A quick glimpse into life with assisted living
If someone you care about is considering an assisted living community in the Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia area, or preparing to move into one, you may be unsure of what you can expect once you move there.
Daily living and other essential needs
Each resident or couple generally has their own studio or one bedroom apartment that they will call home. They have the keys to their residence and are free to come and go as they please, although most communities encourage residents to check in so that they can be monitored for safety.
Upon deciding on a community and preparing to move in, individuals are assessed to determine what services are necessary to maintain the lifestyle and level of care the individual is seeking. These services can range from very basic such as housekeeping and laundry to more in-depth services including medication monitoring, bathing, dressing, and even grooming. As an individual or couple’s situation changes, the services provided can also be altered to meet their new needs.
Other lifestyle services to look for
In addition to the apartment, residents will find facilities for eating which are generally set up in a style similar to a restaurant. There they will find several choices for each meal.
Additionally, communities may offer other common areas such as a café, a library, and an activities room. In this way, the community fosters social interaction and helps the residents maintain an active lifestyle with seniors who share their interests.