My wife and I are considering moving to an assisted living community. The majority of our friends who have made this move before us are single people. As a married couple, what should we expect in assisted living? -Dan in Westbury, NY
Thanks for asking this question. While single residents outnumber couples, we are seeing more and more couples living in our assisted living communities. Many make the move so they can receive help with activities of daily living, while others make it to have freedom from the worries of home maintenance and upkeep. We recognize that everyone comes to us for different reasons and with unique challenges.
As each resident moves to one of The Bristal communities, we develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP) for them. The plan incorporates services that help each of our residents maintain their highest quality of life. It might be by assisting with medication management or by providing a little extra help at mealtime. As residents of The Bristal, you and your wife will each have your own personalized plan of care.
Another layer of helping residents live their highest quality of life is through our Bristal Better U and our life enrichment programming. Bristal Better U is a lifelong learning partnership with Hofstra University Community Education. Topics range from politics to literature. Each of The Bristal communities also offers a full calendar of life enrichment activities. They include recreational programming and clubs for residents to enjoy. During any given week residents have the opportunity to join in on activities of interest that could include a fashion show, computer class, jewelry making or a Zumba class.
Finally, a resource that might help you understand what life in an assisted living community is really like is Seven Things to Know about Assisted Living. It can help you separate the facts from the myths.
I wish you and your wife the very best of luck as you make this decision and transition to the next chapter of life!