You’ve probably heard of the term “assisted living” before. For some, the first thing that comes to mind are the thoughts of restrictive and drab rooms, where individuals spent all day reminiscing on their past. If you also think that way, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Contrary to some beliefs, assisted living does not take away your sense of independence or ability to control your life. In fact, assisted living is all about improving your quality of life through dedicated programs, amenities, and staff. In this article, we cover the ins and outs of assisted living, so you can decide whether it’s the right choice for you.
So, what is an assisted living community?
An assisted living community is a center run by trained staff and medical professionals, who assist you in certain areas of life that you need help with, but wherein you largely retain your autonomy to decide what you’d like to do in your day. The community may have special facilities for you, like swimming pools or salons, and it may run activities programs that you can take part in.
Well assisted living sounds great, but why do some people choose them over condominiums for instance?
Well, the choice to stay in assisted living is a largely personal one and depends largely on one’s own individual context and lifestyle. That said, some general reasons are:
- Assisted living gives peace of mind to them and their families. Because assisted living facilities are staffed by trained medical professionals, help is practically seconds away in the cause of unexpected emergencies. Not only that, but most of the facilities are catered to the community in ways that you may not find elsewhere.
- Assisted living handles many boring or tedious aspects of daily living, like chores. For instance, at Discovery Village At Deerwood, we provide housekeeping services that help you handle menial chores like laundry or doing the dishes, so that you have that much more time to do the things you love. Something special we do is that we also provide complimentary transportation from our community to your destination. You’ll never feel cooped in again, as accessible transport is available into town every day.
- Assisted living gives you access to amenities and services. Other than housekeeping or concierge services, assisted living gives you access to all the programs and amenities run by the community. If you’ve ever felt like starting a gym membership, then join a community with a gym (and hopefully some great classes!). Because most of these facilities are located within the community, you won’t have to travel far to access them either.
Ultimately, the best way to decide whether assisted living is for you is to try it out yourself. And no, you don’t need to splurge on several months’ worth of rent. If you’re considering assisted living in Jacksonville, FL, at Discovery Village At Deerwood, we offer complimentary tours of our facilities inclusive of a complimentary meal at our dining room. Find out firsthand if we’re the right fit for you, by contacting us here!