
Hoarding is more than just collecting a lifetime of memories. It’s dangerous, can increase the likelihood of falls and affects seniors between the ages of 55 and 95 three times more than adults between the ages of 34 and 44. Hoarding can block first responders in an emergency, create a fire hazard, and even cause disease from unsanitary living conditions.
5. Poor hygiene
Cleanliness is crucial to overall health and wellness. Aging can make some seniors afraid to bathe as nearly 80% of falls occur in the bathroom. Infrequent bathing and laundry, messy hair, dirty nails, and bad body odor all may indicate it’s time to seek out assisted living.
Why is moving to assisted living better for senior health?
The previously mentioned concerns are all telltale signs that it’s time to consider moving. However, you do not have to wait for these signs to make a move. Finding the right community is time-intensive and you need to be prepared to make the move when the time comes. The following eight benefits to assisted living can help you and your loved ones look forward to your next chapter.
1. Prevent social isolation
Seniors living alone are at a higher risk for social isolation and increased feelings of loneliness and depression. In an assisted living setting, seniors live in a community environment with friends and staff encouraging participation in social events. Almost all communities have dynamic and diverse activity calendars with the residents to take up new hobbies, join a new fitness class, or any other of a myriad of things to do.
2. Easy access to care
Residents in assisted living often need help with activities of daily living, which include dressing, bathing, hygiene, medication assistance, and more. At The Classic, residents have access to around-the-clock care to ensure needs are being met as they arise and each resident is receiving the attention they need and deserve. Every staff member is well-trained to provide the care residents need in a way that protects privacy and promotes dignity.
Care services can be provided a la carte so that each resident receives the care services that he or she needs, when needed. Care plans are regularly reviewed so that the appropriate level of care is being provided at each stage of aging. No matter if it’s managing a complex medication schedule, helping out with the laundry, or having an escort to the restaurant, help is available 24/7.
3. A focus on independence and fun
While these communities are a great place to receive customized care services, assistance is provided with an eye on independence and fun ensuring residents are doing what they can when they can. Having fun is an important component of aging well. Think of assisted living care like the background to your life. It enables you to live more carefree, more confidently, and with more fun!
4. More free time
It’s time to put aside the housework, yard work, and home maintenance. For many seniors, the burden of home ownership is possible it can just be time consuming, potentially risky, and at times, flat out annoying. Seniors have better things to do than shovel snow, mow the lawn, and clean their house. Assisted living communities are hassle-free. Residents don’t have to worry about the cleaning, cooking, or the shoveling.
5. Delicious meals
Healthy residents are happy residents and meals in an assisted living community like The Classic, are specifically created to benefit senior health. Cooking for yourself can grow challenging. With nutritious meals prepared by talented chefs, residents enjoy delicious meals that are not only good for one’s health, but taste good too. Also, elegant dining rooms encourage meal times with friends, making each dinner not just a meal, but a fun social event.
6. Readily available and safe transportation
When driving becomes unsafe, or car ownership becomes too much of a hassle, assisted living communities offer access to transportation for travel to shopping, dining, events, and doctor appointments. No more shoveling the car of snow, de-icing the windshield, or driving through heavy rains. Trusted transportation gets residents where they need to go and when they need to go.
7. An investment in the future
A move into assisted living is a move into a lifestyle that promotes healthy senior living and opens up a plethora of options for the future if needs should change over time. Each resident has an individualized, custom care plan that is regularly evaluated by a medical team, ensuring that any change in health is noticed as it happens, resulting in early diagnosis and, inevitably, better treatment options.
8. Peace of mind
All of these benefits work together to create the ultimate benefit peace of mind. Friends and family can rest easy, knowing their loved one is being well care for in a home-like environment where their needs are seen and attended to. Senior themselves rest easier too, with the knowledge that they have a family in their community who is there for them, cheering for them, and helping make the most of every day.