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By: Elizabeth Bemis on October 23rd, 2012

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The Benefits of Assisted Living Communities

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Assisted Living Communities

As an individual ages, it may become necessary to look into alternative living facilities. Assisted living communities are just one of the many options available. There are several benefits of living in an assisted living facility. 

Daily Living Help

Assisted living communities allow their residents to experience independent living while being provided with daily living help, such as housekeeping services, and assistance with things like showering and getting dressed. Many assisted living facilities also offer their residents one or more meals per day. This little bit of assistance can allow seniors to maintain the ability to live on their own while getting the help they need to do so.

Medical Care 

Assisted living communities have certified nursing assistants around the clock to assist residents with going to and from meals and activities, help with personal hygeine and dressing and other health care needs. They can make sure that each resident takes their medications and can help them with minor ailments, such as colds. Medical care is crucial because even though some residents are able to be independent, they may simply forget to take their medication or require looking after because of minor illnesses that they can suffer from.

Recreational Activities

Just because someone ages, it doesn't mean that they want to stop enjoying life. In fact, socialization and meaningful involvement are so important to well-being as we age!  An assisted living facility will help its residents with this. They offer recreational activities such as dances and socials, and some even offer trips to restaurants and other local establishments. Around holidays, assisted living communities may even provide their residents opportunities to go on shopping trips so that they can purchase gifts for loved ones. These activities help the residents socialize with one another and maintain relationships.

Key Takeaways:

When trying to decide if an assisted living facility is the right option for you or your loved one, remember that:

  • An assisted living community provides daily living help through housekeeping and meals.
  • The facility can provide medical care and has nurses on staff to provide assistance.
  • Residents are provided with recreational activities such as outings and social events.

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If you're interested in learning more about assisted living communities, contact us today.

 

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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