The later years of life can be full of potential, and families of older adults can help them take advantage of all the possibilities once their desired lifestyle and possible care solutions have been defined.
Needing a helping hand with daily tasks can also be part of the plan. Often though, if loved ones are relying more on family and friends for assistance, feelings of lost independence may also surface.
Support Choices to Consider
Depending on the level of support needed, there are several options available. A loved one’s spouse or partner in relatively good health may provide the help needed in their home. Or a strong support system of children, friends and neighbors can fill in. Others may work with a homecare agency for services.
There is one alternative that can help create an enriched life while supporting self-reliance – an assisted living community.
The advantage of an assisted living community is that not only will your loved one discover the necessary support but also engaging activities, opportunities to create friendships and much more, all while making it possible to maintain independence.
What Is Assisted Living? A Definition of a Great Life
Assisted living offers many features needed to achieve a high-quality life. Take a moment to learn how we define assisted living:
1. An accessible and move-in ready residence
Many homes in the U.S. were not built with aging in mind. Often, the current residence will require renovation to provide accessibility.
An assisted living residence is senior-friendly from the day you move in. Walk-in showers, grab bars, wide doorways and halls, and no stairs are just some of the accesibility features. Plus there are ample opportunities to personalize to make it home.
2. Independence with a helping hand
It’s not uncommon to need help as we grow older but increasing reliance on family and friends can create feelings of lost independence.
Assisted living staff provide compassionate support – allowing residents and their family and friends to spend quality time together and not just helping complete tasks.
3. Activities and social gatherings
Staying active contributes greatly to physical and mental health. Avoiding social isolation and loneliness can boost the quality of life.
You’ll discover a monthly calendar of activities and social events in assisted living communities that encourage time spent with the other residents.
4. Opportunities to create lasting friendships
Older adults may lose a family member or friend or be separated from those who move to be closer to children and grandchildren.
A great advantage of an assisted living community is how easy it is to meet and make lifelong friends.
5. Fitness and exercise support
Remaining physically and cognitively fit is key to a life well lived but finding a gym – or the motivation to work out – isn’t always easy.
On-site fitness classes in assisted living are waiting right outside your front door. Plus, exercising with friends makes it more fun.
6. Healthy and delicious dining
Older adults often find it challenging to plan for and prepare healthy meals. Unfortunately, they may instead substitute snacks or skip meals altogether.
Assisted living communities provide nutritious and delicious menu options so there is always something that appeals to the palate.
7. Scheduled transportation
If your loved one is no longer driving and relies on rides from others, it can become easier to stay at home instead.
Another impactful benefit of assisted living is the transportation offered to medical appointments, social events, shopping and activities.
8. Added safety and security features
Increased anxiety about safety and security is a common experience for many older adults, especially if they’re living at home alone.
Assisted living communities not only provide safety features in the community and residences but also the reassurance that someone is always there if help is needed.
9. Achieving a much-desired lifestyle
While assisted living offers many benefits, one of the best for loved ones may be living the lifestyle they truly desire.
With the support of the community, meaningful friendships and daily opportunities to remain engaged, residents live the quality of life they so richly deserve.
Retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois
Galloway Senior Living, locally owned and operated, provides luxury and quality care for families in our community.
Assisted Living at Galloway Senior Living offers beautiful and contemporary private residences that range from alcove studios to two-bedrooms and include high-end stainless-steel appliances, maple hardwood cabinets, cultured marble countertops and thoughtfully curated décor and colors.
Our Memory Care community offers a family kitchen, dining room, walking garden, and lounge.
Our services include:
- 24-hour certified nursing assistants, on-staff licensed nurses, medication management, and on-site physician visits
- COVID-19 safety protocols
- Assistance with daily tasks
- Readily available safe transportation
- A fall-reduction program
- In-unit emergency response systems including an electronic monitoring system for exit doors
- On-site entertainment and activities personalized to reflect the residents’ preferences
- Housekeeping and linen services including personal laundry
Amenities you’ll find at Galloway Senior Living include:
- Country Café and Convenience Store
- Salon and Spa
- Theater with 85” television
- Activity and Craft Center
- Game Room
- Library and Business Center
- Fitness Center
If you or your family is considering retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois, we hope you will visit our community at Galloway Senior Living. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.
We also invite you to download our complimentary information, Family Decision Toolkit: How to Choose the Right Senior Living Community.