As an older adult, you’re probably noticing changes in your energy levels and physical capabilities. These changes are normal and a natural part of aging. You may even find that daily responsibilities and chores become increasingly difficult to perform. Many people in this situation begin thinking about the benefits assisted living could provide them. From reducing daily stressors to improving quality of life, here are some ways assisted living can make your life easier every day.
Taking Care of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
Assisted living enables a person to live independently while still belonging to a community. Instrumental activities of daily living are those that assisted living communities can handle. These activities are not essential for basic functioning, but they help reduce stress and improve quality of life. IADLS include:
- Meal preparation
- Housekeeping and home chores
- Meal preparation
- Medication management
- Shopping for necessities such as groceries
- Money management
- Telephone or computer use
- Moving or changing residences
These are all instrumental activities of daily living that an assisted living community can handle.
As an older adult, it’s probably harder to get out on your own and engage in social activities with others. However, living in an assisted living community is much easier to develop friendships with other like-minded residents. Friendship can work wonders for mental and emotional health, and it may even help boost physical health as well!
Cooking for yourself is a challenge when you’re an older adult. As you age, your body requires even more nutrients to thrive. At an assisted living facility, residents receive three balanced meals every day. Meals that provide optimal nutrition to support older minds and bodies.
Opportunities for Movement and Learning
There are always new opportunities to stay active and keep the mind sharp in an Elder Care Alliance assisted living community. Fitness activities are designed to meet participants’ fitness levels and increase muscle strength and mobility. Classes and events are also available to stimulate the mind and provide entertainment.
Intellectual stimulation is essential for older adults. Without it, the mind could decline more rapidly. With it, mental faculties tend to remain sharper. Therefore, lifelong learning should be an important goal for every older adult.
Sometimes hygiene gets a little neglected among older adults because it is no longer easy to bathe and get ready for the day. Getting into and out of the shower or bathtub is also a slipping hazard that may cause you to worry. Assisted living can make these tasks easier and safer while promoting cleanliness and good personal hygiene.
For many older adults, managing finances can be stressful. Assisted living offers financial management services to help ensure prompt payment of bills and oversight to avoid financial scams.
These are just a few of the top ways living in an Elder Care Alliance assisted living community can make your life easier every day. For more information about the services offered to our assisted living residents, contact Elder Care Alliance.