Are you or a loved one ready for the move into assisted living? If you’re still considering your options, it helps to understand a bit more about what each type of care will provide you with. To help you get started, here are 7 things you should know about assisted living.
You can live by yourself
Assisted living residents have different levels of independence depending on their care needs, but you absolutely can still live on your own with your own private space. Private apartments and studios are the standard types of accommodation in most assisted living communities.
You’ll make lots of new friends
Although you may be moving further away from friends and family, assisted living is the perfect environment for socializing and making new friends. There are lots of common spaces throughout the complex and a variety of social and recreational activities are organized for residents to take part in.
And you can keep your furry friends
You don’t have to leave everyone behind since most assisted living communities allow residents to keep their pets with them when they move in. Pets are great for companionship, so they can play a big role in senior care. Inquire at the communities you’re considering to check whether they allow pets.
Your friends and family can visit often
Plus, your friends and family can come and visit you on a regular basis. This will obviously depend partly on their schedule and how far away they live but, other than that, there are few restrictions placed on when residents can receive visitors.
You can set your own schedule
You’ll still have a lot of choice, freedom, and independence when you move into assisted living. You can set your own schedule and move around the complex freely, choosing whether to eat in your apartment or in the shared dining facilities, for example. You can also choose your level of care based on your needs.
Care staff are there to help
Care staff are on hand 24/7 to support you with day-to-day tasks such as cleaning and cooking, bathing and dressing, and medication care. Services like rehabilitative care and memory care may also be provided on-site.
All assisted living communities are different
Having said all the above, every assisted living community will differ slightly from the next. So, it’s always important to research care facilities individually to ensure that they provide everything your loved one needs.
You can find out more about Brookstone of Clemmons and the kind of assisted living care we offer. Get in touch if you have any questions.
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