You may be concerned about age-related decline in your ability to do independent tasks. You have provided for yourself, a spouse, offspring, and grandkids. You have demonstrated leadership on the job and in the community. Life experience makes it difficult to contemplate surrendering independence and freedom. What strategies can you employ to maintain your autonomy while residing in an assisted living community?
Some people may associate “assisted living” with a loss of independence. In contrast, the reality is just the opposite. Nowadays, assisted living communities offer a secure and healthy environment that caters to your needs, including the need for freedom.
How Assisted Living Works
Those who require or desire assistance with tasks such as preparing meals, driving, monitoring medications, or maintaining personal cleanliness may benefit from an assisted living program. A hospital stay, a new medical diagnosis, or simply becoming older can all necessitate this kind of assistance.
A private, secure, and intimate living space is provided for each resident. Help from trained professionals who genuinely care about their residents is always just a button click away. Assisted living allows residents to maintain their sense of autonomy while also having the re-assurance that support is close at hand by having access to services such as a chef who prepares three meals a day, laundry and linen service, and specialized amenities like on-site beauty salons.
The common areas are spacious and welcoming, featuring common kitchens, dining areas, sitting areas, and sun rooms. In a small, friendly group, you can use and enjoy things at your own pace. More importantly, we make sure that everyone, regardless of their physical capabilities, can freely move around in each and every one of our community spaces.
Assisted Living Promotes Freedom in Residents
In some ways, remaining in your existing residence may represent the ultimate in autonomy for you. Is it true independence if you need frequent assistance from loved ones or health care workers to continue living at home? You may not even realize how much independence you have given up as your dependence on other people grows gradually over time.
Your loved ones or caregivers may have to compromise your independence at times to ensure your physical well-being at home. Unfortunately, the chances are high that your house was not constructed with the elderly in mind. The kind of autonomy that assisted living is designed to protect might be challenging to achieve with in-home carers. You simply have to accept assistance when you want it, unlike with a visiting caregiver who may need to establish a routine for aiding you.
A lot of our current residents have come a long way from their earlier struggles. They were embarrassed to ask for help with tasks they had previously completed on their own. Assisted living can liberate you from the burden of asking others for help with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, driving, medication management, bill paying, and attending religious services. It frees you from having to rely on other members of your family for assistance with daily tasks, so you can spend more quality time together.