One of the main reasons some seniors are resistant to moving into an assisted living community is that they’re afraid they’ll lose their independence by leaving their homes. What many people fail to consider, however, is that living alone as an older adult can actually be more damaging to one’s independence than anything else. This is especially true among seniors who no longer drive, as they can easily become withdrawn inside the home and lack the basic interaction and daily stimulation that the brain and body need to thrive. From there, a vicious cycle can occur.
In reality, moving into an assisted living community is often one of the best choices a person can make for their independence both now and in the long-term.
How Assisted Living Helps Seniors Retain Independence
The right assisted living community will provide a senior just the right amount of professional care to ensure that he or she is able to function and thrive in ways that they simply couldn’t when living alone. Some of the tasks an assisted living community may help with include administering medications, providing memory care to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients, and even assisting with basic daily tasks like cleaning or bathing. By receiving the help needed with these tasks, seniors are able to protect their health and wellness, which enables them to be more alert and active.
Many assisted living communities also have activities, outings, and facilities that encourage seniors to get out, do the things they love, and even interact with others in ways that wouldn’t be possible living alone. For example, an assisted living community may offer crafts, music, dancing or tailored fitness classes for the residents. Planned outings and special activities also allow seniors the opportunities they want (and frankly, need) to interact with others and enjoy that sense of community that they could otherwise be missing when living at home by themselves.
Meanwhile, seniors in assisted living communities no longer need to worry about the tedious and potentially dangerous tasks associated with living alone and maintaining a home, such as yardwork or home maintenance. Instead, they can focus on engaging in new hobbies, meeting new people, and spending time doing things they enjoy.
In these ways and countless others, assisted living communities offer independent living for seniors. At Hampton Manor Assisted Living, we take great pride in our communities and our services. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you or a loved one retain your independence!