You may be wondering if a loved one would be better off in an assisted living community where they could get the help they need. After all, you could hire a caregiver to provide assistance in your loved one’s home. But would help be available 24/7? And do you really want to manage the caregiving schedule and have to scramble when plans go awry?
As you’ll discover, assisted living communities offer much more than personal care. From social opportunities and transportation services to nutritious meals and wellness programs, assisted living offers older adults an active, enriching lifestyle, as well as help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and mobility.
To learn how assisted living can improve quality of life for your loved one — and for you if you’re struggling with caregiving or just worried about your loved one — consider the following benefits.
The benefits of assisted living
If a parent or loved one isn’t able to live safely on their own or needs more care than you can provide, assisted living can give you peace of mind and give your loved one a new lease on life. Here are some of the benefits you can look forward to.
- Personal care. Assisted living communities provide a range of personal care services, including help with bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, eating, and medication management. These are known as activities of daily living (ADLs). Help is tailored to individual needs and provided by dedicated caregivers who typically receive training in helping seniors with ADLs to reduce the risk of falling and injuries.
- Safety and security. Assisted living communities are designed to make life easier and safer for residents. Physical safety features typically include hallway handrails, low- or no-entry walk-in showers, grab bars in bathrooms, and good lighting. Many communities offer 24/7 security and some, including Holly Hall, are gated. Residences are also equipped with emergency call systems, and some communities offer personal emergency call devices so residents can get help no matter where they are.
- Nutritious meals. Grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking can become a challenge for loved ones as they age or lack motivation to cook for themselves. This can negatively affect their health. Meal programs at assisted living communities give seniors access to healthy, nutritious meals three times a day. In addition to good food, residents can enjoy good conversation with friends and neighbors in the communal dining room.
- Socialization. Living alone, especially if you can no longer drive, is a recipe for isolation — a situation that can lead to depression and other health problems like cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. In assisted living, residents become part of a supportive community designed to foster social connection. There are common areas where residents can gather, as well as group classes and activities, including bridge and board games, art and music classes, book clubs, guest lectures and performances, movie showings, worship services, and field trips.
- Fitness classes. Assisted living is designed to support residents’ independence. Fitness classes help residents maintain their independence and autonomy. At Holly Hall, assisted living residents can participate in group fitness classes to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Certified instructors and fellow class members help make fitness fun and keep everyone motivated. And if you just want to go for a walk, our 20-acre campus offers walking trails and greenspace to enjoy the great outdoors.
- Transportation. Most assisted living communities offer transportation for shopping and outings. Even though residents may still drive their own cars, many prefer to go with a group to make trips more social and not have to worry about careless drivers or finding a place to park. Transportation can also be arranged for doctor appointments.
- Less work and worry. Aging in place at home gets harder as you get older. There are chores to do, bills to pay, repairs to manage, and stairs to climb. At an assisted living community, residents don’t have to deal with homeownership hassles. To make life easier, housekeeping, laundry and linen services are provided, along with all maintenance in your assisted living apartment. Residents are free to do what they want.
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If a parent or loved one can no longer live independently at home, an assisted living community like Holly Hall could provide the support they need to stay healthy and safe. To learn if Holly Hall is right for you, contact us. We’re always happy to answer your questions or schedule a tour so you can see for yourself what makes Holly Hall the first choice for Houstonians for over 70 years.