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When is it time for assisted living?

Moving into an assisted living community is a big decision, and sometimes big decisions can feel intimidating. Even when you know it will be a wonderful experience, it can be hard to embrace something new. You want to be sure you’re making the right choice. So when is it the right time to start considering assisted living?

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We all have different reasons for choosing assisted living

Everyone has a different reason for choosing to move to an assisted living community, but here are the five most common ones we hear:

  1. You or your loved ones are often worried about your safety.
    Because assisted living communities have staff members on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you don’t have to worry about being alone in the event of an emergency. Some communities even incorporate emergency alert systems in their senior living apartments, so you can have peace of mind knowing help is never far away.
  2. You find yourself wanting more social interaction.
    When you make your home at an assisted living community, you are surrounded by people just like you. It’s the perfect environment to make new friends with those in your same stage of life. Whether you want to share stories over dinner, play a lively round of Bingo or engage in thoughtful conversations about your favorite books or current events, our communities offer plenty of social activities to help facilitate those blossoming friendships with other seniors.
  3. You’re struggling more than usual to get around in and out of your home.
    One of the perks of living in a community that was designed from the ground up with seniors in mind is that the rooms are spacious, the hallways are wide and there is staff available to help you get from room to room if you need some extra assistance. At Brookdale, our staff strives to provide you with the right amount of support, so that you receive the assistance you need, while still remaining independent and living life the way you choose. 
  4. You could use a little help with daily tasks like cooking and cleaning.
    Could you use a little help with daily things like cooking, cleaning, personal grooming and laundry? If so, you will love the perks of being in a community. At an assisted living community, caring staff members are available to help you tackle these tasks, which means you can enjoy fewer worries and get more of your time back. 
  5. You wish you had more freedom to decide how to spend your time.
    Speaking of having more time, wouldn’t it be nice if you could choose how you want to spend your days rather than dealing with an endless to-do list? Whether it’s dealing with the stress of property maintenance or the hassle of grocery shopping, an assisted living community can remove those burdens and give you more freedom to do the things you really enjoy, like painting, reading or spending quality time with friends and family.

Most communities even offer services like scheduled transportation and daily meals so that life is easier than ever. You can also choose a location that gives you access to things you wouldn’t have if you lived on your own — like a general store, on-site salon and fun-filled activities calendar.

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The Benefits of Assisted Living
Curious about what services are available at our assisted living communities?

Keeping you in tip-top shape is our top priority, and we have programs in place to help you feel strong and healthy. Here are some care services you’d likely find at our assisted living communities:

  • A personalized service assessment where we evaluate your individual needs and create a custom care plan tailored to you

  • Ongoing monitoring of your health status

  • Medication support

  • Specialized intervention programs, such as nutrition tracking, weight management and falls management

  • Respite care if you are recovering from surgery or a recent hospitalization

It’s common for people to move into an assisted living community because they want some form of personal assistance. Whether you need a lot or just a little extra help, we’ve got you covered. Some services may require additional costs, so be sure to check with your local community for more detailed information. 

  • Assistance with personal needs, such as bathing or showering, dressing, hygiene, etc.

  • Ambulation and escort services, which includes escorting residents to meals and activities within the building

  • Incontinence management, ranging from reminders and scheduling to assistance

  • Staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be alerted to an emergency

  • Transportation services

  • Additional services for your unscheduled needs and personal requests

  • Personal Solutions, which is a community-managed service that delivers a range of personal care products to your door

  • Personalized Living services

When you move to a Brookdale assisted living community, you will have access to a number of quality amenities and services. Some of the standard lifestyle perks you can enjoy at our communities could include: 

  • Nutritious meals served three times a day

  • Snacks available throughout the day

  • Housekeeping services

  • Personal laundry and linen services

  • Daily life enrichment programming, which may include wellness programs, outings, fitness classes, educational programs, and cultural and social events

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What do our residents think?

"This is living!"

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Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to know if it’s time for your loved one to explore the possibility of an assisted living community: 

  • Have you noticed uneaten food going bad in the fridge? 
  • Is your loved one wearing the same clothing every time you visit? 
  • Does your loved one spend less time on their hygiene? 
  • Have you noticed an increase in accidents that happen to your loved one?
  • Is your loved one struggling to move throughout their home? 
  • Does your loved one forget to turn off certain household appliances?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to talk to your loved one about a lifestyle change. Fortunately we have hundreds of wonderful communities all across the country, and there’s a good chance that one is in your area. We would love to meet you, show you around and answer any questions you have about assisted living.

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