What is Assisted Living?

The Assisted Living Experience

Today’s seniors can expect an active, vibrant lifestyle in their community with the events and activities tailored to their preferences and abilities. While you will still find opportunities to play perennial favorites like bingo and bridge, the communities of today truly think outside the box when creating ambiances and programming for their residents.

Our communities are designed with comfort in mind, and we go the extra mile to ensure our residents feel happy, secure, and inspired. We maintain secure perimeters to keep our residents safe, and our expert and attentive staff make sure each resident is well cared for and listened to.

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More Enjoyment Every Day

At Senior Lifestyle, we’ve developed a robust calendar of engaging programming, from inspiring creative classes to lively happy hours to holiday parties and lecture series. These vibrant schedules and environments reduce the risk of senior isolation and depression in our residents. Our programming caters to every level of care, and are designed to include all residents.

Learning and Discovery

There are many ways for today's active seniors to expand their world from inside their communities. Art and education classes have become a staple on monthly calendars, along with seminars on topics such as historical figures and wellness. Book, poetry, and writing clubs have also become popular, providing another way for seniors to grow and express themselves in the new community.

Active and On-the-Go

Staying active can keep seniors enjoying the hobbies and lifestyle they love. Physical activities for seniors in these communities have become an important part of the daily routine. From walking clubs, tai chi, and water aerobics to adapted exercises such as balance classes and chair yoga, seniors of all ability levels can find a structured exercise class or activity that keeps them healthy and on the go.

Friends and Fun

Part of the appeal of Assisted Living is that it provides a natural, comfortable setting to meet other seniors and build friendships. Communities focus on planning social events that encourage interaction including happy hours, movie nights, and trips to local eateries, making it simple to make connections and form friendships.

Places for Pets

Pets are an important source of love and companionship for seniors. Today's Assisted Living communities understand that connection and welcome these special friends. Many events and activities are pet-friendly too, making it easy for pets to feel equally at home and at ease in the community from the start.

Senior Lifestyle Values

At Senior Lifestyle, we help seniors and their families live with ease, while providing our residents a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. As a result of our core values, our residents enjoy special attention to detail and personalized care each day.

Some examples of our specialized offerings include:

  • Nutritious meals to promote wellness
  • Regular wellness checks and medication reminders
  • Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • A dynamic, lively calendar of daily programming
  • Technology to promote virtual socializing
  • Happy hours and holiday parties
  • Outings and events in our local community
*Programming and activities are different at every Assisted Living community. Not every program or activity mentioned above will be available in all Assisted Living communities.

The Assisted Living Experience

Today’s seniors can expect an active, vibrant lifestyle in their community with the events and activities tailored to their preferences and abilities. While you will still find opportunities to play perennial favorites like bingo and bridge, the communities of today truly think outside the box when creating ambiances and programming for their residents.

Our communities place a priority on enjoyment and relaxation. Many include well-manicured outdoor spaces with lush surroundings and daily opportunities to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Inside, spacious community rooms are designed for socialization with plenty of cozy nooks and niches for those wanting a little rest and relaxation for the day. These vibrant atmospheres are complemented by a wide array of planned social events, activities, and education opportunities.

Personal Care

The main feature of these communities is the availability of personal care services from a team of professionals, including a nursing staff. While the breadth of these services varies from community to community, they are often able to assist residents with daily personal care such as personal hygiene, dressing, medication reminders, and daily health checks.

Housekeeping and Laundry

Residents living in Assisted Living can worry less about household chores such as dusting, vacuuming, and laundry. These communities and their professional staff provide services like daily tidying-up, weekly housekeeping, laundry, and linen services to make each day easier.

Daily Dining

A culinary experience inspires emotion, from the nostalgic aroma of bread in the oven to the warm comfort of a perfectly-seasoned soup on a rainy day. Families can rest assured knowing their loved one is served delicious meals each day, while eliminating the need to go to the grocery store. We combine the joys of dining with the nutrition experts say our residents need to live a healthy life.

Transportation

Assisted Living communities provide individual and group transportation to help their residents safely complete their errands, attend appointments, or get out and about for shopping and fun. Residents can ride safely with a professional driver and receive any needed assistance while at their destination.

Understanding a Community’s Services

Every Assisted Living community provides different levels of care and services, and many personalized care plans for each residents’ preferences and needs. For families looking for a new home for their loved ones, it is important to understand that the criteria for these communities versus a nursing home are drastically different. Families may want to consult with a physician, the community and their loved one to find the right type of care.

To understand the type of services offered in an Assisted Living community, ask these questions during an initial conversation, visit, or tour:

  • What type of personal care do you offer?
  • Do you have a nursing staff onsite 24/7?
  • What are the housekeeping services available, and how often are they completed?
  • What meals are provided in the community? How are meals chosen and served?
  • How does transportation get scheduled for individual outings?
*Remember, services and amenities vary from community to community. Not every service mentioned above will be available in all Assisted Living communities.

Who is Right For Assisted Living?

Many seniors and their families struggle with how to know when it’s time for Assisted Living or other senior care options. It’s common for families to initially be hesitant or for their loved ones to refuse these options because of preconceived ideas of senior housing or denial of care needed.

A snapshot of an assisted living resident

  • Seniors with a need for assistance with daily activities
  • Wants freedom from difficult home maintenance and chores
  • Wants more opportunities to enjoy life, socialize, and learn

Today, these worries are unfounded, with our communities providing many opportunities for light, laughter, and ongoing independence. Seniors who need daily assistance with household chores or personal care can benefit from the services offered in Assisted Living communities while still enjoying a social, vibrant lifestyle.

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Which Senior Lifestyle Option is Best for You?

Not sure if Assisted Living is the right fit? Take our personalized Level of Care Quiz to find out the best level of care for you or you loved one’s needs.

How to Find an Assisted Living Community

Seniors and families looking for Assisted Living options will undoubtedly find many communities nearby. While researching communities can be intimidating, there are many resources that can help you in your search. Contacting local senior centers or visiting review sites to narrow your list to reputable communities that offer this level of care are great places to start. Once you schedule a tour, prepare the questions you should ask while visiting to ensure you gain the important information necessary to find your perfect community. Here are a few basic inquiries you can start with prior to even visiting an Assisted Living community near you.

The Right Place for Your Loved One

Depending on the level of care they provide and the residents living in a community, Assisted Living activities and programming can look very different from community to community. To find the right fit for you or a loved one, here are some questions to keep in mind:

  • Do they offer activities or social events that I feel comfortable with?
  • Can I easily pursue a passion I love here?
  • Do I have to participate in every activity offered?
  • If I own or decide to own a pet, would it be welcome?

Download Our Guide to Senior Housing

To better understand the different lifestyle options and which one is right for you or your loved one, check out our guide to senior housing.

The Complete Guide to Senior Housing