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Can assisted living facilities improve quality of life for seniors?

As our aging population begins to enter retirement in record numbers, more and more seniors will face the question of how to handle their changing health needs. One decision that will need to be made is whether to reside in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

For some seniors, financial and health constraints do not allow for this type of choice. However, for those that are able to reside in an assisted living facility, there are some compelling benefits to this choice.

Here are 8 ways in which an assisted living facility may improve a senior’s quality of life:playing cards

  1. Independence – Assisted living facilities help seniors care for themselves while also offering access to an active lifestyle. This sense of independence can make all the difference in the quality of life for a senior.
  2. Activities of Daily Living – Activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and eating can be a challenge to some seniors. An assisted living facility can offer help to older adults with these ADLs so that they can continue to function as independently as possible.
  3. Safe Environment – Most assisted living facilities are designed for mobility and accessibility, helping seniors avoid falls and accidents and providing rapid access to assistance.
  4. Intellectual Stimulation – Maintaining intellectual stimulation can often make all the difference in the health and well-being of a senior citizen. Many assisted living facilities offer various types of classes, guest lectures educational courses, and cultural events.
  5. Nutrition – In assisted living facilities, residents are served three meals a day that are designed to meet the health needs of older adults.
  6. Physical Activity and Fitness – Many assisted living facilities offer opportunities for physical fitness that go beyond what family caregivers can easily provide at home.
  7. Social Activity –In assisted living, residents can socialize with peers in common areas and through planned activities.
  8. Housekeeping and Transportation – Many assisted living facilities generally include upkeep and housekeeping in the monthly rent cost, and many facilities also offer transportation services or access to various transportation services.

By Eric J. Einhart – Guest Blogger

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. My grandparents are getting to the age where the think that they may want to go into assisted living facilities. I think they would probably fall more under those who only need a little assistance, but can still live relatively independent. I think most of all they would like the community that usually thrives in these kinds of places. Thanks for the post.

  2. I am looking into assisted living facilities for my mom. I like how you mention how it can improve their quality of life by giving them their independence back by offering them access to an active lifestyle. I think my mom would thrive in getting more of her independence back. I will definitely look more into assisted living. Thanks for the information!

  3. I really like what was said about how assisted living facilities provide safe environments for senior. When it comes to seniors, I always worry about them falling or other injuries like it. I also really like what was said about social activities because I can see how that would be important.

  4. I’m glad that you mention how most assisted living facilities are designed to be easily accessed and used by seniors to help them avoid falls and accidents. When choosing one, it would probably be a good idea to research the different options and find one that is safe. Once you’ve found one that seems like a good choice, you’d probably want to visit the facility in person so that you can make sure it’s accessible and safe while also having the opportunity to talk to the staff to make sure they’ll be able to provide any assistance your loved one needs.

  5. It’s great that this article talks about how an assisted living facilities are made for mobility and accessibility, which prevents seniors from falling and other accidents. When choosing one for you or a loved one, you’d probably want to talk to friends and family in order to get their recommendations. Once you’ve researched the options and figured out which ones have the services you want, such as a safe environment, you’d probably want to visit the center in order to meet the staff and see what they have to offer in order to determine whether it’s what you’re looking for.

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