Benefits & Advantages of Assisted Living

Posted by Enlivant Support Center on April 4, 2023

With so many options in senior living, it can be hard to understand the benefits of each type of care. At Enlivant, the benefits of assisted living include the combination of compassionate care that helps seniors with activities of daily living, paired with a lifestyle full of social activities, wellness programs, and community outings designed to help seniors thrive. 

Many aspects of seniors’ lives are impacted by the move to senior living, so take a look through some of the key benefits.

Social Benefits of Assisted Living

An exciting social life. One of the greatest benefits of assisted living for your elderly loved ones is social interaction. It’s not uncommon for seniors to become isolated as they get older. Isolation in seniors can lead to a host of problems, like depression, poor health, poor mobility, and more. In assisted living, residents become part of a loving, supportive community surrounded by people their own age. Residents engage in activities designed to foster social connection – from arts & crafts to social hours. Enjoying the company of peers is one of the most natural and compelling benefits of senior living.

Easy access to transportation and outings. Many seniors lose the ability or desire to drive, so transportation and social activities can become a challenge. Many assisted living communities offer transportation, so seniors can go on coordinated group outings, or even just to visit the store or doctor’s office.

Physical Benefits of Assisted Living

Increased physical activity. Among the advantages of assisted living are the different activities that we have to maintain the physical health of the elderly and reduce stress. As we age, remaining active can help seniors keep their blood sugar in check, increase circulation, and even improve their heart rate. In assisted living facilities, residents are offered a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities, including gardening, yoga, chair exercise classes and more. 

Better nutrition. When it comes to mealtime, great food and nutrition is so important for seniors, but a welcoming dining experience is critical too. At most assisted living facilities, 3 full meals a day are prepared for all residents. At Enlivant communities, our residents help design our chef driven and prepared menus, so each community has a unique menu that represents the residents’ tastes – and meets all their dietary needs.

Assistance with daily living activities. Assisted living provides assistance with 'activities of daily living’ – things like bathing, dressing and eating – but balance is key when it comes to the level of assistance each senior receives. It’s important that seniors retain independence and control over their lives and schedules while still having access to the care that they need. Striking that balance is one of key benefits of assisted living. 

Reduced stress. Assisted living reduces stress and can dramatically improve quality of life for seniors. Seniors enjoy a more social and independent lifestyle surrounded by peers, while still getting the round-the-clock care and support they need. 

Family Benefits of Assisted Living

Peace of mind. Another benefit of assisted living for the family will be that they have the assurance their loved one is in a safe space and in a comfortable environment. Senior living situations can be stressful for any family, whether or not the senior lives with them full-time. When a senior moves into assisted living, family members can rest assured that their loved one is safe in a supportive environment, eating well, socializing, and receiving the care they need.

Assisted living offers so many benefits to seniors and families, and we're here to help you learn more and find the right fit for you or your loved one.

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