Let’s face it: life changes as we get older. Our health needs increase, our mobility decreases and it becomes more and more of a worry when living alone. However, at the same time, we don’t want to give up our independence or become reliant on anyone. What’s a senior to do? And what’s a family member to do? The answer, says Helena Dias, Senior Advisor of Waterstone at Wellesley, may be assisted living.
“Today’s assisted living communities are worlds apart from the nursing homes of the past,” she says. “Back in the day, most seniors resisted moving to a “home” because it meant giving up their independence and living in a sterile facility where they received cookie-cutter care. These days, communities like Waterstone at Wellesley focus instead on providing a worry-free, maintenance-free, opportunity rich lifestyle. Residents live in their own private apartments but receive all the benefits of an all-inclusive lifestyle. Plus, they receive the care they need when they need it so they can spend their time doing the things they love and want.”
Helena says that besides providing a happy and healthy lifestyle right now, assisted living offers peace of mind for the future in so many ways. “Family members especially can breathe a sigh of relief when their loved one moves into an assisted living community,” she says. “It can become dangerous for seniors to live on their own, and so adult children often need to step in and become part-time caretakers in order for their parents to live safely. At an assisted living community, everything is designed to meet the specific needs of older adults so they can live as independently as possible, and help is always available. It really is the best of both worlds for all parties.”
Here are five ways that assisted living provides peace of mind for seniors and their family members.
As we already mentioned, safety is a top concern for many adult children and their aging parents. Many seniors would like to live in their family homes for as long as possible. However, most “family homes” are not set up to meet the needs of older adults and have all sorts of hazards like staircases, slippery floors, bathrooms that require good mobility and kitchens with stoves that can be left on. Many adult children have laid awake at night worrying about what happens if their parent falls and can’t get to a phone, or if someone breaks in or a multitude of other worries.
Assisted living communities, by contrast, provide complete security for whole person safety. This means that not only are the entrances secured, but it also means that a helping hand is merely seconds away if there’s an emergency or a fall. Emergency call systems are available in every private home and throughout the community, making it easy to ring for help. Finally, the private homes themselves are designed for older adults with wide hallways, grab bars and no stairs – making them easy to navigate safely and securely.
2. Meals and nutrition.
Getting to the store and preparing a healthy, delicious meal can be a big chore for seniors. Plus, appetites diminish as we get older, our taste buds start to fade and eating alone just isn’t very fun. Many older adults living on their own end up eating microwave meals or other quick, unhealthy options – or don’t eat at all – rather than preparing a nutritionally balanced meal. And let’s not even get into the risk of eating spoiled or expired food because getting to the store is so difficult.
One of the big benefits of assisted living communities is that they provide three full meals a day, plus snacks, for their residents. The culinary staff understands and have been trained in the nutritional needs of older adults, and they provide varied, innovative and fresh menus on a regular basis. But perhaps the biggest plus for seniors is that they’re always able to eat in the company of others. Waterstone at Wellesley has restaurant-style dining that allows for optimum socialization with friends and neighbors. When people have company for meals, they eat better – plus, it’s just more fun.
Many adult children worry about their parents driving as they get older and their capabilities start to fade. At an assisted living community, there’s no need for your parents to even have a car (although they can have it there if they want). Waterstone at Wellesley provides scheduled transportation for residents, both for group outings and for individual needs like doctor’s appointments and errands. No more do seniors have to drive in snow, inclement weather or at night. Instead, all they have to do is be chauffeured in style from Point A to Point B. That’s quite a perk, especially in the cold Massachusetts winters.
4. Maintenance- and chore-free living.
Owning a home is the American Dream, but it also means home repairs, snow removal, landscaping … all sorts of little and big chores that seniors may not be able to or simply don’t want to deal with. Assisted living communities, by contrast, are completely maintenance- and chore-free. We take care of everything at Waterstone at Wellesley, from home repairs to housekeeping to laundry. If something isn’t working properly, all a resident has to do is call the front desk and it will be taken care of right away. Adult children can relax, knowing that their parents aren’t being taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors. And seniors can relax, knowing that they don’t have to lift a finger to even change a lightbulb ever again.
5. A social and enjoyable lifestyle.
Loneliness is a real problem for seniors, who have a dwindling social circle due to friends moving or passing away, or the sheer difficulty of getting out of the house. Being among people and peers is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why seniors choose to move to an assisted living community like Waterstone at Wellesley. There’s always something going on, and it’s always something fun, from exercise and art classes to learning opportunities to simply sitting and chatting with new friends in a common area. Residents at Waterstone find themselves surrounded by peers who are in the same stage of life and who are looking for the same active, independent retirement lifestyle. Studies have shown that seniors who remain social have fewer health issues and better cognitive functions than their less-social counterparts, so being social isn’t just fun … it helps seniors stay healthy.
For more information about our distinctive and worry-free lifestyle, please contact us at 781.591.7113.
Beautiful Riverfront Community
Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.
Celebrating Dynamic Living
Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.
Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.
Confidence of Care
The hallmark of Waterstone assisted living is the peace of mind we provide both our residents and their families. Knowing that care and support is available right on site instills a sense of confidence and calm one can’t find living alone.
For prospective residents or their families interested in residing at Waterstone at Wellesley, please contact us at 781.591.7113.