Assisted Living Benefits That Home Care Can’t Offer

Given the choice, most of us would prefer to stay in our own homes as long as possible – or even longer. If you have an older loved one who needs some support to stay well, receiving medical care or custodial support in the home may seem like the ideal choice. However, experts in the senior living field agree that seniors experience overall better quality of life, and that families have more peace of mind, when they move to an assisted living community.

While it can be comforting for a loved one to continue living in their familiar environment, Lifestyle Specialist, Diane Reier from Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights in Prospect Heights, IL, says that the perk of being at home cannot compare to the many benefits of moving to an assisted living community. “It may be possible to provide your loved one with quality care and support at home,” says Reier, “but some of the biggest benefits of a community come from the social and recreational opportunities that are offered to help residents remain active and engaged every day. These opportunities, along with the 24-hour supportive services and security, promote wellness in all aspects of life for our residents.

“An assisted living community can provide everything your loved one could need, and then some, at one predictable monthly cost. Additionally, your family will be able to experience some peace of mind, knowing your loved one is safe and well cared for in a place that treats them like a member of their own family.”

Benefits of Living in an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities provide an array of services and amenities that can benefit your loved one’s physical, mental and emotional health. You can find detailed descriptions of services online at www.alfa.org, the website of the Assisted Living Federation of America, now called Argentum. Among the benefits assisted living can offer that home care cannot, the most prominent include:

24-Hour Care

  • Assisted living communities provide your loved one with the professional care they need whenever they need it, as opposed to being dependent on a home care worker’s schedule.
  • Around-the-clock support allows your loved one the freedom to determine their own schedule and gives them the confidence to do as they please, knowing that if they do require help, someone will be near to offer assistance.
  • Families no longer have to worry about their loved ones during the hours their home care worker isn’t around.

Security

  • Unlike a loved one’s family home, assisted living communities are physically designed to benefit older adults and are well equipped with ramps, handrails and other safety features to promote activity and security.
  • Even when residents are alone in their private suites, emergency call systems ensure help is always nearby.

Easy Access to Care

  • Care professionals on site can help with daily living tasks, medication reminders and basic medical care.
  • Most communities offer scheduled transportation to doctor’s appointments.
  • Wellness programs are available on site to help your loved one meet health goals, and daily, prepared meals ensure your loved one receives the nutrients they need to stay well.
  • Assisted living communities are often connected with and located near healthcare centers and hospitals, so if advanced medical care is needed, your loved one has a dedicated team to make sure they get the help they require.

Socialization

  • Community living prevents social isolation, which can lead to depression and poor physical and cognitive health in seniors.
  • Assisted living communities offer a variety of activities and programs to help residents get involved in the community and engaged with others.
  • Residents experience better self-esteem and fulfillment when interacting with their peers socially.

Lower Total Cost

  • Despite the seemingly high monthly payments, assisted living is, on average, cheaper than a month of comparable home care, especially if your loved one requires medical care.
  • Costs are all-inclusive, whereas with home care, you must pay for different services from various sources (i.e., paying an hourly rate to a home care provider, paying daily for social involvement at an adult day center, etc.)

Experience a Fuller Lifestyle at Aspired Living®

If you think your loved one and your family would benefit from the security of care support and well-being that assisted living can provide, start researching communities near you. “At Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights,” says Reier, “residents who have come from home care situations find that the programming, social life and convenience of on-site amenities like our dining areas and fitness center truly add to their quality of life. Plus, they are surrounded by friends and neighbors who ensure that life is well-lived, every day!”

Contact Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights today to learn more about our services. We are now accepting reservations!

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Live Well. Age Well. Be Well.

Offering Independent, Assisted Living and A Knew Day Memory Support, Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights is a distinctive senior living community designed to offer seniors residing in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs area a fresh alternative to “typical” senior living communities.

Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights provides residents with the ideal balance of personalized support, dignified privacy and enhanced independence complemented by luxurious amenities and our life-enriching, award-winning VIVA!SM programming by Pathway to Living®.

Managed by Pathway to Living®, an innovator in senior living, Aspired Living® offers the choice of a private studio or a one- or two-bedroom apartment and the beauty of a brand new community, stunningly appointed and decorated for unsurpassed comfort and style by the award-winning senior living design firm, Thoma-Holec Design, Inc.

For more information, please call Diane at 847-243-6920.

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