5 key benefits of assisted living in a retirement community

Is assisted living for you? Many retirement communities offer assisted living lifestyles specially designed to support seniors who would benefit from a higher level of daily personalized care.

The goal of assisted living services in a seniors’ residence is to help you or a loved one maintain or improve quality of life, ensuring a comfortable, satisfying living experience while maximizing independence and peace of mind.

Some residences offer assisted living services in a dedicated “neighbourhood” or floor with their very own dining rooms and activity spaces.

Here are the top five benefits of an assisted living program:

Help with activities of your daily routine

Depending on health, some older adults find they need more help with taking and managing medications, getting dressed, maintaining personal hygiene and/or many of the activities of daily life that are so important for comfort and happiness.

Before moving to a Chartwell residence offering assisted living, you will partner with a Health & Wellness Manager or Director of Care to design a personalized care plan of support services that meet your unique needs and preferences. An example of some services you may choose to benefit from include an escort to meals and activities, help with your daily routine, and even rehabilitation and therapy programs. Memory care services are also typically available.

Flexibility to meet your changing needs

One of the biggest benefits of an assisted living lifestyle is the flexibility it offers. You can choose services and options as you need them: for example, a senior with a leg injury may need rehabilitation services for a few weeks. The residence staff can arrange that on an as-needed basis.

If a senior decides to move from an independent living lifestyle to a higher level of support, the great thing is that a physical move isn’t always necessary—the additional services may already be available depending on the residence you choose, providing peace of mind and fewer worries about future care.

Opportunities to socialize

Needing more help with medication or the activities of daily living doesn’t mean you need to lose out on socializing with friends and family—in fact, it’s even more important to connect with others to enjoy their company and still do the things you love to do.

Assisted living at a seniors’ community offers many opportunities to get together— from enjoying a meal in the dining room or participating in a leisure experience, to inviting your family and friends for a celebration in the private dining room.

Meals and activities are included

Assisted living includes varied and nutritious each day, as well as a full roster of experiences—such as entertainment, clubs and charitable opportunities—designed to reflect a wide range of interests and abilities.

Peace of mind, now and in the future

Choosing an assisted living lifestyle often takes a huge weight off the shoulders of seniors and their families. Knowing that caring, compassionate staff are available 24/7 to meet your specific needs and wants is an important boost to enjoying peace of mind, both now and in the future.

Are you interested in learning more about Chartwell’s assisted living program? For residents of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, we invite you to call 1-855-461-0685 to learn if the lifestyle can make your life—or that of a loved one—better.

In Alberta, assisted living is referred to as “Designated Supportive Living.” Eligibility requires an assessment by a Home Care Registered Nurse. For more information, please call HEALTHLink Alberta toll-free at 1-866-408-5465.