While a vast majority of seniors say they want to live at home for as long as possible, according to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), 70% of people over 65 will need a long-term level of care. Today, over 800,000 people live in almost 29,000 assisted living communities in the United States.
If you’re considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, you know there are lots of senior care options out there and a wide range of information about each one. To help you make a more informed decision, here are some assisted living facts that may change how you think about this engaging lifestyle.
Assisted Living Facts
Helpful by design: One of the most important assisted living facts is how the community is purposely designed to help you get more out of life. If you or a loved one is having trouble with the activities of daily living — cooking, getting ready for the day, taking medication — the staff is always available to help you.
Declare your independence: At an assisted living community, you can eat when you want, do the activities that interest you, and of course visit with friends and family anytime you like. If you decide to do some traveling, the community will look after everything while you’re away. In fact, assisted living communities are designed to help you maintain your independence for as long as possible.
A place of your own: Most assisted living communities offer a variety of apartment floor plans you can furnish and decorate however you’d like. Plus, you’ll only have visitors when you want them — and staff will only enter your apartment with your prior knowledge and consent.
It’s more affordable than you think: If you consider everything you may need to do to your house to make it easier for you to get around — widening doorways, taking out steps, hiring a caregiver — staying at home can cost a lot more in the long run. Plus, assisted living communities take care of all inside and outside maintenance and repairs, property taxes, and most cover all your utilities and provide meals. And, if needed, you have 24/7 access to their highly trained staff.
Bring your furry friend: A lot of assisted living communities know pets are part of the family. To see whether there are size and weight restrictions or other rules regarding pets, check with the community’s staff.
Get out and about: Most assisted living communities offer complimentary transportation for shopping, social events and scheduled doctor appointments. If you’re a licensed driver, you can still use your own vehicle and be provided with a parking space.
Do what you want: Assisted living communities offer a calendar full of engaging activities and events — like yoga classes, crafting classes, sports and board games — to keep you socially engaged.
Interesting neighbors: Once you move in, you’re sure to find someone who shares your interests. Plus, there are a variety of clubs, volunteer groups and other activities to attend. In fact, if you talk to assisted living residents, they’re likely to say they’ve never been busier.
Nutritious and delicious: At most assisted living communities, you’ll find a number of diverse and healthful chef-prepared meals on the menu every day.
In case of emergency: Staff must be trained at least annually in a variety of safety procedures in case of fire, natural disasters and viral outbreaks. Plus, all safety procedures must comply with federal and state laws and be updated as needed.
Get the Facts About Astral at Auburn
As you explore senior living options for yourself or a loved one, consider Astral at Auburn. Our community offers independent living, assisted living and memory support. You can get more facts about our assisted living community by contacting us here.