Researching senior living arrangements can be overwhelming when you consider all of the options. Researching the right communities is essential in making sure your loved one has everything they could want or need.  Senior care continues to diversify as options become more variable and regulations of health organizations change.  Assisted living facilities offer assistance that ranges from simple services, such as traditional housekeeping, linen service, and on-call medical services, to lifestyle-enhancing activities including gardening and massage therapy. While shopping for the right assisted living community, make sure to always consider level of independence, medical needs, and personal preferences.

Basic Services

Assisted living facilities have begun to offer residential services that are designed to enhance senior living with additional amenities that cater to hobbies, social interaction, and personal care needs.  The most basic and typical facilities offer specialized menus, emergency services, social gatherings, and personal care assistance (such as beauty and barber services) plus laundry, bedding, and hygiene assistance.  Seniors that have active social lives may also want to look for facilities that offer a gymnasium, public television room, or frequent social events.  Most senior care facilities also connect residents with access to health and medical services as well as public transportation.  In truth, each senior care facility is unique in the services and amenities that they offer. Choosing one that fits your personality or the personality of your loved one is most important when choosing the right place.

A Little Extra

Although the services discussed are often considered the standard for most senior care facilities, these communities endeavor to fulfill the needs and comfort of their residences.  In addition to common public spaces, other places might offer even more diverse choices.  Some communities offer specific areas for games, as well as a library or even multiple fireplaces.  Additionally, barber and beauty services may extend to spa treatments, pedicures, manicures, and massage.  Senior care centers often strive to improve physical activity and emotional health; some offer yoga, aquatic aerobics, ballroom dancing, painting classes, computer lessons, or book groups.  Interestingly, senior care communities ultimately aim to enhance overall social living with frequent outings and cook-outs, clubs for hobbies, and church services; while access to volunteers often provide music, dance, comedy, or philanthropic opportunities.

Ultimately, senior care facilities strive to meet the unique and individual needs of their residents, they offer services, facilities, and activities that can make anyone feel at home.  Whether you or your loved one have a high degree of independence or a significant number of daily living needs, these communities strive to offer an attractive and comfortable place that might even provide more than what seniors could have access to in their family homes.



Learn more about assisted living and other healthcare options at the main Assisted Living page or the main Caregiving page.

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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.