What Kind of Assistance Does Assisted Living Provide?
Senior living isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for aging successfully. Individual needs and preferences call for different levels of living. If you’re an older adult who needs extra help in your day-to-day activities, for example, assisted living could be perfect for you. But what is assisted living? And how do you know if it’s the right fit for you? Here are some answers to these common questions about assisted living and the benefits it provides.
What Is Assisted Living?
Many people mistakenly imagine that assisted living communities have an institutional atmosphere in which residents have very little autonomy. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Most assisted living communities strive to create a homelike setting where residents get the extra support they need to live as independently as possible.
Although amenities and services differ among communities, most have similar core features that include:
- Private residences
- 24/7 staff providing assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, personal care and medication management
- Emergency call systems in private and common areas
- Scheduled transportation
- Housekeeping and personal laundry services
- Social events and recreational activities
- Access to health and medical services
- Three meals a day, often served in a communal dining area
Is Assisted Living Right for Me?
A move to assisted living can be life-altering — in a good way! The helping hand you receive in an assisted living community can ensure the difficulties that commonly arise with aging aren’t slowing you down. Here are some signs that assisted living might provide just the help you need to really enjoy life:
- You’re no longer comfortable driving
- Household chores are difficult
- Dressing or other daily self-care routines are challenging
- You feel isolated or lonely
- You worry about your safety living alone
- You’re less steady on your feet and are concerned about falling
- Preparing meals is taxing so your nutrition is suffering
- You have difficulty rising from a chair or bed
Assisted Living at Autumn Leaves
A day in the life at an assisted living community will be as individual as you are. Here at Autumn Leaves, you can enjoy the privacy of your own studio or one-bedroom apartment, complete with a patio or balcony. And caring staff members provide day-to-day support. Your needs determine the amount of help you receive. We provide two levels of care:
Level I Care includes:
- Medication management
- Assistance with bathing
- Minimal assistance with dressing
- Meal reminders
Level II Care includes assistance with:
- Medication management
- Bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Transferring from a reclining or seated position
- Getting to and from meals
In addition to personalized care and a private apartment, other amenities and services offered at Autumn Leaves make it easy for you to enjoy a happily engaged lifestyle. These include:
- A calendar full of optional fun activities and social events, from group exercise classes to art club to Happy Hour
- Scheduled transportation to medical appointments
- 24-hour nursing assistance
- A competent and compassionate care team
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- An emergency call system in each residence
- On-campus hair salon (additional fees apply)
- Three daily meals in our dining room
At Home at Autumn Leaves
Perhaps most important, the amenities, services and staff members at Autumn Leaves in Dallas, Texas, will help you feel at home. We create a cozy sense of community where residents feel cared for as if by family. And if your care needs change, you have access to additional on-site services such as rehabilitation and skilled nursing, so you don’t have to leave the community you’ve come to love. Contact us to find out more about assisted living at Autumn Leaves or to schedule a visit.