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How Assisted Living Gives Seniors More Freedom
Elizabeth Bemis

By: Elizabeth Bemis on April 29th, 2013

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How Assisted Living Gives Seniors More Freedom

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How assisted living communities give seniors a sense of communityAssisted Living, Personal Care Homes or Board and Care Homes are different ways of saying: “don’t worry seniors, we’ll support your independence and offer assistance with your daily needs.” In an assisted living environment, routine activities that once took over an hour to accomplish, such as bathing, dressing or grooming, now take a fraction of the time because of the care and personalized attention residents receive. This means more time to pursue other interests like participating in a book club, becoming involved in community outreach, wellness and volunteer programs, just to name a few!

What Assisted Living is all about

In a nutshell, assisted living gives you the option to explore new and different aspects of your life and improve the quality of it while doing so.  These senior living facilities are designed with safety, convenience and comfort in mind so residents can continue living as independently while accessing assistance with the following:

  • Transportation
  • Meal preparation and assistance with eating if needed
  • Toileting and incontinence
  • Medication management
  • Bathing, dressing and personal grooming
  • Regular tooth and nail care
  • Housekeeping and laundry services

This senior care support system builds a higher quality of life and translates to more time and freedom for you!

What You can do in Your Free Time – General Amenities Offered

If you’re thinking “well, I really don’t need more free time” or “I don’t have a hobby” or even “I won’t be in the mood to socialize every day,” take a look at the amenities generally offered in these communities, then relate it to your concerns.

General Amenities:

  • Community living, suitable for those who sometimes feel lonely, isolated or bored, but with plenty of opportunities for privacy when desired
  • Choice of private or semi-private rooms
  • Plenty of opportunities to participate in planned social activities at the resident’s leisure
  • Calendar of activities may include: fitness and wellness programs, games night, lectures and workshops, art programs and cultural outings
  • Transportation to attend special events, medical appointments or to go shopping
  • Pet-friendly atmosphere (may vary according to policy)
  • Community amenities: fitness opportunities, barber and beauty shops, gardens, walking paths and convenience shops (in some communities)

Note: general services offered by assisted living communities vary according to licensing and state.

Key Takeaways:

  • In assisted living communities, residents gain time and independence when utilizing assistance with some activities of daily living.
  • With more freedom, seniors have extra time for book clubs, community outreach programs, wellness programs and other special areas of interests.
  • Assisted living communities, in a nutshell, provide options to explore aspects of your life you just couldn’t find the time to do so previously.
  • If you’re thinking “well, I really don’t need more time on my hands” you may soon realize that once you have peace of mind, you become inspired to participate in the many scheduled activities or pursue personal goals.

Learn More:

If you are interested in assisted living services for yourself or a loved one please visit our website www.umh.org or contact us to learn more! 

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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