How to Assess Your Assisted Living Needs and Wants
If you or a loved one is beginning to need help with daily tasks or are noticing a decline in quality of life, your family may be discussing the advantages of assisted living.
While providing activities, amenities, safety and security, a great benefit for most residents is that they can also maintain their independence once they call a community home.
If you’re ready to become more familiar with the options of assisted living, we can help you discover the benefits – and who they best serve.
How to assess your assisted living needs and wants
The first step is to acknowledge the preferences desired and evaluate the type of services that may be needed. Asking these questions can help:
#1: Are you living independently?
Assisted living residents are able to live independently with the help of staff with daily tasks. Making their own decisions and choices is a priority and the helping hand allows them to no longer rely on family and friends as caregivers.
#2: Is your current home accessible?
Many older adults discover that it is becoming more difficult or unsafe to navigate steps and stairs – or that narrow halls and doorways cannot accommodate assistive equipment. Renovations can be extensive and expensive.
#3: Are physical and mental fitness a priority?
Do you understand the importance of remaining fit – both in body and mind – but are finding it difficult to achieve? Would you welcome the opportunity of a fitness center or classes?
#4: Are you becoming lonely or socially isolated?
Are you staying at home more and not joining friends for lunch or at social events or gatherings? This might be due to a chronic condition, lack of transportation or the opportunities themselves. Would you like to make new friends and be socially connected?
#5: Are you still engaged?
Finding age-appropriate activities and ones of interest to you can also become more of a challenge. Are you still able to participate in the activities you like and feel engaged in your neighborhood and community? Would you like to find more options?
#6: Are you able to prepare healthy meals?
Has preparing meals become more difficult? Have you found yourself instead substituting snacks, processed foods or even skipping meals altogether? Would you enjoy leaving the cooking to someone else – and the camaraderie of sharing delicious meals with friends?
#7: Are you still driving?
If you have decided to no longer drive, you may be staying at home more. Having to rely on others for rides or navigate mass transit or ride sharing programs can be overwhelming. Would you like to leave the driving to someone else?
#8: Is safety and security a concern?
Are there repairs or security features that need to be installed? Is living alone making you anxious about what you would do if you fell and couldn’t get help? Would you like to enjoy your freedom and independence while knowing help is always available if needed?
The benefits of the assisted living lifestyle
After determining your needs and wants, compare them with what you’ll discover at an assisted living community:
Senior living residences are private and designed to be age-friendly. You won’t need to make any accessibility modifications but are encouraged to bring furniture or other personal items to create your home.
Assistance with daily tasks
Communities provide a well-trained and compassionate staff to assist the residents with tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming or managing medications.
Physical and cognitive fitness
It’s important to maintain your physical and mental health. You’ll discover exercise equipment and classes to keep your body and mind in shape.
Opportunities to make friends
Making friends can become more of a challenge as we grow older, and we may have also lost close family or friends. An assisted living community provides several opportunities to meet the other residents and begin sharing stories.
Activities and social events
Remaining engaged is essential to living and aging well but it can become more difficult especially if living at home alone. Communities provide a monthly calendar of activities and social events to enjoy with new friends.
Eating well is also critical to health and wellness but another task that may have become more of a challenge. Assisted living includes a nutritious and delicious dining program with chef-prepared menus and meals.
Giving up driving can leave many older adults isolated in their homes or having to ask for rides. An assisted living community provides scheduled transportation to medical appointments, entertainment, shopping and other activities.
Safety and security
Older adults often feel less safe or more concerned with their security when living at home. After moving to an assisted living community, residents appreciate the added security features and are reassured that they are never truly alone.
Assisted Living in Broward County at Seaside Hallandale Beach
We’re here to answer any questions you may have about senior living. If your family is searching for assisted living in Broward County, we invite your family to see how our community can encourage and promote a higher quality of life.
Supporting our residents to age well, we believe you or your parents will enjoy the services and amenities available in our pet-friendly community:
We encourage you to visit Seaside Hallandale Beach assisted living in Broward County which is designed to provide activities and social opportunities to help our residents in reaching their wellness goals.
- A monthly social calendar of activities
- Beautiful common spaces to socialize
- Weekly housekeeping
- A spacious courtyard
- An outdoor pool with a covered patio
- Personalized fitness and wellness programs
- Scheduled transportation
- Easy and safe access to the beach
If you have any questions about Seaside Hallandale Beach Senior Living, please contact us at 954-607-1000 or download our brochure.
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