Making the decision to move into an assisted living facility is a big one for seniors and their families. Wondering what life will really be like when you join an assisted living community can be the toughest part. Will you feel lonely? Will you still get to do the things you love?
We understand that the unknown can make moving into assisted living a little scary. Fortunately, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at what life is really like in these facilities. Here is what you need to know about day-to-day life in an assisted living facility.
Different Levels of Care
The first thing to understand about assisted living facilities is that the care you receive will be individualized according to your needs, and that level of care will impact daily activities. Some people in assisted living just need to be in a place with other people, and don’t actually need any hands-on care. They simply receive cooked meals, help with chores, and the peace of mind of knowing someone is available should they need assistance.
Other people need help with personal care and get hands-on help with dressing, medication management, hygiene, and mobility. Still others need directed care, especially if they are dealing with dementia, stroke recovery, or another condition that impacts their abilities to care for themselves.
Shared mealtimes are an important part of assisted living for many residents. Three meals a day will be cooked in the onsite kitchen, and residents sit together at a family style meal and enjoy each other’s company while they eat.
These shared meals are a great time for enjoying conversation, building connections, and making plans for activities. The community that comes with living in an assisted living facility is one of the things that most residents like the most, and shared meals are the foundation of many new friendships.
You don’t have to worry about being bored at an assisted living facility, because there is always something going on! You can expect parties, game nights, guest performances, and much more, that are all tailored to the care needs and individual preferences of each resident.
You don’t have to give up your favorite hobbies when you enter an assisted living facility. At Arizona Homestead, we have raised gardening beds that you might choose to use, plenty of space for exploring the outdoors, pianos for music lovers, and of course, large screen televisions for when you just want to kick back. There are also plenty of spaces for private visits with family and friends. You pick your activities, so you can keep living the life you love.
At Arizona Homestead, we believe that no one knows better about what you need than you, which is why we offer highly individualized care services that can be tailored to suit your preferences. Our team of caregivers will work to ensure that you have access to the activities that mean the most to you, so every day is packed with quality living. If you and your family are considering assisted living, contact us to learn more about our welcoming communities.