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What is Senior Living?

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You’ve lived independently for most of your life. But as you age, this can change, and a move to a senior living community may become beneficial. 

In senior living, older adults receive levels of care based on their needs and personalized lifestyle options, such as assisted living and respite care

Transitioning to senior living can be challenging for older adults. Starting the process earlier rather than later and visiting a senior living community before moving can make it as smooth as possible. 

What Is a Senior Living Community?

Senior living refers to various housing options and community-based services designed for older adults who may require assistance with day-to-day activities.

They can range from independent living to assisted living to respite care lifestyle options. Senior living communities can provide a safe and supportive environment for older adults while promoting independence, social interaction, and high quality of life.

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Lifestyle Options in Senior Living

When you set out to choose the type of senior living, it helps to understand the different lifestyle options, what they offer, and if they will meet your needs. Here are two lifestyle options in more detail:

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a type of senior living that provides support with activities of daily living (ADLs) in a residential setting for older adults who may need some assistance. These can include:

  • Grooming and hygiene
  • Mobility and transferring
  • Eating and nutrition

These can be long-term stays that help residents maintain their independence as much as possible while ensuring they get the best care they require with 24/7 care available. Care services can include:

  • Medication management
  • Speech, physical, and occupational therapy
  • Regular wellness checkups

Assisted living communities typically offer suites with different floor plans. Some communities are even pet-friendly. 

Amenities at Villa De Anza include the following:

  • A library to find a new book to enjoy.
  • A salon to feel relaxed and refreshed. 
  • A fireside living room to socialize around. 
  • A cafe and a bistro to meet at. 

We also have a packed calendar full of activities including group exercises, bingo, movie nights, Bible study, and more so everyone can stay engaged and socialize. 

Respite Care

Respite care is short-term care provided in a senior living community like Villa De Anza. Respite care is a valuable resource for families who need a temporary solution for the care needs of a loved one. 

There are many reasons why someone may need respite care, such as:

  • Temporary illness
  • Rehabilitation after a hospital stay
  • Temporary mobility problems
  • Caregiver absence—illness, a family emergency, or simply the need for a break from caregiving responsibilities

Because not all senior living communities are the same, respite care stays are ideal for testing out a senior living community. These short stays help older adults see if senior living is a good fit for them for a smooth transition in the future. 

Respite care offers residents the same level of attention, support, and medical care they would receive from their caregivers because of customized care. Amenities for assisted living residents are often the same as for respite care residents. 

These amenities help keep residents healthy, happy, and engaged and can include the following:

  • Dining options
  • Education and entertainment activities
  • Hospitality services, such as onsite concierge, transportation, and beauty salon
  • Social interaction with other community residents
  • Comfortable and accessible suites

Advantages of Senior Living Communities

Senior living communities offer a range of benefits for older adults that they may not always get if living at home. Some advantages to living in a senior living community like Villa De Anza include:

  1. Safety and security. Senior living communities provide a safe and secure environment, with staff available 24/7 to assist with emergencies or provide support as needed.
  2. Access to care and support services. At Villa De Anza, residents have access to care and support services from many of our on-site nurses and staff members, such as personal care, medication management, and health services, to help them maintain their independence and quality of life.
  3. Connection and engagement. Senior living communities provide opportunities for socialization through activities, events, and recreational programs. Villa De Anza has tons of events for residents to enjoy, such as karaoke, bingo, yoga, and more
  4. Well-being. Wellness services meet physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. 
  5. Convenience. Senior living communities offer convenient and maintenance-free living, with staff taking care of household chores, such as laundry, meals, housekeeping, and transportation. 
  6. Improved nutrition and dining experiences. Many senior living communities offer nutritious and delicious meals prepared by chefs and enjoyed with other community members. Residents at Villa De Anza can enjoy a variety of 3-course meals.
  7. Peace of mind. Senior living communities can provide a safe and supportive environment, with access to care and support services as needed.

Enhance Your Lifestyle with Senior Living in Riverside

Planning for old age can look different for everyone. But planning ahead can ensure finding the ideal senior living community and a smooth transition. 

If you’re looking for a tailored care plan, amenities and services, and a higher quality of life, reach out to Villa De Anza today. Or schedule a tour to see what makes our community in Riverside so unique.

Written by Villa De Anza

Villa De Anza offers assisted living services for your loved ones. We aim to provide a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment that feels like being at home. Our enthusiastic team provides top-notch care, and our warm and welcoming campus has amenities that offer comfort, safety, and fun.
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