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Assisted living in the United States has evolved rapidly in the last four decades. From sterile nursing home settings, to new retirement communities focused on mind, body, and soul, the assisted living experience is changing for the better. Today’s assisted living communities are as diverse as the population of the United States itself. As Forbes notes, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a standard definition for nursing homes, but no such designation for an assisted living residence.
Assisted living communities are regulated at the state level, giving rise to variances between locales. As such, it is important to understand the types of senior living available to you or your loved one. Today, here are some of the most common types of assisted living:
The Massachusetts Assisted Living Association notes that “assisted living offers an enhanced residential experience and is not a medical environment.” Assisted senior living services focus on the residents, providing freedom of choice, independence, and quality of life experience similar to fully independent living while integrating skilled nursing care onsite if you need it.
According to the National Caregivers Library, nearly 1.2 million Americans currently living in assisted living communities across the country. Here’s some quick facts to keep in mind when selecting an assisted living facility for yourself or your loved ones:
The overarching goal of most assisted living residences today is to help older adults transition into a senior living community without sacrificing happiness, mental aptitude, or socialization. In 2017, AARP took a look at the major health issues affecting seniors and found that isolation and loneliness have serious consequences. Loneliness among retirees was found to be a predictor of serious health problems, and a 2015 BYU study found that simply feeling alone increases the risk of mortality by 26%.
Fortunately, today’s senior living services understand these risk associations and work to ensure your assisted living experience is focused on happiness and socialization. Your health and quality of life matter, from childhood to your golden years. The right senior community for you offers an assisted living experience that includes the following services designed to care for your day to day needs:
These key aspects of the assisted living experience are offered on top of the basic functions such as a safe living environment with in-home care, providing for housekeeping and transportation to lower resident stress levels, and help with other daily living needs such as bathing, dressing, and other daily basics.
Finding the right retirement community can seem overwhelming. Now that you better understand the assisted living experience, you can find the right location to care for you or your loved one both medically, physically, and emotionally.
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