Is a senior you care about no longer equipped to live fully independently but not in need of round-the-clock medical care? Perhaps life at home is no longer ideal, and you are considering an assisted living facility. Support in assisted living communities falls comfortably in the middle between complete independence and the stepped-up medical-style care of a nursing home. More than 800,000 Americans reside in assisted living communities. They find an improved quality of life, and their families are reassured about their safety.
To learn more about services in assisted living in Austin, TX, and the offerings and amenities you can expect, reach out to Buckner Villas, the Austin-based luxury senior residence part of Buckner Retirement Services. You can call us at 844.960.5295 or complete our online form.
How Do I Know It’s Time for Assisted Living?
It’s not always easy to leap from living at home to something different. The conversation can be emotionally challenging for everyone in the family, especially the aging family member who may need to make a significant change. Focusing on quality of life concerns and what will enhance your loved one’s happiness and well-being is a good approach.
As you and your senior loved one contemplate the next steps, consider the following:
- Are simple tasks of life becoming harder to do independently, like grocery shopping, managing medications, or housekeeping?
- Does your loved one still want autonomy but needs a little assistance?
- Is your loved one challenged by personal self-care such as bathing, dressing, hygiene, or eating?
- Is isolation and/or depression a growing concern?
- Are there lapses in bill paying or other financial matters?
- Does your loved one lack stimulation but find it hard to plan meaningful daily activities?
Though isolation, loneliness, forgetfulness, and minor physical challenges are normal with aging, they should be addressed. Improved quality of life has an immediate impact on mental and physical health and longevity, so finding a positive living solution that works well for all is an important step.
Services in Assisted Living
Assisted living communities and facilities will share some fundamental programming and support features. The idea behind assisted living is that residents still have a great deal of autonomy, can leave the residence to shop, dine out, or take walks, and are in charge of the extent to which they want to engage in scheduled activities and outings.
Any assisted living community you visit should offer, at a minimum:
- Simple personal care such as help with bathing or dressing
- Medication monitoring and support
- 24/7 emergency care accessibility
- Healthy meal options (though some assisted living apartments have kitchens for dining in)
- Social activities
- Recreational and educational offerings, including fitness options
- Some medical services
- Available transportation to medical appointments and other locations
- Housekeeping and laundry
These services simplify life for the senior resident and provide a safety net if a medical or other problem arises. Wrap-around support in assisted living can range according to the needs of each particular resident, depending on their level of independence.
Buckner Villas – Assisted Living in Austin, TX
At Buckner Villas, we offer all the above and more. Our luxury setting is one that your loved one will enjoy while taking advantage of fun field trips and outings, our spa and library, and a wide range of programming, including fitness, arts and crafts, and many learning opportunities.
Based on the principles of connection, independence, purpose, security, and service, Buckner Retirement Services and all its sites, including the Villas, are committed to the comfort and safety of the senior residents. Reach out today to schedule a visit or ask questions. Our staff is compassionate, knowledgeable, and looking forward to hearing from you. Call us at 844.960.5295 or use our online form. Your family deserves the security of knowing your senior loved one is in good hands. Start the conversation today so you can make the best decision tomorrow.