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Assisted Living: an advantage

Everyone needs a little extra help in some areas of their life no matter how old or young you may be. Resources are a friend – not a hindrance and can greatly increase life quality, emotional stability and overall happiness. If you are fortunate enough to be part of a Life Plan Community such as the Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, you’ll have lifelong access to supportive care services that give you an edge when it comes to remaining independent, staying in your own community surrounded by your friends, and receiving just the right amount of care based on your specific needs. You’ve worked hard your whole life, and now it’s time to allow others to serve you! Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that come with assisted living care.

Independence. Seniors often fear losing independence, even when living in a retirement community with resources like supportive care services. Assisted living actually does just the opposite – this type of care allows seniors to live independently as long as possible while receiving the care they need. No need to rely on family or friends for your needs. Seniors desire dignity and need to feel respect. Assisted living can create a perfect balance and continue to give you the quality of life you deserve. You can also tap into other services such as Memory Care or nursing support should you find yourself or a family member requiring specialized care.

Community

Friends and neighbors are a huge part of many seniors’ lives. But no need to worry about leaving them behind when transferring into assisted care at your Life Care Plan Community – you will remain in your beloved community you call home! And if you have a spouse or friend who requires these services, you can rest assured that they won’t have to relocate outside of the community. They’ll always remain close by!

Food. This one is important. Everyone needs good nutrition and cooking can become cumbersome or downright inconvenient when you still have so many other things you want to enjoy in life. Having delicious, nutritious meals cooked and provided for you or your loved one every day is important for overall health. Assisted living services can help meet this need and even provide the opportunity to eat together with others during mealtime so you can continue enjoying social interaction. Your community will likely offer events and holiday celebrations with special menus to keep things fun and interesting. If you or your loved one is on a special diet, make sure to speak with your community’s nutrition specialist to ensure you receive the proper meal items. Some communities can provide a wide range of diets to meet different needs. So don’t hesitate to speak up!

A local setting. If your family lives around Rio Rancho or the Albuquerque area, it makes sense to choose a Life Plan Community that keeps you close to those you love most. You’ll be able to remain connected to the area that is well known to you. Perhaps you attend a local church, prefer a certain hairdresser or have friends outside your community you’d like to stay connected with. These are all considerations when choosing a retirement or assisted care community to call home. While your new senior community may provide you with options for weekly church or prayer services, a hairdresser or other amenities, you may still have ties to your town. Choosing to stay local may be the perfect fit for you and give you or your loved one the comfort of remaining in a familiar setting.

You can feel secure and confident about your future through any challenges you or your loved one may face. If you don’t already live in a Life Plan Community, schedule a tour of a community in your area to discover what assisted living may have to offer. Talk about your specific needs. If you have a loved one who could benefit from supportive care, ask how you and other family members can remain involved in their life. Make sure you or your loved one feels supported in a setting that offers warmth, dignity and respect!

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