Making decisions for your future or the future of your loved one can be a challenge. Knowing you can no longer handle the tasks associated with daily living on your own is a difficult pill to swallow. While family and friends may be available to help you out, it’s important for you to take your future into your own hands.
By knowing your options and knowing what to expect when it comes to assisted living, you can make the best choice for your future and ensure you are living the highest quality of life in your retirement years.
If you are just starting your search for assisted living communities, you may not know what it is or what living in one really means. It’s important to know, an assisted living community is NOT a nursing home.
Simply put, assisted living is designed for seniors who want to maintain their independence but need help with certain tasks associated with daily living. These needs can include:
• Daily meals and proper nutrition assistance
• Dressing and bathing
• Medication management
• Personal mobility
• Housekeeping and maintenance
One of the biggest benefits of assisted living is not having to rely on loved ones for continuous help and support. They get to go back to being sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends instead of caregivers.
The majority of assisted living communities offer a variety of services and amenities for residents that allow them to maintain their freedom and pursue their interests. Some of the services and amenities available that you should look for include:
• Fine dining and casual options
• 24-hour security
• Trash removal
• Local transportation
• Convenience store
• Hair salon
• Pool and exercise room
• Community gardens
In order to maintain optimal health and wellness, it’s important for you to find an assisted living community that allows you to consider pursuing your interests and hobbies in a safe and welcoming environment. Quality retirement living communities will cultivate an atmosphere that promotes social, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing for its residents.
Another important aspect that you should look for in an assisted living community is one that allows you to age in place. Life plan communities offer varying degrees of support for residents as health needs change. By having access to higher levels of care, you can continue to live in comfortable and familiar surroundings while getting the higher level of support you may need.
This can include:
• Short-term skilled nursing
• Long-term skilled nursing
• Alzheimer’s and dementia care
So, while you may not need these services now, it’s always important to plan for the future!
Belle Meade and Pine Knoll are life plan communities in the Sandhills of North Carolina, near the villages of Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Whispering Pines. As a life plan community, we are equipped to help our residents live out their retirement years no matter what needs may arise in the future.
Contact us today at St. Joseph of the Pines to schedule a tour of our campuses and to discuss your options for assisted living at one of our two beautiful locations in North Carolina.