Assisted living does not mean the end of independence or that residents have to give up activities they enjoyed in the past. In fact, it can be the opposite for many seniors who have been aging alone or living with family members who do not have the time to support their activities.
Assisted Living Facilities can actually offer a greater array of social opportunities to seniors. The benefits of activity and interaction are numerous and profound. The elimination of isolation is one of the greatest benefits of an Assisted Living Facility and increased socialization can lift the mood of a previously depressed loved one. Studies show that activities are a major social and emotional outlet for assisted living residents and contribute significantly to their physical and mental well-being.
Some questions to ask as you consider certain Assisted Living Facilities;
- What mental activities are scheduled? Quality activities directors know the important link between cognitive function and mental stimulation. Look for programs that include word games, digital learning tools, scavenger hunts, cooking classes, puzzles, and crafts. Memory stimulation is also a great way to engage seniors and recollection of past travel or experiences serves to jog the memory and promote feelings of happiness.
- Do you include activities that tie into the local community at large? Seniors volunteer. Volunteering gives them a chance to give back and be purposeful. A good program includes community service projects.
- Does the facility support a resident council who oversee new activities? Residents should have choices in their schedule and activities and a council plays a big role to make that happen.