According to Consumer Affairs, more than 810,000 people reside in assisted living communities, and 7 out of 10 people require assisted living care in their lifetime.
Older adults who live alone, especially those with uncontrolled health conditions or mobility issues, may struggle with everyday tasks. Even though families initially consider assisted living because an older loved one struggles with personal care, many older adults are hesitant to move into an assisted living community for fear of losing independence, boredom, or not receiving adequate care.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Assisted living communities are designed to simplify and enhance life for older adults. Let’s look at how assisted living improves quality of life for older adults.
Promotes a Carefree Lifestyle
Maintaining a home takes a lot of time and energy. In addition, the responsibilities of shopping for groceries and preparing meals can be overwhelming. For older adults, these everyday tasks can take a lot of time and energy they don’t have. Having an opportunity to sell a house with unneeded space can free up money, time, and energy.
Assisted living communities simplify life, allowing seniors to enjoy a carefree lifestyle. They ensure residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle with the following services:
- Three delicious meals prepared daily by an in-house chef
- Beverages and snacks
- Weekly housekeeping services
- Weekly laundry services
- Apartment maintenance
Additional Opportunities for Social Engagement
If you’re picturing seniors just sitting around in an assisted living community, think again! Assisted living communities make sure residents stay busy and active. These communities create abundant social opportunities to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit.
Visit an assisted living community and you’ll find residents enjoying various activities, including:
- Outings to local attractions
- Art classes
- Volunteer opportunities
- Diverse educational programs
- Cocktail hours
- Planned events
- Cultural trips
Check out Dame Health Care’s activity calendar to get an idea of their scheduled events.
Improves Health and Wellness
A healthy lifestyle is critical to living a long, healthy, and active life, especially for seniors. However, maintaining your health can be difficult, especially for people with mobility or transportation challenges.
Imagine having everything needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle all in one place. Today’s assisted living communities embrace a lifestyle of healthy living by offering the following services:
- Nutritious meal options
- Group exercise and fitness classes
- Daily assistance with personal care and grooming
- Weekly yoga classes
- Weekly blood pressure clinics
- Health talks
- Evening prayer
Wrap-up and Next Steps
Assisted living communities are meant to give seniors the help they need while helping them maintain their independence. Not having to rely on family and friends can give seniors an overall boost in confidence and well-being. For more information on how assisted living improves seniors’ quality of life, contact the friendly staff at Notre Dame Healthcare.
About Notre Dame Health Care
Notre Dame Health Care (NDHC) offers a range of post-acute programs and services to the community, including an Assisted Living Residence; Adult & Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care; Post-Acute Recuperation; Short-Term Rehabilitation; Skilled Nursing and traditional Long Term Care; Specialized Memory Care; and an educational resource center which serves our employees and community. We embrace the individuality, spirituality, and wholeness of each member of our community, including our residents, patients, families, volunteers, and staff.
Notre Dame Health Care is proudly non-profit and honored to carry on the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to care for the sick and vulnerable and to educate for life through our NDHC Educational Bridge Center.
Notre Dame Health Care,
555-559 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605