When an elderly loved one is no longer able to live alone, or if the demands of owning a home are becoming too much, it's time to consider finding them a more appropriate living situation. The primary concern is that your loved one is safe and healthy; it's a huge relief to know they're being well cared for. If you are considering moving a loved one to a senior community, here are 3 things to know about independent versus assisted living:
1. Independent living is the least restrictive residential option for seniors. The goal of these communities is to enable residents to live on their own for as long as possible, while making their day-to-day lives easier. Provided services typically include laundry, housekeeping, and landscaping, along with on-site dining, security, and regularly scheduled activities and events. Assisted living communities offer the same services, with additional personalized medical care and supervision provided by full-time staff.
2. Assisted living is geared towards helping seniors who need assistance with certain types of activities, including bathing, getting dressed, preparing meals, and managing medications and personal finances. Assisted living does not provide skilled nursing care for those with serious mental or physical ailments.
3. Both independent and assisted living communities offer recreation and entertainment schedules that are appropriate for each type of facility's residents and their abilities. Game nights, book clubs, support groups, exercise classes, continuing education opportunities, holiday celebrations, and field trips offer residents opportunities for social engagement. Transportation services are usually available so residents can visit their doctors and the grocery or run other errands.
Living a maintenance-free lifestyle is a perfect way to spend one's golden years. If your loved one can live independently but feels relieved having access to assistance when needed, independent living is a great choice. If more hands-on help is required, assisted living is the better option. For more information, please contact:
Clarendale of Algonquin
2001 W. Algonquin Rd.
Algonquin, IL 60102