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Assisted Living: What Is It?

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As your loved ones age, it becomes increasingly important to ensure their comfort and safety. In many cases, this involves making the decision to transition them into an assisted living community. What is assisted living and what services are included?

Calder Woods offers assisted living for seniors in Beaumont, Texas. Our life care community provides the perfect balance of independence, security, and personalized care. We strive to meet the individual needs of each resident through activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, and medication management. Help your loved one get started in our senior assisted living community today by calling 409.407.7636.

What Is an Assisted Living Program?

Assisted living is a form of senior care that provides a combination of housing, personal care services, and health care designed to respond to individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) in a way that promotes maximum independence.

Residents in these communities typically have their own apartments or rooms and share common areas. They have access to many services, including dining options, social activities, and transportation. Most importantly, they receive assistance with ADLs such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and mobility.

Signs Your Loved One May Benefit from Assisted Living Services

Recognizing the signs that your loved one may need assisted living services is crucial. Here are some indicators:

  • Difficulty managing daily tasks – If your loved one struggles with basic daily activities like cooking, cleaning, bathing, or dressing, it might be time to consider assisted living.
  • Health concerns – Frequent falls, unexplained weight loss, or worsening chronic conditions can all be signs that your loved one needs additional support.
  • Isolation – Seniors living alone often become isolated, which can lead to depression and a decline in overall health.
  • Forgetfulness – If your loved one is forgetting to take medications, missing appointments, or showing signs of confusion, it could be an indicator of cognitive decline.

The next step is to find an assisted living community that fits into your loved one’s lifestyle.

What to Look for in Assisted Living Communities

When evaluating assisted living communities, consider the following factors:

  • Quality of staff – Look for communities that have well-trained, compassionate staff who are available 24/7.
  • Resident satisfaction – Speak with current residents and their families about their experiences.
  • Safety measures – Ensure the community has safety measures in place, like emergency call systems in each room.
  • Activities and amenities – A good community will offer a variety of activities and amenities to enrich the lives of its residents.

Finding a community that offers life care services can take the pressure off of making future housing decisions. If your loved one’s needs change, the community will be able to increase their level of care without having to make a big move.

Considering a Life Care Community

Life care communities, also known as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), offer a spectrum of care, from independent living to memory care in one community. This means that as your loved one’s needs change, the level of care can be adjusted accordingly without having to move them to a different community.

Choosing a life care community can provide peace of mind, knowing that your loved one can age in place, with their needs being met at every stage.

Transitioning a loved one into assisted living is a significant decision that requires careful thought and consideration. By understanding what assisted living is and what to look for in a community, you can ensure that your loved one will receive the care and support they need to live comfortably and safely.

Call Calder Woods to Help Your Loved One Start Assisted Living

At Calder Woods in Beaumont, Texas, we provide a full spectrum of senior living services for your loved one. We strive to create an environment that encourages independence while providing the personalized care they need. Our activities include fitness classes, educational programs, and social gatherings—all tailored to meet the needs of our residents.

We’re committed to providing the highest quality care. Call 409.407.7636 or contact us online to get started now.