Senior Living – Choosing an Assisted Living Community

One of the most difficult decisions a person can make is where to live out their golden years. Sometimes this decision is made by two spouses, a widow or widower, or the children of parents who can no longer take care of themselves. Assisted living is not the same as traditional nursing homes. Many seniors are able to live independently with help for some tasks in assisted living communities. Senior Living communities should provide a way to preserve dignity as well as provide quality care and services for you or your loved ones. The following will provide you with the elements to look for when choosing an assisted living community.

Home-Like Environment

Since assisted living communities are often made up of apartments, these dwellings should provide the comforts of home if not a few extras. Every apartment should have utilities included in the monthly rent, window dressings, heat and air conditioning they can control, fire and smoke detectors, large closets and ample storage, a kitchenette, television, telephone, Internet, and other conveniences and safety precautions.

Activities and Social Events

Your loved one should not feel like they have to stay in their apartment all the time. They should be encouraged to be active and social in an assisted living community. Exercise, yoga, walks, church services, board games, social gatherings, movies, and other fun and interesting things should be part of their daily routine.

Dining and Menu

You should be able to enjoy a pleasant dining experience in a community. The menu should be something all residents have access to and there should be options in case of dietary restrictions. Restaurant-style dining can be a fun experience for your loved ones.


Other things to look for in an assisted Senior Living community include living services and other amenities. Besides a full-service restaurant, they should enjoy bi-weekly housekeeping, planned events and outings, registered nurse on staff, free transportation, emergency call system, and individualized care services to help with bathing, medications, and other things they cannot do well by themselves.

It is not difficult to find out if a community is ideal for you, your spouse, or your other loved one. Request a tour of the community and observe for yourself the overall atmosphere and contentment of the residents. Orchard Crest Retirement Community offers all these services and activities for you or your loved ones.

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