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Top 5 Reasons to Move to Assisted Living

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenMay 11, 2016

Last Updated: April 19, 2019

Despite what many people may think, assisted living communities today are not like residences of the past. Today there is a myriad of amenities, dining options and social activities for senior loved ones. Through these services, many seniors are finding that today’s assisted living communities provide convenience, happiness and improved quality of life.

Learn more about how making the move to assisted living could be better than living at home when it comes to a social life and quality of life for seniors.

Top Reasons to Move to Assisted Living

Assisted living communities are a great intermediate step for seniors who need more help than the family can provide at home, but who don’t need the round-the-clock medical care of a nursing home.

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Here are a few reasons why assisted living offers better happiness and health for seniors:

1. A safer living environment.

Families often have to make home modifications and hire in-home care to make the home safe for seniors. From medical alert systems to shower grab-bars, wheelchair-accessible ramps and more — these expenses can add up. Assisted living communities, however, are designed for accessibility and increased senior mobility, helping seniors avoid falls and accidents and providing access to medical assistance, whether it’s medical staff within the community or accessibility to a nearby hospital.

2. Daily fitness and physical therapy.

Assisted living communities offer many fitness and physical therapy programs to keep seniors active, from endurance and strength-building workouts to Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba classes. Fitness programs are also catered to seniors and specific medical conditions. Staying active in organized group settings can also help seniors keep their bodies engaged in healthy ways. Opportunities for physical fitness in assisted living go far beyond what family caregivers can easily provide at home.

3. Healthy dining.

It can be very difficult to supervise senior nutrition at home. Seniors living alone may find it unappealing to cook for one and it’s challenging for family caregivers to monitor whether their loved ones are receiving the necessary nutrients. In fact, many seniors suffer from malnutrition, which makes their health and well-being decline — despite the family’s attempts to keep them healthy. In assisted living, residents are served three meals a day tailored to their specific medical conditions, such as difficulty swallowing or diabetes, and some luxury communities even offer gourmet dining.

4. Help with activities of daily living (ADLs).

Activities of daily living (ADLs), housekeeping and yard work can often be a burden to seniors. Having the details of living taken care of in an assisted living community allows seniors the freedom to enjoy aging while taking advantage of assisted living activities and amenities. Assisted living provides expert help with ADLs to allow seniors more independence for the activities that make them happy, which in turn offers a better quality of life.

5. More opportunities for socialization.

Loneliness and social isolation have been linked to poor health outcomes and many seniors suffer from isolation for the following reasons:

  • They are retired and no longer have socialization in the work environment
  • They can no longer easily attend social events because of physical ailments or transportation issues
  • Their friends and spouse may have passed away

In assisted living, seniors can easily socialize with peers, not only in common areas but also through planned, structured activities like cultural events and field trips.

Assisted living actually inspires seniors to get involved, which leads to greater happiness and quality of life.

Have you, a parent or senior loved one already made the move to assisted living? What other benefits have you experienced? We’d like to hear your stories in the comments below.

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