What are your plans for retirement? Experts say that the best time to begin planning for retirement options is long before they are needed. For many people assisting living facilities are the perfect environment for the transition you may some day need to make.
Assisting living facilities operate under the philosophy that care and service can be provided in an atmosphere that still promotes independence and dignity. For example, assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living. They also coordinate services with outside health care providers, as well as monitor resident activities to help to ensure health, safety, and well-being.
One way that assisted living environments promote independence is by providing a variety of options for each unit. For this reason, many assisted living facilities offer kitchens in each apartment, but also meals served in a restaurant atmosphere in a communal dining area. Assisted living residences are aimed at helping residents remain as self-sufficient as possible, but also provide the assurance of assistance when it is needed.
Another way assisted living environments promote independence is by offering the latest trends. To avoid looking like nursing homes of the past, many communities designed for residents fifty years and older offer a more ?contemporary? design and feature modern furnishings, and promote an extensive use of technology. Many senior facilities, for instance, offer a social wellness calendar filled with Zumba, yoga, pottery, guest lectures, concerts, computer classes, social mixers and more. In some facilities Wi-fi and extra storage space are also available. In pet friendly environments, pet-care facilities such as dog parks and groomers are also available. The most modern facilities offer social activities that attempt to match the same activities that are increasingly being offered outside of the senior living facilities.
Some assisting living facilities are part of a system that also includes more extensive care. In some nursing homes in Decatur IL, for example, they also have an assisted living center located on the same property. Continuing care retirement communities are popular because they allow residents to become familiar with a location and the staff, and not have to move a great distance when he or she needs more care.
Studies show that approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 each day. This trend will continue until the year 2030, so as a nation we need to continue to prepare for this population’s needs. Improving and increasing the assisted living facilities will help America be ready to care for an aging population.