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Posted by The Woodlands on September 1, 2022

In the United States, over 800,000 people have discovered that an assisted living community is the perfect environment for their lifestyle. 

Assisted living services promote safety and provide enhanced living for older adults who wish to maintain their independence but need or benefit from supportive services. These communities offer the same amenities and conveniences of an independent living community with added support and assistance.

But, “how do you know when it’s time for assisted living?” Whether for yourself or someone you love, this question can be challenging to answer, and the right time for assisted living can look different for everyone. 

At The Woodlands at Canterfield, our first-class assisted living services seamlessly blend five-star hospitality and amenities with extraordinary care and support. Below, we provide education and insight into assisted living services, so you can make an informed decision about senior care for your family.

Uncovering the Basics of Assisted Living 

Contrary to popular belief, assisted living communities do not restrict independence or limit a person’s opportunities to lead a full life – they enhance them. With supportive care available, assisted living residents have more confidence and control over their lives.

Assisted living communities believe in fostering independence and improving quality of life. They offer older adults the chance to enjoy community living and a maintenance-free lifestyle while having peace of mind that support is available.

Assisted living communities typically offer residents:

  • 24/7 staff and support
  • Medication management
  • Dining and meal options
  • Housekeeping and laundry services

Exceptional care will be at the forefront of assisted living at The Woodlands at Canterfield. On top of these quality care services, we will offer resort-style amenities, including spacious luxury apartments, beautiful common areas and exquisite dining venues. As a result, residents of The Woodlands will receive five-star hospitality and care while enjoying all of the comforts of luxury senior living. 

When to Make the Decision

Many associate moving to an assisted living community as a sign that they can no longer take care of themselves, but that is not the case. While some move to an assisted living community because they need assistance with daily tasks, others live independently but choose assisted living to have peace of mind knowing support is readily available.

Take the time to evaluate your lifestyle and consider any challenges you feel you’ve been facing or areas where you would want support. For instance, perhaps tasks like cooking and maintaining your house have begun to feel exhausting. Or, maybe you’ve experienced a fall and would feel more confident living in a community where staff and team members are available 24/7.

Assisted living communities offer individuals much more than care. Another factor to consider is the opportunity for more socialization. Sometimes, living independently can feel a bit isolating, and as we age, it’s crucial to stay connected with neighbors and friends and have a sense of community. 

Not only does social interaction positively benefit our mental health, but it has been scientifically linked to longer lifespans and a lower risk of cognitive disease.

Assisted living communities offer event schedules, activity groups and various programs and classes, so residents can make new connections and friendships!

Taking the Next Steps

Don’t wait! When considering assisted living, begin the process early, so you have plenty of time to plan the next steps, research and tour different communities, and choose one that feels right for you.

  • Make a strategic moving plan with your friends and family, so that the process of downsizing and relocating is seamless and easy. 
  • Determine the type of assistance you want/need, and speak with a community team member to establish your personalized care plan.

At The Woodlands at Canterfield, our community is a place for your wellbeing, exploration and enjoyment. From gourmet dining to on-site arts and entertainment—along with a spa, fitness center, and salon, The Woodlands will everything you have been looking for in a vibrant community.

For more information about our assisted living services, please call us at 224-802-4388 or visit our website to connect with our team.

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