As we age, it can become more difficult to complete the activities of daily living, perform daily chores, drive, and maintain a home. A decline in cognitive or physical abilities can even make it dangerous for seniors to continue living alone with no assistance.
An in-home caregiver can help ease the burden of daily chores and provide necessary transportation. However, there are other aspects of aging in place that a single caregiver may not be able to address. A lack of community, social engagement, recreational activities, and nutritious meals can contribute to seniors’ overall mortality and lower quality of life.
Joining a senior living community can be the solution to many of the issues that aging alone in a private home presents.
Are you an Arkansas senior considering a change in your living arrangements? Assisted living offers plenty of benefits.
Brookfield Senior Living and Memory Care in Arkansas offers three locations, offering licensed Level I and Level II assisted living options. We also offer memory care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia.
Here are the biggest benefits of assisted living communities.
Daily Assistance and Support
Level II assisted living facilities in Arkansas are equipped to offer a range of services to residents.
These services typically include the following:
- Three balanced meals per day
- Assistance with ADLs like bathing, dressing and personal care
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- 24-hour monitoring and security
- Some medical assistance, such as medication administration
- Social and recreational activities
- Transportation services
The biggest difference between living at home alone and joining an assisted living community is resident support. When you move to an assisted living community, you will complete an initial evaluation of your care needs. This allows the facility team to cater your care plan to your unique situation.
For residents who don’t need medical monitoring or daily support, it’s still important to have laundry, housekeeping, meals and transportation services. In assisted living facilities, seniors are free from the taxing and often overwhelming burden of maintaining a home.
Built-in services empower seniors to focus on living well and enjoying life.
For seniors, social interaction is highly important to mental and physical health. Unfortunately, many seniors have lost loved ones or moved away from family members, leaving them mostly alone in their day-to-day lives. Others lack the resources necessary to regularly socialize, like transportation.
Social isolation has been linked to a number of health problems, including dementia and strokes. Seniors who live alone are more likely to experience cognitive decline, depression and mood problems.
Assisted living communities are just that: communities. Residents have regular opportunities to engage with one another through community events, clubs, outings and mealtimes. In addition to official community events and outings, assisted living facilities encourage social interaction through the layout of the community. Common areas and recreation areas throughout the facility encourage seniors to engage in social interaction throughout the day.
Independent Living At Its Best
Many seniors fear losing their independence when they move to a senior community. Unlike a nursing home, however, assisted living communities emphasize seniors’ independence.
Residents in assisted living facilities have their own private apartments they can decorate and furnish with their own belongings. Seniors in assisted living facilities are encouraged to have their own social lives and to take part in hobbies and activities that interest them.
Arkansas Assisted Living at Brookfield Senior Living
Brookfield Senior Living offers three separate communities in Bella Vista, Hot Springs and Fort Smith.
Our Hot Springs community is a Level II assisted living facility with a specialized memory care unit. Our Bella Vista and Fort Smith locations are Level I assisted living facilities.
All of our facilities offer compassionate staff, welcoming common areas and amenities that make life enjoyable. We’re proud to offer daily and weekly activities, excursions and special events to enrich the lives of our residents.
If you’re ready to explore Level I or Level II assisted living in Arkansas, contact Brookfield Senior Living today.