According to a Consumer Affairs report, 7 out of 10 people will require assisted living care in their lifetime.
Maybe you have friends or family members living in assisted living communities, but you’re not quite sure if the senior living lifestyle is right for you. You love your home, have a family to help you with everyday responsibilities, and value your independence. You like your life, but you’re curious about what life is like in an assisted living community.
To help you decide if assisted living is right for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself?
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is long-term housing for older adults who need help with personal care. Assisted living communities are designed to give residents a home-like feel with beautiful and spacious living options, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Seniors in assisted living communities don’t have serious health issues but need help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming, and housekeeping.
Do You Feel Lonely and isolated?
As we age, it can become difficult for older adults to remain social. Difficulty driving and mobility issues can make it hard to attend social events or meet up with friends.
If you’re feeling lonely and isolated from friends and family, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that assisted living communities provide residents with a robust and social lifestyle.
Residents in assisted living communities enjoy the following:
- Cultural events
- Offsite shopping trips
- Art classes
- Bridge, scrabble, and card groups
- Volunteer opportunities
- Outings to local attractions
- Computer assistance
Do You Struggle With Personal Care?
If you’re having difficulty with personal care, assisted living communities have professional and competent staff who will help you with the following:
- Hair styling and cutting with onsite beauty and barber salons
Are You Having a Hard Time Completing Daily Tasks?
Is it increasingly difficult for you to complete laundry, housekeeping, and home repairs? Are you overwhelmed with organizing and paying bills, managing medication, appointments, doctor visits, and meal planning? Assisted living communities are there to simplify your life with a maintenance-free lifestyle, allowing you to enjoy life without the worries of housework.
The following services are customary in assisted living communities:
- Weekly housekeeping and linen services
- Laundry services
- Three scheduled meals and snacks per day
- Medication management and reminders
Is Your Health Deteriorating?
If you have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease that were once well-managed and are progressing, an assisted living community can help. Assisted living communities have teams of experienced and well-qualified healthcare experts to ensure residents remain healthy.
Look at the healthcare services offered by Notre Dame Health Care:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Skilled nursing for long-term care
- Skilled nursing for rehabilitation
You’ll also have access to fitness classes, healthcare clinics, nutritious meals, blood pressure checks, 24-hour medical staff, and fitness centers to help you maintain your health.
For additional information or help determining if assisted living is right for you, contact a friendly advisor at Notre Dame Health Care.
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