April 16, 2021

Top 5 Benefits of Choosing Independent Living or Assisted Living for an Aging Adult

Assisted Living for Seniors Means Greater Independence, Nearby Assistance, Less Worry for Your Family, and More

When looking into independent living or assisted living communities, it makes perfect sense to be a little apprehensive. The decision to move to a senior living community is a major one. The decision has emotional and physical ramifications, so there are a variety of factors to think about. 

According to a 2010 study conducted by Age Wave and Genworth Financial, the primary motivations for someone to consider assisted living and independent living apartments for seniors are:

  • They don’t want to be a burden on their family – physically or financially.
  • They want to make their own decisions about where and how they live.
  • They want to safeguard future security and quality of life for themselves and for their family members.

So what benefits do residential communities have for older adults? How do apartments with assisted living amenities let them meet those goals?

Here are five benefits of Senior Living for aging adults, including options for Independent Living (IL), Assisted Living (AL), and Assisted Living with Memory Care (MC) under one roof:

1. Ease the Pressure of Caregiving on Your Spouse and Other Loved Ones.

The biggest concern for us as we age? Being a burden on our family. Some 55% of respondents to the Age Wave survey said that burdening loved ones with their care is their single greatest worry. Residents at a high-quality assisted living community like the Tribute communities managed by Cadence Living don’t have that worry. That’s because the Assisted Living Neighborhoods within Cadence communities are staffed by qualified personnel who are in tune with your unique needs, providing personalized care – so your family doesn’t have to.

Tribute’s assisted living services include, among others:

  • Assistance with medication management on a set schedule
  • Coordinating medical services and on-site doctor visits
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Transportation support with an on property personal shuttle 
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Grooming and hygiene
    • Getting to and returning from meals and social activities (as needed)

2. The Assistance You Need. The Independence You Want.

As we age, it becomes even more important to maintain our independence, make our own decisions, and live life on our terms. That’s exactly what a good center for independent living offers to senior citizens. Independent living communities make life easier for older adults. When chores like meal preparation and housekeeping are taken care of along with coordination of medical needs. This means residents have more time to engage with neighbors, participate in community activities, and live Life In the Key of Beautiful®.

One advantage of a senior living community like Tribute is enjoying the benefits of assisted living and independent living services at the same time. Whenever they wish, residents are free to lock their apartment door and head out, knowing that those amenities and services will be there when they get back.

A Tribute community is a place where residents can put themselves first – maybe for the first time in recent memory!

3. Access to Advanced Memory Care Services When Needed.

According to the Age Wave study, the most-feared disease of aging is Alzheimer’s. That’s why the availability of memory care services is a significant factor when looking at apartments for assisted living. And that’s another advantage of Cadence’s Tribute living: Within many of our senior communities for assisted living, memory care services are available on-site through our Revere Memory Care℠ program.

Memory care is a key part of life at Cadence Living’s Tribute communities. Revere Memory Care℠ is a holistic engagement of the body, mind and spirit for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Using stimuli like music, dance, natural surroundings and sensory experiences, the Revere Memory Care℠ program helps residents stave off cognitive decline and dementia. 

4. Entertain Guests and Welcome Family in a Beautiful Home of Your Own.

There’s nothing like the comforts of your own home – especially when you’re not taking care of it all. Residents of assisted living apartments don’t have to worry about deep-cleaning carpets, mowing the lawn, doing laundry, or preparing meals. But they can still make themselves at home, decorating their apartments to suit their tastes – making it a comfortable, familiar place for family and friends to visit.

The emotional toll of leaving a home you may have custom built or in which you raised a family can be heavy. But moving into an assisted living apartment can also allow you to distill down to the belongings that are most important to you. Some even find it liberating to be able to choose exactly what they’re taking into this new chapter of their life – and will even add a new flatscreen TV  or mattress to the moving experience to make it more exciting. Whatever your situation, you’ll still find the comfort of home within the community, and you’ll have the benefit of helping hands as well as opportunities to socialize.

5. Enjoy Life in a Community Designed for Your Needs.

From holistic activities to handrails, every aspect of life in Tribute’s  independent living retirement communities has been built with residents’ comfort, convenience, health, happiness, and camaraderie in mind.

In Cadence Living’s Tribute communities the rhythm of our community is paramount. We support the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of older adults through our integrated SYMPHONY program, including positive experiences like:

  • In-Tune Fitness
  • ENCORE Cuisine
  • Aria Arts
  • Cadence Choir
  • Backstage at Cadence
  • SESSIONS Life Enrichment
    • Yoga and exercise
    • Arts and crafts
    • Book clubs
    • Cultural events
    • Special celebrations

Perhaps the best perk about senior living communities is sharing memories and laughs with people from your generation.

Which factors matter most when you’re looking into senior living communities? What do you still want to know about? Does anything seem daunting? Please ask us – we’re here to help!

In Virginia and Maryland, Cadence Is Tribute Living

Cadence Living manages four communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area:

Tribute celebrates the living aspects of aging as well as providing quality care. From Independent Living to Assisted Living and Memory Care to Cadence CONNECTIONS, Tribute’s holistic approach to senior care cultivates an atmosphere in which residents live Life in the Key of Beautiful®.

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