What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a half-way house between independent life and moving to a nursing home. It’s perfect for senior citizens that can no longer fully care for themselves, but that fall short of needing round-the-clock help.

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Photo by University of the Fraser Valley

But assisted living isn’t just for the elderly. People who suffer from developmental disabilities or mental problems can also be catered for in this environment. Again, assisted living is about providing help only where help is needed, leaving residents with the dignity of some independence.

Assisted living homes provide security, social interaction, and help with a variety of aspects of life. Meals are provided, and staff are on hand to help residents with regular requirements such as taking medications or spur-of-the-moment needs such as getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It doesn’t matter what it is; the staff are there to help — dressing, washing, running errands, and even just getting around the house.

Many services are provided as standard in assisted-living facilities. Residents never need to think about buying groceries, doing the laundry, securing their home, general housekeeping, or getting access to exercise programs or medical services.

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