Many aging parents resist the move into assisted living, fearing a loss of independence and quality of life. However, the reality is quite different! Assisted living communities are much more advanced, attractive, and beneficial than many people imagine. Unfortunately, these fears can hold seniors back from living their best lives in their Golden Years.
Here are four reasons why a move into an assisted living community makes seniors happier and healthier, from our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ:
- Tasty Meals Prepared by Executive Chefs – The in-house dining options offered by assisted living communities eliminate all the hassle of grocery shopping, meal preparation and cleaning up. Throughout the day you can get fresh, tasty meals and snacks served in the dining room or bistro– and invite friends and family for the feast!
- Transportation and Housekeeping Services – Keeping track of appointments, taking care of chores, dealing with maintenance contractors, and driving can quickly become stressful for older adults. Seniors are also especially vulnerable to home maintenance scams. No longer having a driver’s license can mean losing a considerable amount of independence.
Assisted living means all that is taken care of for you – there’s no need to worry or stick to schedules. Transportation is available to and from appointments, malls, museums, restaurants, and other venues. Onsite trained professionals take care of all maintenance and housekeeping.
- Physical Safety – Many seniors living at home (and their families) worry about them becoming victims of crime, taking a nasty fall at home or falling sick with an illness. This is a very real and very stressful concern, with seniors recovering more slowly and being more vulnerable to complications as a result of hospitalization.
These concerns are taken care of in assisted living. The apartment homes are designed with fall prevention in mind. The associates are able to identify any health concerns and book appointments with doctors for early treatment. The community itself offers a secure environment.
- A Lively Social Life – Living at home can easily become isolating for seniors, which severely impacts health and happiness. Assisted living communities understand the importance of a healthy social life, and ensure that programs and activities cater to diverse interests and abilities. From planned outings, wellness and physical activities to monthly clubs on everything from books and gardening to dancing and movies, there are plenty of ways to meet people and have fun.
A Warm and Welcoming Assisted Living Community in Gloucester County
Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high-quality, scalable assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported, and beautiful environment. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care, respite and memory care, and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.
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