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What Does a Typical Day in Assisted Living Look Like?

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If you’re considering moving to an assisted living facility, you’re probably wondering what it would be like to actually live in one. Or maybe you’re still trying to keep track of the difference between independent living and assisted living. If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

There are a lot of options when it comes to senior living, so it helps to remember what assisted living is all about anyway.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is designed to help seniors maintain their independence while also providing assistance with activities of daily living, socialization opportunities, and a stimulating environment that benefits their mind, body, and soul. Assisted living facilities don’t provide 24/7 nursing care, but personal care is customized to the resident's needs and wants. Most assisted living facilities try their best to provide a safe, nurturing, and engaging atmosphere for their residents.

Although assisted living facilities differ by state, here’s what you’ll find at most assisted living communities:
• Private or semi-private apartments
• Prepared meals
• Personal care services
• On-site or on-call nurse
• Housekeeping services
• Activities and events
• Transportation

Even though not every day looks the same because care is tailored to the individual using personalized service plans, most assisted living facility residents will begin their day the same way — with breakfast.

Click through the slideshow learn more about assisted living and what a typical day in assisted living could look like. But keep in mind that the amount and variety of activities depend on the size and focus of the assisted living community. Smaller facilities may offer less structured activities, while larger facilities may offer such a wide array of options that they require multiple schedules (one for physical, one for social, and another for interest-based activities).

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What Does a Typical Day in Assisted Living Look Like?

  1. 1. What Does a Typical Day in Assisted Living Look Like? If you’re considering moving to an assisted living facility, you’re probably wondering what it would be like to actually live in one. Even though there really isn’t a typical day, most assisted living facility residents will begin their day the same way — with breakfast.
  2. 2. 8:00am Breakfast You might be worried that assisted living strips seniors of their independence, but that’s a myth. Assisted living residents still have their own space, just without any of the hassles. In fact, living in an assisted living community is similar to having a private apartment, complete with private bathroom and kitchen. So for breakfast, some residents will choose to fry their own omelets; however, most residents prefer to walk to the dining room to start the day with friends — and a fresh, locally sourced, dietician-approved breakfast.
  3. 3. 9:30am Exercise Class Exercise classes offered at assisted living communities range from yoga, tai chi, TheraBand exercises, and sit-er-cise, and most communities ask for input from their residents on which activities they’d like offered. Staying physically active helps seniors improve their overall strength and boosts their mood because the same core group of residents often attend the same classes each day, which gives them a chance to connect with others who have the same interests as them and form friendships.
  4. 4. 10:30am Social Activity Depression and isolation have become increasingly common among today’s aging population, and they come with significant health risks, which is why assisted living communities provide an environment for seniors to thrive and gain their independence back by getting active and social once again. Activities range from book clubs and painting classes to card games and trivia challenges. For those residents who are not interested in any of the planned activities, there is time for quiet reflection and meditation, a haircut, or visitors. In addition, there are usually day rooms or lounges where residents gather to talk and exchange views.
  5. 5. 12:00pm Lunch What sounds good: BBQ ribs with cob corn, pasta salad, and green beans or a garden vegetable burger with steak fries? Or maybe today it’s grilled cheese with tomato soup or a Philly steak and cheese grinder with chips? Either way, quality assisted living facilities don’t serve frozen, processed cafeteria food. Instead, their menus feature unique specialties that reflect the tastes of the residents who live there.
  6. 6. 1:45pm Shopping Although communities offer on-campus entertainment, they also provide off-campus transportation to activities and attractions. One day, they might offer transportation to the Stop and Shop and CVS. The next day, it might be to a scheduled activity, such as a concert, a movie, or to the bowling alley. Some communities even offer day trips that usually include an entertaining or educational activity and a meal. If you don’t need to go to the grocery store, you can use this time to make friends, enjoy a cup of tea, or take an afternoon nap.
  7. 7. 4:00pm Happy Hour Social hours before dinner are always a popular part of the day. It can include special performances, speakers, workshops, sing-alongs, cocktails and conversations, and much more. Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are celebrated, and many assisted living communities offer a private dining room for special events, such as birthdays, Thanksgiving, or other celebrations.
  8. 8. 5:30pm Dinner Like breakfast and lunch, dinner can be enjoyed wherever and with whomever each resident prefers. In the dining room, options range from oven-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day or crab cakes with an edamame salad to grilled swordfish in a lemon butter dill sauce with fresh sautéed seasonal vegetables or a BLT sandwich with fresh fruit. And don’t worry — there’s always dessert. Does a Boston cream pie or strawberry shortcake strike your fancy?
  9. 9. 7:00pm Movie Night Things tend to start winding down after dinner, but there is usually a movie shown in the theater or Wii bowling in the community room. If you aren’t interested in Golden Girls or I Love Lucy, you can feel free to use the time as you please.
  10. 10. 8:00pm Personal Time By this time of day, most residents are ready to turn in or at least head to their own spaces for some downtime in the evenings. Many residents take the evening hours for personal care and grooming. And bedtime is whenever you turn off the lights.
  11. 11. Request a Tour The best way to experience a typical day at an assisted living community is to schedule a tour. You’ll tour residences and learn about the varied floor plans. You’ll be shown the exercise center, beauty salon, and any other amenities of interest. You can even share a nutritious meal in the dining room and be introduced to residents. Making the move to assisted living is a big step. If you want to see what the Arbors is all about, REQUEST A TOUR TODAY.
  12. 12. Who We Are Our customers take comfort in the fact that The Arbors is a locally owned family business. Our residents are proud to call The Arbors home with our exceptional staff and the kind of experience that comes only from a family owned and operated company who pays attention to the little details. ®The Arbors. All Rights Reserved.

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