Are your parents’ days and nights becoming more difficult? Could they use a little help – whether it’s with preparing healthy meals, bathing safely or keeping up with the maintenance of their house?
If so, you might be considering if an assisted living community could be a good option to lend a hand and help them thrive.
But you may also be wondering who assisted living is best suited for and whether it would be a good fit for your parents.
You may be surprised to discover everything community life has to offer and who the typical assisted living resident may be.
There’s no one-size-fits-all resident but the following is an outline of those who enjoy living where their best life is supported:
Older adults who choose an assisted living community as their new home want to continue living in their own private residence. The advantages also include a home that’s designed to be age-friendly and can be personalized to make it their own.
Assisted living residents don’t relinquish their independence as they enjoy community life. They continue making their own decisions, including when they want to go to bed, wake up, when and what to eat, as well as what programs to participate in.
As we grow older, it’s common to need a little help with bathing safely, dressing, managing medications or preparing healthy meals. Residents in assisted living can rely on a caring staff to support them, allowing more time with family and friends since they won’t need to be caregivers.
Older adults have worked hard and deserve a more convenient and easier way of life. Those who choose assisted living appreciate that everything they need – help, amenities, activities and friends to share experiences with – are all located on-site and only steps from their door.
Eating a healthy diet is essential to maintaining our physical and emotional health but it can become more of a challenge as we grow older. Imagine no longer having to plan, shop for or prepare meals. Communities prepare delicious and nutritious food and all the residents need to do is choose from the menu and enjoy.
Remaining active and socially connected is key to aging and living well. But it can also become more of a challenge to schedule and coordinate, making it easier to remain at home and possibly leading to isolation. Assisted living residents, however, enjoy staying active, being around others and having a wide variety of options to choose from.
Exercising regularly and participating in brain-stimulating activities are good for both our bodies and our brains. Those who choose an assisted living community as their home appreciate the fitness centers or classes that are provided and the convenience of having them located in the community.
A top reason many choose to make an assisted living community their home is that they want to make new friends. As we grow older, we may lose important people in our life, others may move away or it becomes more difficult to see each other. Being surrounded by those who share your life experiences is a great advantage of community life.
Older adults who no longer drive or are driving less are often concerned they won’t be able to participate in the activities they enjoy or attend social events. An assisted living community takes care of that by offering transportation to medical appointments, shopping or entertainment outings.
It’s also not uncommon for older adults to begin feeling a little less safe or secure if they’re living at home alone. Houses are often not built to be age-friendly and they may also worry about what would happen if they became ill or injured and were alone. An assisted living resident not only lives in a secure community but knows there is always someone there if help is ever needed.
If your family is considering whether assisted living might be the best solution for your parents, we hope you will visit one of our Ingleside communities. We believe you’ll find we support our residents to live their best lives and encourage them to take advantage of all the benefits we offer, including:
For information on Ingleside at Rock Creek senior living community located in Washington, DC, please call (202) 846-2651with questions or to schedule a personalized tour today.
For information on Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge senior living community located in Lake Ridge, Virginia, please call (703) 420-7105 with questions or to schedule a personalized tour today.
For information on Ingleside at King Farm senior living community located in Rockville, Maryland, please call (240) 414-8557 with questions or to schedule a personalized tour today.