Understanding what you might expect when moving to a new place is important. Whether it’s a child going off to summer camp for the first time, a teenager heading off to college, or a middle-aged person moving to a new city for a job opportunity, the unknown can be unsettling, to say the least. That is also the case for seniors who plan to move to assisted living for the first time.
Some people may not know what there is to do at assisted living. Some seniors and other adults have the wrong idea about what assisted living is. They get this idea that this is for aging men and women who are at the end of their life.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the key to what this offers is right there in the name for itself: assisted living.
It is all about helping elderly men and women live life to the fullest, even if they have physical limitations, chronic health issues, or other factors that challenge them each and every day.
So, what is there to do for seniors at assisted living? Each facility is different, so don’t assume all of them are the same. It’s important to reach out to a local facility, take a tour, and find out for yourself, but in a general sense, let’s talk about some of the things seniors often enjoy at a quality assisted living facility.
Instead of having to worry about food, preparing meals, and all that, a good assisted living facility will have a restaurant style eatery with an on staff chef. That means seniors can enjoy a nice menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There should be a decent entertainment room where movies can be played, seniors can listen to music they like, or even just lounge around and read a nice book surrounded by ample natural light.
Some assisted living places even provide fitness centers.
Not all assisted living facilities will have this, but for some, they may have some type of exercise equipment for elderly residents. This is vital, even for those who may have certain health issues or physical limitations.
Elevating the heart rate strengthens the heart muscles and that is crucial for ongoing health and safety.
There is a lot to do for aging seniors at assisted living communities across the country. But don’t just make assumptions. Reach out to a prospective assisted living facility in your area, take a tour — even if it’s a virtual tour right now — and find out the specifics of what they have to offer.