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What Is Assisted Living?

Maintaining independence is one of the most important considerations for Americans as we age. Many seniors even say that losing their independence during their later years is one of their greatest fears. However, one in five U.S. seniors over the age of 85 needs or currently receives help with aspects of their life, including the activities of daily living. So, how do seniors remain as independent as possible, but still receive the help they need to be active, healthy and safe?

Assisted living care is an excellent option that offers the necessary support for residents but allows residents to enjoy a high level of independence. 

What is Assisted Living?

What is assisted living? And who is assisted living for? Assisted living care is often provided for seniors who do not have serious illnesses or physical limitations that affect their quality of life. Assisted living care does offer a level of care, but it allows residents to maintain their independence. Residents have the time to enjoy their hobbies, stay active and fill their social calendars without worrying about things like cooking, cleaning and yard work. Assisted living care focuses on supporting residents to maintain a high degree of autonomy in a safe environment.

So, what is an assisted living community? Assisted living care is provided in different environments, depending on the community. Assisted living residents may choose to live in a condo complex or an apartment, and many communities offer various floor plans. Couples may live together in assisted living, and some communities allow pets. Assisted living care promotes a home-like environment, and many residents prefer to bring in their own furniture and decorate their new space to fit their style. Additional benefits of assisted living include:

  • Personalized care plans
  • Safety and security
  • Social engagement and activities
  • Access to health care facilities
  • Assistance with transportation
  • Comfortable environment
  • More free time
  • Fun activities and programs

How do you know when it is time for assisted living care? Here are some signs that a senior may be ready for the additional support of an assisted living community:

  • Needing reminders to take medication or attend appointments
  • Lacks daily socialization
  • Noticeable weight gain or loss
  • Signs of neglect around the house
  • Increased risk of falls
  • No longer performing tasks such as cooking or grooming

What Does Assisted Living Provide?

When considering assisted living care, you might wonder, what does assisted living provide? When seniors move into an assisted living community, they will receive an individualized care and service plan to ensure they receive the support they need. In addition to their own private living quarters, most assisted living communities provide their residents with:

  • Daily meals
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Assistance with personal care and medications
  • Safety supervision
  • Support with the activities of daily living
  • Transportation services

Some assisted living communities, like Bridle Brook Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, go above and beyond for their residents. At Bridle Brook, assisted living care includes:

  • Maintenance staff on duty
  • Three delicious restaurant-style meals plus snacks, served daily
  • 24-hour LPN/RN nursing care
  • On-site therapy services
  • Alzheimer’s & dementia care
  • Scheduled courtesy transportation
  • Beauty salon and barber
  • Social, educational and recreational activity programs
  • Large theatre room
  • Beautifully manicured grounds
  • Landscaped courtyard
  • Exercise room
  • Ice cream shop
  • Large, elegant dining room with private dining available
  • All utilities paid (excluding telephone)
  • Emergency response pendants

About Bridle Brook Assisted Living & Memory Care Community

Bridle Brook Assisted Living and Memory Care Community offers memory care, assisted living and respite care services. Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals who are entirely focused on the unique needs of each resident and helping each resident to create a life they enjoy in our community. At Bridle Brook, assisted living residents have the final say in the direction of their daily living support – and we’ll do whatever we can to help you achieve your quality of life goals. Located in Mahomet, Ill., Bridle Brook is committed to providing a safe, supportive, engaging experience for each resident and their family.

Interested in learning more about life at Bridle Brook? Contact us today to ask questions, share your concerns or set up a tour!