Staying at home versus moving to assisted living

Staying at home versus moving to assisted living

Seniors may feel hesitant about making the move to an assisted living community. Some people think the transition will come with a decrease in independence and quality of life.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Assisted living helps older adults lead healthier, happier lives thanks to quality care and services.

Alone at home

Living alone can increase a person’s risk of feeling isolated or lonely. These feelings in turn lead to an increased risk of developing depression according to the American Psychological Association.

“The risk of loneliness and isolation go up during winter, too. People are afraid to leave home with icy sidewalks and cold weather. Here, they don’t need to worry about that, and we can take care of them,” says Kathy Manning, Good Samaritan Society nursing and clinical services manager.

Another issue at home is safety. Living alone, you may have to wait for help. At the Good Samaritan Society, our team is ready to act fast in the case of a fall or medical emergency. Residents all have a pendant to use to call for help when they need it.

Finally, staying home can sometimes make good meals hard to come by.

“They may not eat right. It’s really hard to get motivated to cook for one and then eat by yourself,” Kathy says.

Life in assisted living

One of the ways the Society takes care of residents is through quality nutrition. Residents get three healthy meals a day that they can enjoy with friends.

Assisted living takes care of the basics, from laundry to housekeeping to medication management. Our team also makes sure residents take care of themselves.

“Sometimes, it’s just making sure they’re taking a bath the way they need to,” Kathy says.

Residents moving to assisted living can choose a one or two-bedroom apartment and make it feel like home. Neighbors and staff are always nearby.

Our team is trained to consistently interact with residents. And there are a variety of social, wellness and spiritual activities planned every week.

Moving during a pandemic

Quality is everything to us and that hasn’t wavered during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re going the extra mile to keep our residents safe.

“Our team is extremely well-trained in how to keep not only themselves safe but residents and their families too,” Kathy says.

Compare staying at home versus moving to assisted living during COVID-19

When you’re ready to move, it’s safe and easy to make it happen. The Society is scheduling move-in times in advance and a few family members can help you get settled.

“We’re screening those family members for COVID-19 just to make sure they’re safe as well,” Kathy says.

Now is a great time to join one of the Good Samaritan Society’s communities.

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