As you begin to explore assisted living communities in your desired location, you may be initially shocked at the cost. However, most assisted living communities actually offer a less expensive way to live well in retirement.
Most assisted living communities charge a monthly rent that includes not only room and board, but also meals, most activities, housekeeping services, transportation, and utilities. Some even include WiFi access and cable in this monthly payment. If you take time to break down your loved one’s current bills, you will notice that the cost of assisted living is a bargain by comparison.
If your loved one requires advanced care, you may be charged an additional monthly fee. This cost is to ensure that your loved one has the staff available to her and that there are adequate supplies. However, beyond this additional fee for residents with extra care needs, the other ancillary costs are minimal and may include trip costs or optional purchases at the grocery store.
Who Would Benefit from Assisted Living?
How can you be sure that assisted living is the best level of care for your aging loved one? Many seniors can benefit from services provided in premier assisted living communities. Here are a few examples of seniors who may thrive in an assisted living apartment.
The lonely social butterfly
A senior who was once active in the community and had a bustling social calendar but now lives at home alone would love assisted living. With a calendar full of activities that are located just steps away from the apartment, this senior can meet new friends and keep up with their favorite hobbies (or learn a new one!). This senior would likely see a decrease in feelings of loneliness or depression and an increase in perceived feelings of connection.
The independent warrior
A senior who loves living at home because of the independence but who is not able to keep up with daily tasks would thrive in assisted living. Without needing to worry about chores like vacuuming or preparing meals three times per day, this senior would have ample time to pursue independent activities that they love. This senior is also likely to feel better, as extra chores and medical management can take extra energy.
The fall risk
A senior living at home who has a history of falling would benefit from care in assisted living. Most assisted living communities have emergency call systems, allowing the senior to get help immediately, and complex fall risk assessments to prevent a fall in the first place. Further, this senior could see an increase in balance and strength with additional mobility and group exercise programs available down the hall.
A senior who feels unsafe or anxious at home would blossom in their assisted living apartment. Knowing that there are caring staff available to provide assistance or a reassuring touch can do wonders for reducing anxiety. Seniors with family members who are worried about them living at home also succeed in assisted living. Communities communicate well with family members and keep loved ones in the loop about the health and life of the resident.
Assisted living communities are not just for single seniors. In fact, couples that share an apartment in assisted living communities are able to socialize with new neighbors and eliminate the stress involved with household tasks. Couples can also rest easy knowing there are places throughout the community that they can use to entertain family members, and most assisted living communities offer family events that encourage connection.
The persistently pained senior
A senior with chronic pain, or a chronic condition requiring medical management, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, would benefit from assisted living. Nursing staff experienced with senior issues drive care of residents and communicate heavily with doctors. This senior is able to receive up-to-the-minute medication changes and can have their vitals assessed at any time.