What Can You Expect in Assisted Living?

October 24, 2023
October 24, 2023

If you’re considering an assisted living community for a loved one, you’ve likely researched this type of senior living and have a basic understanding of what it can offer for your family. But that doesn’t necessarily tell you what your loved one’s day-to-day experience will be like and the benefits of life in an assisted living community. We think the best way to do that is to show you what to expect from assisted living in our community.

When is assisted living the best fit?

Before we discuss what to expect in assisted living, let’s take a step back and identify when this type of senior living is typically the best fit for an older adult. As you may know, assisted living offers housing and assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and medication management as needed. Assisted living communities also provide onsite medical care, wellness programs, and a lifestyle that is active, enriching, and fun.  

The goal in communities like ours is to provide just the right amount of support to empower the independence of our residents. As such, assisted living is ideal for older adults who might:

  • Have had a health scare  
  • Have a chronic condition that’s worsening
  • Be concerned about falling  
  • Have mobility challenges
  • Have nutritional concerns, including sudden weight loss or gain
  • Find that driving has become a challenge
  • Need assistance with personal care and/or medications
  • Want or need help with house cleaning, laundry, shopping, and other chores
  • Like to be more active and social and have more opportunities to find purpose  

What to expect from an assisted living community

While assisted living does offer residents as-needed support, don’t assume the environment is like a hospital. Not even close! In fact, our assisted living campus is located in Roanoke, Virginia, in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Plus, we’re just minutes away from Roanoke Valley’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment. Here, needing a little help now and then won’t diminish your loved one’s ability to live a full and active life!  

Our residents enjoy services and amenities that include:

  • A range of floor plans, including studio, one and two-bedroom apartment suites  
  • 24-hour staffing and onsite health specialists  
  • Onsite registered nursing team and regular health assessments
  • Specialized care program and support with daily activities
  • Medication management program
  • Concierge services
  • Restaurant-style dining  
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Fitness center and exercise programs
  • Library
  • Full-service beauty salon and barbershop
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Full maintenance

What to expect from the assisted living community lifestyle

We believe it’s the lifestyle in assisted living that benefits our residents most. Life is so much easier without the burdens of home maintenance, cleaning, cooking, and transportation. Not to mention, your loved one will never have to worry about being bored or lonely here!  

We offer residents a monthly calendar 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 makes it even better is that these activities are right outside our residents’ doors, so your loved one can enjoy them all with friends, neighbors, and loving team members who are always nearby.

Moreover, our community is designed with lovely common areas to host family and friends, outdoor spaces, and walking paths to help residents stay active or just get together and relax in nature.  

Perhaps just as important is the comfort your loved one will have living in a safe, secure environment specifically designed for older adults with features like emergency response systems, grab bars, wheelchair ramps, and an easy-to-navigate setting that minimizes steps and fall hazards.  

Many families are surprised to realize that the lifestyle in assisted living benefits them, too! How? You’ll have added peace of mind knowing your loved one is living their best life, plus more free time away from caregiving to experience it with them.

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367 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24012


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