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Assisted living in Naperville FAQs

Older adults searching for a bit of extra assistance with daily tasks have multiple solutions to choose from. Here in Chicago’s western suburbs, seniors enjoy hundreds of options, ranging from in-home care to senior living. Though the extra options certainly empower older adults and their family members, the sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming as well.

Fortunately, you can find the answer to many of your questions about assisted living in Naperville right here. Our team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about assisted living — and their answers.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is one of the most popular senior living options thanks in no small part to the peace of mind it provides. Caregivers serve residents round the clock in assisted living communities, making it feel much safer than living at home alone.

Assisted living in Naperville looks a bit different from one community to the next, but all are licensed and regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This ensures that all caregivers are adequately background checked and trained as well as that each community meets specific safety standards.

How Is Assisted Living Different from Independent Living?

Assisted living varies from independent living because of the presence of trained caregivers and nursing staff. Residents who live in assisted living communities typically need a helping hand with at least one activity of daily living (ADL), and caregivers at the communities are happy to provide that assistance. Further, assisted living communities feature staff to help with medication management, which can be especially beneficial for seniors who live with chronic pain or a complex medical condition.

Can I Live in Assisted Living If I Use a Walker?

Assisted living communities are diverse, serving residents who have a variety of needs and challenges. It is common to see residents who walk with a walker or cane in assisted living, though some residents may walk independently, and others may use a wheelchair. Assisted living is for everyone, which means you can feel welcome no matter what type of mobility device you may use.

How’s the Food?

Most seniors want to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals daily, but many are skeptical when they first begin to explore assisted living. At Arbor Terrace, we love inviting seniors to enjoy a meal in our social dining room because we get to see the delight on their faces when they taste our chef-prepared meals! Our dining team works hard to bring residents multiple nutritious and delicious entree options three times per day. Even better, our award-winning Dining with Dignity® program ensures every resident has the best dining experience possible, regardless of any unique challenges.

Is It Easy to Make Friends?

Perhaps one of the main benefits of assisted living is socialization. Friendly neighbors are right down the hall or right across the dinner table and are always ready to get to know new residents. If you are feeling a bit shy, attend a group activity or event; it’s even easier to make new connections if you experience something together. At Arbor Terrace Naperville, our residents enjoy events like live music performances, art workshops, and even trips into Chicago.

Can I Afford Assisted Living?

It’s easy to think that assisted living is simply too extravagant or expensive for your budget. However, many assisted living communities are quite affordable, especially when you calculate your current monthly expenses. When you choose assisted living, you pay one monthly fee that includes more than just your apartment. Your fee also includes meals, events, and amenities like housekeeping visits.

How Do I Get Started?

Assisted living is an excellent option for any older adult who is feeling lonely at home, who would like some help with household chores, or who is looking for peace of mind. Learn more about assisted living and how to find a community that suits your situation by downloading our free resource, “Finding a Safe and Comfortable Senior Living Community.” Then, call us at Arbor Terrace Naperville at 630-219-367, we are always ready to welcome you for a meal, an activity, or a personalized tour.

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Chris Harper

About the Author: Chris Harper

As the vice president of communications for The Arbor Company, Chris is responsible for digital marketing, public relations, technology and design.

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