There are many misconceptions about assisted living—perhaps unsurprisingly, since it’s only been around for about 25 years. Assisted living is often associated with outdated terms like “nursing home” or “retirement home.” However, today’s assisted living facilities differ significantly from the nursing homes of previous generations. They’re designed to provide a high quality of life for older adults who still are still largely independent but require some extra support.
Assisted living today offers more options than ever before. If you’re looking into assisted living options for your loved one, read on to learn the five things you may not know about assisted living.
1. Assisted living offers many levels of care.
Assisted living is an umbrella term that includes many levels of care. For those who are mostly able to care for themselves, independent living provides some support for certain activities of daily living (laundry, meals, housekeeping) but allows seniors to maintain an independent lifestyle. True assisted living is a good option for those who require more support with daily personal care tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing, but do not need 24/7 nursing care.
The level of care provided in assisted living will be customized to the individual. Many assisted living communities offer multiple care options under one roof, from independent living to memory care.
2. Resident homes are just like apartments.
Many people picture a single room furnished with little more than a bed and a chair when they picture assisted living. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Assisted living is more similar to an apartment building for seniors that just happens to provide support services.
Many assisted living communities offer multiple floor plan options for their assisted living apartments: studio, one bedroom, and even two-bedroom units. Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture and décor to make their apartment feel like home.
3. It costs less than you think.
Assisted living is often perceived as a costly housing option. In reality, costs associated with assisted living are often lower than the cost of paying for in-home care or home health care. Many communities (including Vista Prairie!) also partner with long-term care insurance and VA benefits to help seniors cover the cost of assisted living.
4. Assisted living is social and active.
Many older adults living independently suffer feelings of loneliness and isolation, as it becomes more difficult to get around and visit friends. Living in an assisted living community provides a built-in network for meeting new people and making friends. Keeping up an active social life is much easier when making plans with a friend is as simple as walking down the hallway!
Assisted living communities also offer various social events, activities, and physical exercise classes to keep seniors active and engaged. Vista Prairie residents are kept busy with a full schedule of daily activities like outings, barbecues, crafting, performances, yoga, and more.
5. Assisted living communities are not all the same.
Assisted living communities all have unique personalities and characters. Some are highly modern, some more classic, and some have a homey ambiance. Some are located in urban centers, some tucked away in quiet suburbs. Some are large communities with hundreds of apartments, while others are more intimate, with around twenty apartments.
The point is, there’s a wide variety of options out there. Whatever environment suits your loved one best, you’ll be able to find an assisted living community that caters to their individual preferences and needs. Just because you visit one community that isn’t the right fit doesn’t mean that assisted living isn’t for them. Keep looking until you find one that feels like home.
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