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8 Services Assisted Living Facilities Provide

When it comes to choosing the right housing option for senior adults, assisted living is often a popular choice. These facilities provide residents with a safe, comfortable living environment and assistance with daily activities. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, it’s important to understand the wide range of services available. Here’s everything that you need to know.

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1. Housing and Support Services

Assisted living facilities often provide residents with a private apartment, usually a studio or one-bedroom. Often equipped with a kitchenette and living area, they’re both comfortable and easy to navigate. Additionally, trained staff can provide daily support services, such as bathing assistance, dressing, and grooming. Overall, assisted living facilities help residents maintain their independence while extending a helping hand as needed.

2. Social and Recreational Activities

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With a host of social and recreational activities available, assisted living facilities also strive to meet residents’ social needs. These activities range from exercise classes to arts and crafts to monthly outings and more. Residents will have the opportunity to explore their interests and maintain active lifestyles. Additionally, these activities foster a sense of community. Many older adults are prone to loneliness and isolation—a combination that can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Fortunately, older adults will be among their peers and have plenty of opportunities to stave off loneliness.

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3. Nutrition and Meal Services

Many assisted living facilities staff professional chefs and nutritionists who prepare balanced meals for residents. Residents can enjoy meals in communal dining areas, both comfortable and spacious. Of course, chefs cater to dietary needs, providing meals tailored to every palate. Residents can also enjoy snacks throughout the day. And, of course, what’s better than eating good food in good company?

5. Health & Wellness Services

Most assisted living facilities provide residents with on-site medical attention and supervision as needed. An on-call nurse is always available to attend to residents’ health needs. In need of physical or occupational therapy? Good news! They provide that, too! Additionally, some facilities boast gyms and fitness classes that’ll help residents stay in their best shape.

6. Medication Management

Medication management can be tough for seniors, especially those with mobility issues or memory disorders. The good news is, that many assisted living facilities provide medication management services. Staff members help residents take the correct medication at the right time and in the proper dosage. For seniors who have multiple medications, this can provide some much-needed peace of mind.

7. Transportation and Housekeeping Services

Let’s be honest. Nobody likes doing chores. Truthfully, it may be more than a matter of dislike for some older adults. As we age, it may become more difficult for seniors to keep up with the demands of their household. Thankfully, assisted living facilities often provide housekeeping services. No more sweeping, folding laundry, or making the bed! Additionally, most assisted living facilities provide transportation for residents. They’ll arrange shuttle services to local shopping centers, hospitals, and wherever residents want to go. Now, how’s that for enjoying retirement?

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8. Personal Care Services

We all like to look our best. However, for some seniors, grooming can become difficult. Luckily, assisted living facilities provide personal care services! From assistance with bathing to hair care, these services are designed to help the residents maintain their dignity, independence, and personal hygiene. The care staff at assisted living facilities are highly trained and ready to help residents look and feel their best!

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If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, make sure that you learn what services are offered so you can find the one that meets all your needs. Still looking for more great articles? Then visit our Retirement Lifestyle Blog!

Originally published August 29, 2023

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