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Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Not sure if Assisted Living is right for you? Here are 5 advantages of living in an Assisted Living communities

Families and their loved ones may have several conversations about whether living at home or moving to an Assisted Living community is the right step. Even as a person’s quality of life begins to slip, it’s not uncommon for this discussion to stall along the way.

People may be hesitant about what that life would look like and so they hold back. It’s understandable that you don’t want to start packing without considering the pros and cons. But you also don’t want to let misperceptions derail your chance to live your best engaged life.

If you’ve been putting the move on hold, ask yourself what might be standing in the way. You’re not alone if you share these common sentiments:

  • Not believing you’re old enough to need assistance
  • Hesitant to admit you might need help
  • Fear of losing your independence
  • Not wanting to live on someone else’s timetable
  • Fear of boredom or not having anything to do
  • Not wanting to live in a facility
  • Assuming meals will be tasteless and offer no choices

Does your current home support your lifestyle?

If you haven’t visited a great Assisted Living community lately, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at how they’ve addressed every concern above. But the first step is to consider whether your current home is the best place for you.

The following includes a few common scenarios that may be applicable:

Your current home is no longer a good fit. You may have stairs to navigat to enter your house and even more once inside to reach your bedroom or bathroom. Your home may be much larger than you need and you’re left paying the extra expense of cleaning and maintaining the space.

Upkeep on a home never ends. There is always a project. Whether it’s a roof repair, exterior repainting or appliance replacement, it’s never finished. If you live where it snows, there’s shoveling. If you have a yard, it must be mowed. Even if you’re not doing the work yourself, you have to find the right handyman and pay for the services.

The neighborhood has changed. The friends you’ve made over the years have often moved away. Now you may be surrounded by busy families with young children. Although you enjoy the sounds of laughter and play, you’re in a different phase of life. Your neighborhood also may not offer public transportation or walkable pathways.

You no longer feel secure and independent. Whether it’s increased worry about home security or what you’ll do if you fall, growing older can bring its own anxieties. And if your adult children insist on helping, you may begin to feel as if you’re a burden and wish you could just enjoy the time together instead.

Cooking is no longer as enjoyable. Are you struggling with planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning up all the meals? You’ve spent many hours in the kitchen and maybe it’s time for a break. You also may feel that you’ve let good nutrition slip a little bit and may not be eating as healthfully as you once did.

Driving in traffic is stressful. Many people find that as they grow older, driving becomes less enjoyable and more of a concern. However, if driving less means you’ll be cut off from activities you enjoy, you may hesitate to hang up the keys. If you don’t enjoy navigating the roadways anymore, do you have alternatives?

Feeling socially isolated. If you don’t live near family or friends or it’s a challenge to get to events or gatherings you once enjoyed, it’s easy to become socially isolated. Not only can this lead to a lonely life, it can also have a serious impact on your health. Ask yourself if you’re becoming less active and staying at home more?

What Assisted Living can offer

There are too many benefits to list them all here, but we’ve chosen 5 popular reasons that people appreciate when they choose an Assisted Living community as their new home.

1. Assistance with daily activities of living

Imagine how nice it could be if there was someone who could help with the tasks you’re finding more challenging. If you’ve been concerned about bathing alone or are having trouble dressing or managing your medications, you’ll find what you need at Assisted Living.

2. Maintain your independence without the hassle of maintaining a home

You don’t have to sign on for years of home repair just to be independent. That’s the great advantage of Assisted Living. You will still live in your own home and make your own decisions. And the trade-off? Someone else will take care of all of the upkeep and you’ll have more time to spend as you please.

3. Enjoy both your privacy and social activities on your timetable

Most of us want our privacy and our home represents the one place we can escape to when needed. You’ll have exactly that at an Assisted Living community. Plus, you can walk out your front door and find all the activities and social opportunities just waiting for you when you’re ready.

4. Delicious and nutritious chef-prepared meals

Would you like to hang up the apron? Or not have to decide what’s for dinner and then make a trip to the store to buy the ingredients? You’ll find a delicious alternative at the right Assisted Living community. There’s no institutional dining there. But what you will discover are menus that may make it hard to choose.

5. Share your life with new friends

Even if you have family that visits you now or you enjoy the activity of neighbors and children on your street, we still need companionship and interaction with those who are our peers. Far from boredom, a full social calendar to choose from is waiting for you at Assisted Living. And making friends is practically guaranteed.

Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Assisted Living community

At Westminster, we offer the services and activities that are tailored to meet the needs of our residents. To name just a few, you’ll find assistance as needed, delicious chef-prepared meals, top-of-the-line amenities and scheduled transportation.

We’re here to lend a helping hand whenever it’s needed. You’ll love your private, spacious living suite with its own bathroom and large walk-in shower. And the programs available will keep you engaged and embracing your life.

Call (703)794-4631 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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