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What Is Assisted Living?

For many seniors and their loved ones, considering options for the future can be intimidating. There are many options for senior care, and it is often difficult to know when a change needs to happen. A family that is concerned about the health and safety of an older adult who lives alone may be ready to begin the conversation about senior living communities. Here are a few signs that the time is right to talk about a change in living environment:

  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Recent falls
  • Forgetting to take medication
  • Increasing isolation 
  • Struggling to manage daily activities, such as housework and cooking

Whatever the circumstances, making the decision to leave a family home can be difficult. However, by taking time to explore the options and by being honest about personal needs and concerns, a choice can be made that ensures the years ahead will be fulfilling and happy.

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, there are more than 900,000 seniors in the U.S. who are residents of assisted living communities. When considering a move to assisted living, it helps to understand what is assisted living for seniors and what is included in common assisted living services.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities are residential housing options for older adults who require some help with the activities of daily living but who do not need 24-hour medical care or a high level of supervision. In general, assisted living is a good fit for older adults who need more personal care services than health services. Assisted living communities also provide safety and security with access to care on-site. However, assisted living teams encourage residents to be independent and to maintain personal freedom.

For housing, assisted living communities offer a wide variety of choices, depending on the organization. Some communities offer private homes, while others offer apartment living options. Some assisted living communities allow pets, and most communities offer a choice of private rooms or living with a spouse or roommate. Most assisted living communities have a group dining area, common areas for socializing and space for recreational and educational activities.

Assisted living care is often referred to by other terms and common names, such as:

  • Residential care
  • Board and care
  • Congregate care
  • Adult care home
  • Adult group home
  • Alternative care facility
  • Sheltered housing
  • Extra-care housing

Assisted Living Services

Before choosing any senior care facility or assisted living community, it is important to consider what specific support needs a person requires and where it is offered. While levels of support and amenities vary at different communities, there are some commonalities across most assisted living facilities. So, what are the most common assisted living services?

  • On-site meal service
  • Assistance with the activities of daily living 
  • Emergency call systems in each living space
  • Exercise and wellness programs
  • Housekeeping services
  • Medication management 
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation
  • Access to medical care
  • Social and recreational activities

Many assisted living communities, like Bright Oaks of Aurora, develop their facilities and their culture to support both the independence and the care requirements of each resident. Senior care services at Bright Oaks include:

  • 24-hour certified nursing assistants (CNAs)
  • 24-hour emergency response system
  • 24-hour on-site staff
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Barber/salon services
  • Bar/bistro area
  • Complete interior and exterior maintenance
  • Complimentary movies and reading materials
  • Relaxing whirlpool spa
  • Pet-friendly environment
  • Daily bed-making and trash removal service
  • Cable and Wi-Fi are included
  • Housekeeping and linen services
  • Restaurant-style dining with nutritious, delicious meals prepared daily
  • Social, activity, wellness and daily fitness programs
  • In-house physical, speech and occupational therapy provided by EmpowerMe Wellness

About Bright Oaks

Bright Oaks, located in Aurora, Ill., is dedicated to providing the highest-quality care to seniors. Our levels of care include assisted living, memory care and respite stay. Our personalized services focus on each resident’s emotional, physical and intellectual well-being, and our care is delivered with compassion and respect. Our inspiring amenities and daily activity programs keep our residents moving and engaged in favorite pastimes and new hobbies.

Interested in learning more about Bright Oaks? Contact us today to schedule a tour and consultation or to learn more about our community!