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By: Marissa Salvesen on October 2nd, 2013

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7 Reasons to Consider Assisted Living

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There are many valid reasons to consider assisted living, with each holding a different value depending on your personal journey. Assisted living communities provide a broad range of services and your decision to consider making a move will depend on both your present and future needs and the timeline in which those needs must be met.

7 Reasons to Consider Assisted Living:

7 reasons to consider senior living

  1. You live alone and need someone to assist you with everyday activities, like showering, getting dressed, personal care, and housekeeping. Assistance with personal care needs and general household care are the top reasons seniors consider assisted living.

  1. Meal preparation is becoming more difficult, and you’re not getting proper nutrition. If going to the grocery store and preparing your own meals have become too much of a burden and having a daily caregiver in the home is not feasible, consider a senior care facility.

  1. At times you forget to take your medication or take more pills than you should. Seniors who are diabetic and or hypertensive can have serious health complications from the mismanagement of medication. If daily monitoring is not possible from home, consider the senior health services of assisted living.

  1. Without a spouse, you feel lonely, depressed and in need of companionship. Living alone and losing some of your independence can cause depression and isolation. Having the opportunity to socialize with others and participate in a variety of activities that interest you are some of the invaluable benefits of living in assisted living communities.

  1. You have a health related issue that requires supervision such as arthritis, failing eyesight or a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Regular assistance with your healthcare needs, including specialized Alzheimer’s care services are offered in assisted living facilities.

  1. Your safety and wellbeing are at risk. If you are prone to falls, can no longer climb the stairs, or have been leaving hazardous appliances on, these are safety issues that often require formal interventions.

  1. Managing the responsibilities of your home and driving to appointments are becoming overwhelming.  Instead of having to hire someone or rely on family members to find the time, an assisted living community will lessen your anxieties and afford you more time to do other things you enjoy.

If one or more of these reasons apply to you, you could be living a happier life with a higher quality of living in an assisted living community.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are at least seven valid reasons to start considering assisted living, each holding a different value depending on your personal journey.

  • A common reason to consider assisted living is simply living alone, feeling lonely or depressed, and needing assistance with everyday activities.

  • Consider assisted living if personal care, medication management, meal preparation, housekeeping or coordinating transportation is becoming difficult to do.

  • Assisted living is also worth considering if you have health related issues that require supervision such as arthritis, failing eyesight or a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

  • Assisted living may be the best option for you, especially if your safety and wellbeing are at risk.

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About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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