A community should provide everything you need to live your best life. As we get older, what we need from our communities’ changes along with us. For some people, that means joining a community that can help maintain their physical and mental fitness though independent living activities or benefiting from some form of assistance of daily living through assisted or memory care services. The benefits of having all three levels of service of care can vastly improve a persons’ quality of life, so if you or someone you know could benefit from just such a community, don’t settle for less. Instead, opt to choose a community with all three levels of support.
What is Independent Living?
Many seniors are unaware that independent living may be a good option. There is no reason to delay moving into a senior community if you feel you do not need any care. Independent living preserves a senior’s independence while placing them in a community of like-minded people and offers the perfect balance of independence, comfort, and fun. This option facilitates socialization and encourages participation. Our independent residents at Yuma Senior Living can join organized activities or establish clubs. For example, our community offers choir, volunteer opportunities and engaging arts and craft classes.
What is Assisted Living?
If you’re unfamiliar with the field, assisted living provides a community for seniors to maintain their independence while still receiving the care they need to handle the activities that go along with daily life. Life in an assisted living community can look very different to each individual person, depending on what their needs are. Prescription management, housekeeping, laundry, dressing, grooming, and meal assistance are provided to residents who need them, but that’s not all.
There are plenty of programs and activities to give residents the venue to maintain an active social life. All these services come together to create an environment that keeps residents happy, healthy, and whole people. It’s important to have a community like Yuma Senior Living that will look after a person’s physical needs as well as their mental ones.
In addition to physical health, isolation and loneliness can become serious problems for some in the senior population, even eventually leading to diagnosable mental health problems. Assisted living communities have staff and resources on hand to ensure day-to-day help is available as well as to provide an environment where residents can meet and exceed a person’s mental and emotional needs.
Benefits of Memory Care
Assisted Living and Memory Care are often seen together but not always. In regular assisted living, all aspects of life in the community are left up to the resident. A person can have as much or as little structure to their day as they like, going from meal to activity to home at their own pace.
Memory care is intended for residents dealing with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. A looser schedule can prove more difficult to manage for a person with memory trouble, leaving them adrift throughout the day. In memory care, the staff is available to help structure the day a bit more, keeping residents moving from one thing to the next. The activities provided are also designed to help improve cognitive function, giving residents the opportunity to stretch the cerebral legs and stay in the best shape possible. For someone struggling with memory loss, memory care can strike the perfect balance of structure and independence.
Making It All Work Together
At any given time, most residents require independent, assisted, or just memory care services, not all at the same time. So why choose a community that offers all three? While not every senior will experience the same health challenges as they age, living in a community like Yuma Senior Living allows for that resident to age in place and get the personalized support that they deserve. Living in a community that offers all levels of service mean residents never have to leave home to get the care they need.
There are many living options for older adults here at Yuma Senior Living that you may want to be a part of. If you are interested in learning more about our community, we encourage you to schedule an in-person visit with us. Simply give us a call at (928) 388-6858, and our Community Ambassador will schedule an onsite tour at your convenience.