<!–[CDATA[When an older loved one begins to need a little extra help, families usually start searching for solutions. While many are aware of assisted living communities, most don’t understand what they offer or how they are different from other types of senior housing.
If you are wondering if an assisted living community is the right option for your family member, here are a few things that might help you decide.
What Families Should Know About Assisted Living Communities
1. Residents are free to set their own schedules.
There are a lot of misconceptions about assisted living communities. One that sometimes keeps older adults from considering this senior option is the fear they will lose their independence. In reality, residents of assisted living communities have the freedom to come and go as they please. They are also free to participate in as many—or as few—life enrichment activities as they choose. There are no rigid schedules to follow!
2. Private apartments and suites are standard.
Another worry many older adults have is that they will lose their privacy if they decide to move to an assisted living community. While there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the companionship of neighbors, every resident has their own private apartment or suite.
3. There are an abundance of wellness programs and daily activities.
Another myth about senior housing communities is that there isn’t much to do beyond playing card games and bingo. It’s true that you’ll likely find a competitive game of cards or a spirited round of bingo happening, but there are many more activities and events to participate in as well. Most assisted living communities host art classes, musical events, movie nights, religious services, and wellness programs on a daily or weekly basis.
4. Monthly fees include utilities, meals, and more.
Assisted living communities are a good value. The monthly fee typically includes a wide variety of benefits, services, and amenities. There are a few standard features common across the senior living industry. These include utilities, cable, housekeeping, laundry, life-enrichment activities, wellness programs, meals and snacks, and a private apartment or suite. Other amenities are sometimes offered for additional fees, such as a beauty shop, transportation services, and off-campus outings.
5. Pets are sometimes welcome.
Many assisted living communities know that pets are family members, too. That’s why an increasing number of communities happily welcome pets. Talk with the staff at any community you are considering to see if there are size and weight restrictions or other rules regarding pets.
Assisted Living at Five Star
The best way to learn more about assisted living is by scheduling a private tour of a community near you. With over 270 communities in 30 states, you’ll likely find a Five Star Senior Living community near you. Call us today at (853) 457-8271 to set up a time to visit and have all of your questions answered!