Many families have a tough time trying to determine the best course of action when parents or grandparents are no longer able to live independently. It is a difficult realization for all involved that the degradation of cognitive or physical abilities may be creating a living situation that is unsafe for aging relatives. While many seniors wish to maintain an independent living situation for as long as possible, it can lead to conditions that are dangerous for the senior, and unnerving for the family members that love them. Worries about the ability to contact emergency responders should assistance be needed is a common fear for family members that simply want security, health, and safety for their loved ones. What can complicate an already complex process is that many times aging parents or grandparents have very different needs. One partner may need advanced assisted living services while the other is perfectly suited for a more independent living solution. This is why it is critical to look into retirement communities that offer independent living and assisted living on the same campus.

Understanding Assisted Living

Assisted Living as it is offered by our retirement community in San Jose, gives seniors a long list of services that can be taken advantage of gradually as needed. This approach allows residents to maintain their independence while having access to assistance as deemed appropriate by themselves, their family members, or as recommended by our assisted living staff. These assisted living services can help eliminate household chores like cooking, cleaning, and transportation. By removing these chores, our residents can spend more time taking advantage of our social calendar that encourages participation in activities that help to stimulate and connect residents. Studies have also shown the various benefits of engaging with nature; this is why many of our assisted living communities have gardens, walking paths, outdoor fountains, and courtyards where nature can be enjoyed.

Another fallacy One fear about becoming a resident of an assisted living community is that it is the beginning of future losses of independence,which could not be further from the truth. At our San Jose retirement community, we are focused on helping our residents to stay active and independent as long as possible. We offer assisted living residents full access to our fitness center, walking paths, and a variety of other activities that are focused on increasing mobility, physical strength, and dexterity. The goal of our assisted living program is to increase our resident’s ability to enjoy their independence as much as possible and for as long as possible. On-site activity directors and staff also diligently work to create a full calendar of social activities and events designed to engage and stimulate residents mentally. This stimulation is often achieved via connection and conversation with new residents or through games that are both competitive and mentally engaging.

We hope that you have found this post about assisted living informative and useful. We have seen many seniors and their families wait years beyond the point that assisted living would have been beneficial simply because they did not truly understand the term “assisted living.” If you have any questions about retirement communities, assisted living, independent living, or just want to chat about yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact us anytime.