Like many adult children, you want your loved ones to live a healthy and happy life. When they need advanced care, you're left with a tough decision. The idea of moving to an assisted living community is still uncharted territory for many, crawling with misconceptions. A significant portion of what we think we know is influenced by media depictions. How many times did we see Dorothy from the Golden Girls threaten her mother, Sophia with going back to the dreaded Shady Pines retirement home? Too many!
Believe it or not, those who enter an assisted living community are not subject to cruel or unusual punishment. In fact, most seniors have the opposite experience. Assisted living can be the solution you and your loved one have been dreaming about. So, If you are just starting your research or just want to know more, here are three things you didn’t know about assisted living.
It’s Just Like Home
When considering assisted living for a loved one, it’s easy to picture a shared, sterile, hospital-like room. If that’s what comes to your mind, you probably think that’s no place to live a happy, fulfilling life. We agree! That would be a horrible place to live. Luckily, you don’t have to.
It might surprise you to know many assisted living communities encourage seniors to personalize their living arrangements to feel like home. Some even welcome furry friends. They can be similar to apartments regarding privacy, and often include amenities like a personal bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen area.
Vista Springs consists of 11 uniquely themed senior communities in Michigan and Ohio. Check out a few of our locations to get a feel for what you can expect.
Being a part of an assisted living community has the ability to give seniors a newfound sense of freedom and independence. When seniors have limited mobility, which frequently comes with age, there can be a decrease in their overall well-being. A few vital services assisted living communities provide is access to transportation, housekeeping and laundry services, and meal preparation. Service like these are essential for older adults with cognitive or physical impairments.
Different Levels of Care
Searching for an assisted living community can be overwhelming. With so many care options available how can you be sure you're making the right choice? It’s important to recognize not all senior communities provide the same level of care. It often depends on the community’s licensing. Many states have a tiered system of licensing whereby communities with a higher degree of licensing are able to provide more care. Being aware of what care options are offered can help you find the perfect place where your loved one can live life to the fullest without worrying about managing care. Compare some of our Vista Springs care services listed here.
A home is more than just the essential amenities. It's feeling a connection to one's community. Finding a good fit is important for solidifying that bond. The right assisted living community allows your loved ones to stay healthy while focusing on living their best life.