What Does Assisted Living Include?
Many adult communities offer the option for assisted living services. To help you determine whether assisted living is right for you or a relative, we’ve laid out the basics of assisted living communities, including some of the various assisted living services offered and how they benefit individuals.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a type of senior living designed for individuals that need support with activities of daily living, which are known as ADLs. ADLs include tasks like keeping up with personal hygiene, getting dressed in the morning or moving from place to place. Trained staff are available in assisted living communities to help with these types of tasks, as well as other common needs, such as managing medication.
In assisted living communities, residents have the freedom to choose how to spend their days, but team members are on hand to provide help whenever it is needed, 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
What Does Assisted Living Include?
What makes assisted living communities an excellent choice for today’s adults? In most cases, it’s the fact that these communities don’t just exist to provide services – they have a greater goal of creating a lifestyle shaped around the needs and interests of each resident, with a focus on all aspects of wellness. Communities and their staff want to enhance each resident’s life, maximizing their abilities and filling in where they need help.
This is typically done through support, programming, individualized care and comfortable apartment homes.
Programming to Promote Wellness of the Mind, Body and Spirit
Most assisted living communities don’t just assist with activities of daily living. They are active lifestyle homes designed to foster wellness in every area of life, including the mind, body and spirit. Innovative programs help residents feel connected and valued, while also providing mental and physical stimulation throughout the day.
For example, residents enjoy a full calendar of optional programming and events designed to encourage connection and engagement with neighbors, staff, visiting friends or visiting family members. Programming spans all aspects of wellness, including activities like:
- Exercise classes
- Music concerts and lessons
- Painting demonstrations and classes
- Artisan crafts demonstrations and classes
- Cooking clubs and classes
- Visits to local attractions
- Shopping excursions
- Educational and hobby classes
Many of these program options are chosen based on the individual passions of community members, and the calendar of events is kept fresh. When choosing programming, team members are intentional about including community members and helping them add their skills and talents to the events.
Empowerment Through Individualized Care
Assisted living is not a “one-size-fits-all” type of support. Each resident has his or her unique needs, and personalized support plans ensure those needs are met each and every day, helping them feel honored and empowered as they engage with the rest of the community.
The goal of assisted living is to help residents enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle, even if facing physical or mental challenges. That’s why communities have team members who handle tasks like home maintenance, housekeeping and laundry as part of these individualized support plans. This alleviates the burden on residents, empowering them to enjoy an active lifestyle and take advantage of the activities available without having to worry about keeping up their apartments.
Shared or Private Apartments that Feel Like Home
While support and programming are both important parts of assisted living, people ready to make a move into one of these communities also want to know where they will live. Assisted living always includes an apartment or suite, although the exact type of accommodation will vary by location as well as the individual’s needs. Depending on the community, these can be simple bedrooms, private apartment homes or shared rooms that promote connection and companionship.
At New Standard Millville, for example, residents enjoy private apartments with the amenities of home. A kitchenette provides a place to make a favorite meal, while living rooms offer a space to entertain guests and visiting family. Large closets mean plenty of space for storage and included utilities take one more thing off the “to do” list, freeing up more time to enjoy the features and programs offered within the community. We also provide additional safety amenities, such as an emergency pull cord in the bedroom and bathroom to bring team members in for support in a moment’s notice.
Every room in a well-designed community like ours will include these small but impactful amenities to help residents feel safe and comfortable in their homes.
Why Choose an Assisted Living Community?
Every adult needs a little extra assistance at some point in their lives. In a supportive assisted living community, residents not only celebrate their own legacies and stories, but also build new ones.
With staff on hand 24 hours a day, seven days per week, you can be confident that you’ll maintain your independence, but still have help available when needed.
With regular community programs and events, you will be sure to find plenty of things to do throughout your day. Add to this private apartment homes, and assisted living communities provide what today’s adults need to create lifestyles that bring joy and fulfillment.
New Standard Senior Living in Millville, New Jersey, is one such assisted living community. We have designed our community around residents’ needs and our own innovative wellness philosophy that emphasizes physical, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being. This helps you thrive as you keep pushing to achieve your personal goals today and beyond. Along the way, team members step in with support as it is needed, whether that’s for daily care needs or maintenance of your private apartment.
If you’re considering an assisted living community, contact us today to talk to a staff member about what our assisted living services include, as well as the best options for your lifestyle.