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What Kind of Assistance Does Assisted Living Provide?

Senior woman smiling at her caregiver

If you’ve been looking into senior living options, you may have encountered a common misconception that a move to assisted living will curtail your freedom. In fact, often the opposite is true. In assisted living, seniors who need a little extra help with day-to-day activities can get the support they need to enjoy an active  lifestyle with as much independence as possible.  If you’re curious about assisted living, an introduction to its many merits can give you the information you’re looking for.  

What Is Assisted Living?

In a typical assisted living community, residents live in private apartments and freely choose how they’ll enjoy each day. An enriching array of on-campus activities and social events ensure there are plenty of ways to be active, make friends and have fun. If that sounds a lot like independent living, it is — with an added bonus: the additional support residents need to be as active and independent as possible. A variety of amenities and services provide that extra support, including:

  • 24/7 staff to help with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and grooming
  • Three meals a day
  • Scheduled transportation
  • An emergency call system in each resident’s apartment
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Medication reminders
  • Access to health services

Although the specifics may vary among assisted living communities, the fundamental goal remains constant: to give residents the helping hand they need to continue fully enjoying an active and engaged lifestyle.

When Does Moving to Assisted Living Make Sense?

Most older adults choose to move to assisted living when they find routine activities — getting dressed, bathing, managing their medications, cleaning house, cooking meals, driving — are becoming difficult. As day-to-day tasks become more challenging, life can become more contracted. You might find that you

  • withdraw socially
  • feel moody or irritable
  • are bored
  • experience changes in weight
  • worry about your safety at home
  • are unhappy with your level of personal hygiene

If these circumstances arise, it may be time to explore assisted living options in your area.

Assisted Living  at Monticello West

Although we know the decision to move to assisted living can be a difficult one, we find that once residents have settled in here at Monticello West, they’re relieved — and delighted — by their new lifestyle. That’s because with the right amount of support, there’s so much to enjoy about life.

To ensure residents’ needs are met, we offer two levels of support. Assisted living includes amenities and services such as:

  • Private apartments, including studio, efficiency, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments
  • Medication management
  • Three meals a day, with a choice of entrée
  • Weekly housekeeping and personal laundry services
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Wellness programs that support whole-person health
  • Social, cultural and recreational activities, including daily devotionals, art classes, bingo, and shopping trips to local stores
  • 24/7 certified nursing staff
  • Personal assistance with bathing and dressing
  • 24/7 emergency alert system

Enhanced assisted living is for residents who need a higher level of care, such as support for incontinence, diabetic management, or other complex medical conditions.

Make Yourself at Home at Monticello West

With our dedicated staff and homey community, it’s no wonder we’ve been selected as a 2022 Best of Senior Living award winner from A Place for Mom, Inc. and a 2022 Caring Star award-winning senior living community. To find out more about our community in Dallas, Texas, contact us. We’d love to show you around.