5 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Posted by: - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Making the decision to move to an assisted living facility can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact if you seek out a facility that has these 5 qualities, moving can be not only enjoyable, but great for your mental and physical health too.

1.    Freedom and Comfort
Assisted living is exactly what it sounds like. It is living your current daily life with minimal assistance. When residents are looking for a wonderful assisted living facility they should consider how they want to live. The best communities will ensure that their residents still have all of the opportunities for freedom and enjoyment in their life that they had before they moved. The ability to freely do whatever you want and are capable of is important. The ability to go to the grocery, walk to the store, take care of a pet. Having these freedoms should not be taken for granted.

Continuing with life’s daily activities is a wonderful quality to have in a community, but it is also important that you are comfortable.  Having a facility that takes care of laundry, cooking and other daily chore hassles are wonderful to have in order to release the stress they have been causing and be able to relax and have fun with activities that the vicinity provides.

2.    Services Available
As mentioned it is pertinent that there are a variety of services and amenities available to residents. These amenities should include possible conveniences such as a grocery store, spa, hair salon, barbershop, a nice sit down restaurant, and other services that that allow for you to enjoy life safely without dealing with crowds, finding parking, and other sources of stress.

3.    Health & Fitness
Age should never define ones ability to be healthy and fit. A 70-something-year-old bodybuilder, Ernestine Shepherd, demonstrated to the world that you can be muscular again at any age. But you don’t have to be superman or wonder woman to want be healthy and fit. You should make sure that the facility you choose to reside in is devoted to ensuring your health and well-being with a variety of appropriate physical activity options. This could include dance lessons to water aerobics, even golf outings are spectacular ways of guaranteeing that you will maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.

4.    Activities
One of the major perks of no longer having to deal with laundry and housekeeping is that you are free to participate in more fun activities than ever before. Make sure when choosing a facility that it has plenty of exciting activities that will stimulate your brain and ensure that you are never bored. Maybe you enjoy crafts, knitting, fishing or woodworking? Whatever your hobby is, guarantee that the community you choose has a place for you to enjoy your hobby with like-minded friends.

5.    Faith & Spirituality
Whether you are a devout Catholic or a nonreligious spiritual person, it is essential that wherever you choose to reside that the place fills your spiritual and religious needs. Having a spiritual connection has been shown to evoke positivity and have major health benefits. And let’s face it, we could all use a little more of that in our lives.

Assisted Living can be an exciting part of life. Make sure that these qualities are found in your assisted living facility so that you get the proper experience that you deserve. As Mary Lu Flynn expressed, “The flexibility [at St. Leonard] allows you to be as involved as you want or just settle back.” No matter your lifestyle make sure that your Assisted Living Facility fits you.