The decision of whether or not to move into an assisted living community can be a difficult one. Any move is a big deal, and trying to decide if this is the right time to enter a community like those under the Bethesda Senior Living Communities umbrella is not a decision to be made lightly. There are obviously more than a few things for you to consider when making your decision. Here are a few reasons why the move might just be the right thing for you.
One of the biggest things people notice when they join our communities is the perks of living in an assisted living facility. You no longer have to worry about doing any housekeeping or laundry; the staff handles that. You’ll be amazed at how much stress that takes off of you and how much more free time you have to enjoy doing the things you always wanted to do. And that's just one of the many perks!
You can also let someone else cook for you. You don’t have to worry about meal prep, cooking and doing the dishes afterward. Plus, the foodservice staff can make made-from-scratch sweet treats and there are a variety of meal plans and dining options. Also, if your doctor wants you to eat a specific way or avoid certain foods, assisted living staff can help you handle that too.
Whether you have family who come to visit regularly or not, there are more opportunities for you to interact with people in one of our communities. There are activities to do, common areas you can go to and meet fellow residents and just more possibilities for human connection. Isolation has been proven to have negative effects on physical and mental health, and in our Bethesda Senior Living Communities, you never have to worry about that. Our activities planners schedule plenty of goings-on for you to enjoy, and there are often multiples to choose from. Or, if you prefer, you can just hang out with friends in one of the leisure spaces.
If something breaks in your house, you have to fix it yourself or hire someone to fix it for you. If the pipes burst, the dishwasher breaks or the foundation needs repairing, you’re the one on the hook for that. And that’s not even mentioning the yardwork. In our communities, all the upkeep and maintenance is taken care of for you. It’s one less thing for you to have to worry about, and it will cost you none of your free time to deal with it. You simply do not have to worry about issues like that if you live in an assisted living community.
One of the biggest perks of living in an assisted living community is that there are people there to assist with medical needs. The staff can help with your medication management, making it much easier to manage your prescriptions. For some people, this one is reason enough. Also, if you have questions about your medications or any other general health related questions, there are qualified staff present and ready to provide you with answers.
This one can be overlooked by many, but there’s a very real possibility that moving to an assisted living community can save you money. You won’t be spending it on the stuff we’ve previously mentioned like maintenance and upkeep on your home, and you won’t have to spend it on laundry and cooking needs either. Most people considering taking the plunge to move to one of our communities are living on a fixed budget, so being able to eliminate even minor costs like these can really go a long way.
The best part about living in an assisted living community is just that: It’s a community. There are plenty of people to surround yourself with in addition to the staff who care about your well-being. You won’t be alone and there’s less worry of something happening like a fall or even criminal activity. If you live alone with no neighbors close by, these can be real concerns. Becoming a resident at one of our communities alleviates that risk. That can bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
The main thing to keep in mind about assisted living communities is that they exist to help you improve the quality of your life. Many of the things that have been mentioned in this list are things that can really weigh on someone that doesn’t have help.
Deciding whether or not to make the move to assisted living is a very personal decision. Ultimately, only you can know if it’s the right choice for you. Hopefully, these things have given you some points to consider to help you make an informed decision. If you do decide to take that step, we’d love to have you at one of our Bethesda Senior Living Communities.