3 Ways Quality of Life Is Better at an Assisted Living Community
When an older adult moves to an assisted living community, resources and care that would’ve been difficult to reach while living independently are suddenly within reach. In the right community – and with the right level of care for their needs – assisted living can make an immediate positive impact on their quality of life.
Assisted living strives to balance independence with dedicated support, allowing seniors to enjoy their lives without concern about daily needs. The word “community” is also a vital part of assisted living, helping residents maintain social lives, rich lifestyles, and fulfilling connections.
Quality of Life at Assisted Living
Here are just a few of the ways we’ve seen and heard from our residents that life at our assisted living communities boosts overall quality of life.
1. Activity and engagement
Assisted living communities often coordinate an entire calendar of events for their residents — take a peek at one of our calendars here! Activities can include concerts, parties, holiday events, outings, socials, educational sessions, and much more. Classes and workshops help people pursue hobbies and learn rewarding new skills, or practice wellness exercises to stay healthy. Guest speakers and other visitors might also be on the calendar.
The best part is, scheduled events are just one component of staying active in senior living. It’s important to have as much independence as possible while still accounting for well-being and medical needs.
With the time saved in not tending to all daily needs themselves, residents at assisted living are free to explore whatever interests their hearts desire. This means more time for things that both directly and indirectly contribute to a person’s well-being. More time for exercise and physical activity can have a dramatic impact on overall health. So, too, can hobbies, creative pursuits, and other interests that keep the mind engaged. All these interactions, both planned and unplanned, lead to new discoveries and meaningful peer relationships.
This is all beneficial to residents of all ages and ability levels, and the assisted living environment creates new opportunities for residents to enjoy them.
2. Connections to community
The activities mentioned above are even better when shared with others. Given the immense impact that social connections have on overall wellness, building a sense of community is essential to the lives of older adults.
Moving to assisted living can be a difficult transition, which is why it’s so important that a community helps their residents become comfortable in their new circle of peers. Part of that is encouraging visitors whenever the resident wishes while also welcoming them into their new community of neighbors. Residents can focus on socializing and having fun with friends knowing that, should they need clinical care or support with daily activities, a team of experts is ready to help them.
Isolation as we age is a very real, common issue, posing risks to both psychological and physical health. The sense of community provided at assisted living helps to alleviate this, fostering social connections that enrich residents’ lives. Social connections offer feelings of purpose and solidarity as well, which can be especially helpful for those recovering from injuries or facing chronic health issues.
3. Access to medical care and support
Assisted living brings medical care needs to the convenience of a resident’s home. Instead of driving or finding transportation for a nurse visit, residents simply call on their own dedicated team of medical professionals and support staff. Assisted living residents enjoy the peace of mind that comes from qualified, guaranteed access to healthcare services without compromising their independence. That can lead to better health outcomes and more time to spend on other facets of their lives.
At Three Pillars, an onsite clinic even brings in physicians and specialists, lab services, and more under one roof.
The care team works with each resident to find the right level of care for their specific needs, balancing those needs with respect for the person’s autonomy. That balance is constantly reevaluated to provide care as needs change.
This adaptability is one of the most important benefits of senior living communities. If a residents’ health needs become more advanced, a community like Three Pillars is equipped to help. Residents won’t need to find a new assisted living community; they can adjust their living situation and medical services, keeping their social connections and routines they’ve established in their current home.
Assisted living provides great flexibility to suit whatever your needs may be – even if they change. The sense of security and stability that brings can have a dramatic effect on overall quality of life.
Interested Assisted Living at Three Pillars?
Senior living communities can be an overwhelmingly positive part of the lives of residents and their families. To start exploring options, contact us today. We’re here to help.