Assisted living facilities are larger communities that provide a “hotel” like environment with rooms ranging from studio to 2-bedrooms. There's a front lobby and restaurant style dining and care giving staff that come to your apartment on a regularly scheduled basis or as needed. One of the great benefits of a larger community is the group dining areas and common areas for social and recreational activities.
Social activities in an assisted living are similar to that of a resort. You can be as busy as you desire or enjoy your own solitude. It’s a place where those of a similar age can meet, live, and experience all of the perks of a great social life again. From trivia night, bowling, movie night to everyday games and activities, living with other seniors can result in an enjoyable time. Assisted living provides a constant source of friendship. Even those who claim to be reserved benefit from the mere presence of other people.
Many assisted living communities offer a separate memory care unit for dementia or Alzheimer's patients.
Services at a typical assisted living facility
[▪] Three meals a day served in a common dining area
[▪] Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, and walking
[▪] Housekeeping services
[▪] Access to health and medical services
[▪] Round-the-clock security
[▪] Emergency call systems in each resident’s living space
[▪] Exercise and wellness programs
[▪] Medication management
[▪] Laundry services
[▪] Social and recreational activities
When choosing between larger communities or a smaller Board & Care it’s important to understand your senior’s needs. When individuals are more active and less frail, the activities and friendships that abound in larger settings are often very attractive. If the senior needs to be within ear-shot of a caregiver due to a high fall risk, then a Board & Care might be more appropriate.