If you are a senior who is getting more nervous about living home alone, or you have a loved one in your life that you believe needs a less independent living arrangement, it's time to consider a senior living community. The benefits of communal living are extensive, and you can find the perfect living arrangement in your community by understanding what you are looking for. Whether you want a facility that is close to potential visitors, one that offers off-site field trips, or one that has an extensive recreation program, the right retirement community is out there to meet your needs.
Communal Living Reduces Isolation
While it is still possible to sit in your apartment at an assisted living facility and isolate yourself from those around you, it is hard to completely avoid others because meals are generally shared. The meals at an assisted living are often served family style, and you or your loved one will have the opportunity to share meals with other residents who live in the facility. Simply sitting down with others for a meal will give you time to talk with people and avoid feeling isolated.
New Friendships Can Develop
As you get older, you have probably begun losing some of your dearest and oldest friends. This loss can feel overwhelming as it begins to happen more and more frequently. In an assisted living facility, there is plenty of time for conversation and for new friendships to develop. While new friendships won't replace your lost relationships, you will find people that have similar interests, and you can develop relationships that blossom into friendship.
Your Safety And Security Is Protected
Whether you have recently become more prone to fall or you have started to get a little confused, your safety and security is better protected when living in an assisted living facility. When you don't live alone, you will be found more easily should you fall and not be able to call for help. If you have started wandering, the facility will be able to help you develop a plan that keeps you safe at all times.
You Can Still Go Shop For Your Own Needs
Assisted living facilities promote independence for their residents, and this means trips out to the grocery store, pharmacy and more, in order to allow residents to shop for what they need. You don't have to rely on your ability to drive a car, and you will know the schedule of rides that are available to you without having to ask friends or neighbors for a ride.
When you're facing putting your loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility, you want to make the best possible choice for your loved one. That can be difficult when you don't know much about the nursing homes in your area, or about what you should be looking for in a nursing home to begin with. It's a good idea to tour as many facilities in your area as possible to get an idea of which ones you like, but you still need to know what the signs of a good or bad nursing home are. I used to work as a kitchen assistant in long term care facilities, and I learned a lot about them during that time. I started this blog to share some of my insights into what makes a nursing home great, and how to spot problems in a facility that you're considering.