Perhaps very different than you’re thinking…
Many people mistakenly think of Assisted Living as a nursing home, a skilled nursing facility, or a hospice care facility. In reality, Assisted Living is very different and is designed to allow seniors to maintain their independence for longer than would be possible if living at home without some minor assistance.
In fact, many seniors are choosing to proactively move to an Assisted Living community even while they are still 100% independent and do not yet need any special assistance. They are happy to start enjoying the convenient lifestyle they deserve – no worries or hassles of preparing meals, cleaning dishes, or doing housework and laundry. Over time, as additional assistance becomes needed, these seniors who have responsibly planned ahead have basic and extended Assisted Living services readily at their fingertips. This foresight allows seniors to maximize their independence for longer and minimize the burden on their families and loved-ones.
For those who are already in need of assistance, Assisted Living communities provide non-medical aid with activities of daily living, which may include bathing, grooming and dressing, transportation, medication reminders, housekeeping, laundry, fitness and exercise, and meal preparation….as well as any other needed assistance.
The following is a list of situations that may indicate Assisted Living would be right for you or your loved ones:
- Have there been any falls or accidents at home?
- Have there been incidents with appliances, such as an oven or stove, or forgetting to turn them off?
- In the unfortunate event of a house fire, would you or your loved ones be able to properly contact emergency personnel and vacate the premises safely?
- Is it becoming difficult to manage medications in the correct doses and on the correct schedule?
- Are you or your loved ones becoming malnourished due to not being able to prepare adequate and healthy meals?
- Are normal daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, and basic mobility becoming difficult or labored?
- Is the amount of assistance required becoming a burden on family members or other caretakers? Is this burden causing health risks to those providing care, or is it causing them to underperform on their other responsibilities?
In short, Assisted Living is an ideal housing solution for those who are independent or those who need a helping hand on a specific set of needs. With that goal in mind, Willow Creek’s philosophy is to offer you or your loved one respectful privacy while also providing services that preserve personal dignity and that bring a lifestyle of safety and convenience.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or exhibits other dementia-related behaviors, please click here to visit our webpage dedicated to Memory Care services. You may also be interested to learn about our Senior Day Care or Senior Respite Care services.
In any case, please contact us today, so we may answer any other questions you have and help you find the fit that is right for you.