5 Ways Assisted Living Improves Quality of Life

January 4, 2024
November 14, 2023

When considering assisted living, many assume it’s just for older adults who can no longer care for themselves. That’s why ‘assisted’ is in the name, right? But that’s not the whole story. In fact, assisted living has helped many of our residents become even more independent. Here’s how, along with some of the other ways assisted living improves quality of life.

The facts on assisted living

There are different types of senior living, from independent living to memory care. You could consider assisted living as a level of care that’s somewhere between the two. While it does offer assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and medication management, as well as a skilled team of nurses, therapists, and personal care staff on site, this is provided as needed. As such, communities like ours strive to provide just the right amount of support to meet your specific needs while empowering your independence. That’s why if you or your loved one needs a little help here and there, assisted living is an ideal setting to do just that without diminishing your ability to live an active, social, and engaging life.

How assisted living improves quality of life

The term ‘quality of life’ is often used, but what does it really mean? Quality of life is actually defined as the degree to which a person is healthy, comfortable, and able to participate in or enjoy life events. To that end, it’s about overall well-being, which is why the decision to move to assisted living is not always due to health concerns. Often, it’s also about no longer wanting all the responsibilities of home ownership or wanting more opportunities to stay active and social than may be possible at home. As such, assisted living can improve quality of life in the following ways:

  1. Fostering independence – Our community features specialized care programs that provide residents with as much or as little support as they need to thrive. This balance promotes independence and can even help you or your loved one feel more independent, not having to call family, friends, and neighbors for help any longer.  
  1. Reducing stress – Residents in our community enjoy full maintenance, housekeeping, linen service, and restaurant-style dining, so they not only have less stress but also more time to pursue the interests that truly make them happy and fulfilled. This can dramatically improve quality of life!
  1. Making life easier – Amenities are a big draw in assisted living. Here, they include both private and semi-private apartment-style suites in a range of floor plans, with beautiful common spaces, ample outdoor space with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a fitness center, a full-service salon and barbershop, a library, and scheduled transportation. We even offer concierge services! Most everything you need is right outside your door, plus we’re just minutes from Roanoke Valley’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment.
  1. Creating connection – Our residents never have to worry about being bored or lonely, as another way we improve quality of life in assisted living is by creating opportunities for connection. We offer monthly calendars filled with social events, exercise programs, classes, clubs, live music and entertainment, opportunities for creative expression, game nights, group outings, religious services, volunteer opportunities, and more! What’s more, you or your loved one can enjoy it all with friends, neighbors, and loving care staff who are always nearby.
  1. Empowering peace of mind – Comfort and feeling safe and secure play huge roles in a person’s quality of life. That’s why we offer access to 24/7 support, a homelike environment, community design that minimizes steps and fall hazards, plus emergency response systems and other safety features as standard. We also provide home care services that help keep you independent for as long as possible and award-winning rehabilitation services. Multiple levels of care on our campus offer even more peace of mind.
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A Guide to Assisted Living

A Guide to Assisted Living


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