While many aging parents are wary of leaving their family home to move into assisted living, the truth is that a senior living community could be better than living at home when it comes to quality of life, social life, and overall wellness.
Adult children who notice that mom and dad are needing more care may question how to handle their parents’ changing health needs. Inevitably, the day comes to assess whether our parents need more than they have in their family home environment.
Benefits of Senior Living
Many seniors are resistant to assisted living, often stating that they don’t want to be put in a “home!” However, a little education about the wonderful senior living communities and options available today, in addition to touring communities like The Classic, can help families and their senior loved ones choose the best option for their unique situations.
In fact, research shows that aging parents and seniors prefer assisted living over other types of care, as these communities have expanded their market by providing fun convenience, retirement, and socialization services.
Better Health & Happiness Are a Way of Life in Assisted Living
Senior living is a great step for seniors who need more socialization and help with daily needs than the family can provide at home.
There are many types of senior living care. As an example, The Classic offers assisted living and independent living as well as memory care — all on one campus. Each of these options can offer entertainment, fitness, and living arrangements for the stage parents may need.
Listed below are a few compelling reasons why Assisted Living at The Classic can contribute to better health and quality of life for a senior loved one.
- Chef-Prepared, Nutritious Meals
Assisted Living offers nutritious, chef-prepared cuisine that can be catered for specific medical conditions and needs. Residents are served three meals a day and can be tailored to their changing health needs.
- Help With Daily Living
When a senior loved one lives at home, family caregivers are also generally responsible for helping with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and eating. In other cases, the family or the senior themselves must bear the cost of a home care aide. Both of these options can cause strain on the family. In contrast, one of the most basic benefits of assisted living is helping older adults with these ADLs so that they can continue to function as independently as possible.
- Intellectual Stimulation
Offered at The Classic are many opportunities for learning, such as book clubs, cooking presentations, gardening, and more.
- No Stress of Housekeeping and Transportation
Keeping up with appointments, daily chores, and housekeeping are often stressful for not only seniors, but also family members. The vast majority of these burdens are relieved for Assisted Living residents at The Classic as weekly housekeeping and transportation services through Abby Vans is offered.
- Physical Activity and Fitness
The Classic offers regularly scheduled exercise sessions led by trained instructors as well as access to gym equipment in the Fitness Studio.
- Safe Living Environment
Often, home modifications and in-home care are required for a safe living environment in the family home, which can be very costly. Assisted living is designed for accessibility and mobility, while offering expert care and medical attention if needed.
- Social Activity
Living at home can be isolating. Seniors often find it difficult to maintain their social relationships when they are retired. Assisted living offers socialization through planned activities and outings, such as cultural events and field trips. Daily living in the common areas also offers fun and socialization for seniors.
Transitioning to Assisted Living
Don’t all the emotional and logistical challenges of finding senior living overwhelm you. Making the decision to move to an Assisted Living community is becoming much easier as families are increasingly learning more about the benefits and services offered at communities like The Classic.