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5 Things Caregivers Should Know About Assisted Living Services

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5 Things Caregivers Should Know About Assisted Living Services

October 29th, 2021

​​Many people think assisted living communities are the same as nursing homes, but that’s not true. Today’s senior living communities are not like those of decades past. Moving to assisted living actually can enable more freedom and peace of mind, as well as affordability, for both seniors and their family members. Join us as we explore the benefits of assisted living so you can make an informed decision about your senior living options.



Assisted Living Includes More than Healthcare

While people generally move to assisted living communities to have on-site senior care available where they live, there are many other benefits that can help older adults stay active and healthy for longer. Typical on-site services and amenities include:

  • Housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Fitness center
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor spaces to relax
  • Chapel with worship services
  • Local transportation
  • Medication reminders
  • Meal preparation

The benefit of having all this located right outside your door is not only convenience, but greater opportunity for socializing with friends and neighbors. What may seem like a move simply for medical care at first can actually improve your emotional well-being as well as your physical health.



Unlike Nursing Home Care, Services Are Personal

If you’re considering moving to assisted living, an important first step is to talk with a potential community about what services are important to you and what you’re looking for in your new home. Assistance is not a one-size-fits-all approach within assisted living communities; help is only provided when you want it. While the “assisted” generally refers to activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, eating or getting around), assistance is personalized to your needs and schedule. 


Just as you would in your own house, you continue to see visitors as you wish, decide when and where you would like to go, and make your own schedule. Knowing you have a helping hand when you need it simply makes life more enjoyable along the way!



Assisted Living May Be More Affordable than You Think

According to seniorliving.org, the average cost for assisted living vs. a nursing home is significantly cheaper. That makes sense once you know what the differences are, because nursing homes offer skilled nursing care, a higher level of care that can be needed up to 24 hours a day. Unlike someone in an assisted living community, who typically needs assistance with the activities of daily living, a nursing home provides ongoing care services for someone with chronic illness, injury or debilitation.


While Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover the cost of assisted living, long-term care insurance can help offset the costs, as well as veterans benefits. Of course, the cost depends on many factors, including where the community is located and what size residence you choose. But the cost of healthcare is tax-deductible (though you should always check with your financial advisor to know for sure what limits, if any, may exist on your deductions).



Assisted Living Can Improve Your Quality of Life

There is more to assisted living than providing personal care, when needed. While you may assume that assisted living is like a nursing home, set within a hospital-like environment, assisted living homes are actually designed to promote independence to help older adults enjoy their retirement as much as possible. While every community is different, and offerings vary by location, most offer private accommodations with kitchens, so you can still cook if you choose, and decorate with your own belongings. Residents enjoy on-site dining, activities and holiday celebrations. Many assisted living communities also allow pets.


With assisted living at Garden Plaza of Florissant, we also include housekeeping; offer transportation services to wherever you may need to go; and keep a dynamic activity schedule with wellness activities, live music, local outings and more. Another benefit of assisted living is that many communities also include access to higher levels of care, if needed. At Garden Plaza of Florissant, along with independent living options, you have access to assisted living, skilled nursing care and even memory care, for older adults with Alzheimer’s

disease or other forms of memory loss.



Not All Assisted Living Communities are the Same


Of course, all care communities are on their best behavior when a family visits, so how can you tell what it’s really like to live there? Ask about the qualifications of staff members, and visit multiple times so you can see how the community functions at different times. Enjoy a meal with other residents, or try out one of the on-site services for a better sense of what it’s really like to be a member of the community — the staff should welcome you to do so. If not, that’s a warning sign that maybe people aren’t happy to be living or working there. Consider the following items from the AARP checklist of what to look for in senior living communities that offer assisted living services:

  • Cleanliness (not only potential living spaces but in common areas)
  • Finishes designed for seniors, like handrails, call buttons and well-lit areas
  • Security throughout, from emergency response systems to locks on doors and windows
  • Simple navigation through the community, so areas are easy to find


Explore Assisted Living at Garden Plaza of Florissant

The only way to know for sure whether moving to an assisted living community is right for you is to see what it’s like for yourself! To explore the levels of care, social activities and more available at Garden Plaza of Florissant, contact us today. We’d love to treat you to a dip from our own ice cream parlor!