Assisted living has numerous benefits for seniors who require a helping hand with daily tasks. In a senior living community, older adults have access to socialization opportunities, life-engaging activities, nutritious meals, wellness classes, and personalized care services to meet their needs.
Quality of life is frequently improved for seniors and their loved ones. Discover the benefits of assisted living in this Sonrisa Senior Living blog.
7 Ways Assisted Living Improves Quality of Life for Seniors
1. Proper Nutrition
Some older adults who live alone may find it challenging to stock up on healthy foods. Many seniors may also have limited transportation options to get to the grocery store, making it hard to prepare nutritious meals each day.
Assisted living communities generally provide three daily chef-prepared meals and can accommodate special diets. Snacks and drinks are frequently offered between meals and can be stored in resident apartments.
2. Social Connections
Living alone as a senior can make connecting with others difficult. Social isolation that leads to loneliness can increase an older adult’s risk for depression and cognitive decline.
Assisted living offers numerous opportunities for seniors to connect with their peers and engage in activities that interest them. Assisted living residents can be a source of support and encouragement for one another as they frequently experience similar life experiences and changes in health.
3. Mental Health
Socialization opportunities and engaging activities and outings offered by an assisted living community can improve mental health. A senior living in their own home may have limited access to classes and friends.
In a senior living community, residents are steps away from their peers and activities and amenities that can help improve mental health and encourage feelings of purpose and belonging.
4. Physical Health
Staying active regularly is important as we age. Finding a safe way to exercise in your own home can be challenging, especially if you are experiencing mobility issues.
Assisted living staff typically plan exercise classes and promote physical activity in a supervised, on-site setting. For example, a personal trainer may adapt a yoga class so residents are seated in chairs. The community may also offer water aerobics classes led by a certified instructor in their warm-water pool to ease muscle and joint pain and stiffness.
5. Increased Independence
Assisted living communities strive to meet the residents’ daily needs so each resident can focus on meeting friends, participating in activities that interest them, and enjoying life to the fullest. Residents are encouraged to engage in an active lifestyle.
This sense of independence can provide a boost to mental health. Older adults who move to assisted living may no longer feel like a burden to their loved ones since their care needs are being met.
6. Safety and Security
Assisted living communities can provide safety and security features that can be hard to create in a home. For example, assisted living focuses on ensuring a safe environment on one level, with wide hallways and doorways, motion-detected lighting, grab bars, automated doors, and walk-in showers with seats and handheld showerheads.
Staff are usually available at all hours and can be reached by a call button or voice-activated emergency system. Communities also have plans to handle weather-related events, fires, and contagious viruses safely.
7. Intellectual Stimulation
Intellectual stimulation is crucial in improving brain health, and regular mental stimulation can help decrease your risk of cognitive decline. Life enrichment staff in assisted living communities focus on providing educational opportunities, including guest speakers, book clubs, art classes, trivia, technology lessons, and more.
You’ll commonly find libraries and numerous lifelong learning activities in assisted living communities. Activity staff usually seek resident input and suggestions when planning activity schedules to ensure there’s something for everyone to explore.
Benefits of Assisted Living for Families
Assisted living can also improve the quality of life for families of seniors. Knowing your loved one is getting personalized care and enjoying fun activities, healthy meals, and new friendships can provide peace of mind and reduce stress.
If you previously cared for a senior loved one, you might experience additional freedom and more time to spend with your family and friends. You may also be able to restart hobbies or interests that were put on hold as a caregiver.
Life at Sonrisa Assisted Living
If you’re looking at options for senior living, we invite your family to visit Sonrisa Assisted Living, designed to support your loved ones to live their highest quality of life.
We offer studio and one-bedroom private apartments for our assisted living residents as well as private or shared memory care suites for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Our memory care residents are cared for by our compassionate and specially trained team — who meet them wherever they are in their journey with patience and kindness. The residents also have access to customized activities, programs, and an elevated secured courtyard.
Our amenities and services encourage our residents in assisted living to engage with others, remain as independent as possible, and be reassured that help is available whenever needed.
In addition to our personalized services, we offer:
- Assisted Living dining room, bistro and two sitting lounge/living room areas
- Memory Care living and dining room
- Elegantly designed common areas
- Fitness and wellness center with physical and occupational therapy room
- A commercial kitchen
- Barber and beauty salon in both assisted living and memory care areas
- 24-hour on-duty care staff
- Secured community
- Art room
- Multipurpose room
- Large state‐of‐the‐art theater
- A large secured Assisted Living and separate Memory Care courtyard with walking paths
- On‐grade parking for immediate use of visitors and staff
- Dog Park
If your family is considering retirement living, we hope you will visit Sonrisa Assisted Living. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a tour.
You may also download our complimentary brochure to get additional details about Sonrisa Assisted Living.