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Tips for Deciding if the Assisted Living Lifestyle is What You Really Want

March 05, 2024

Considering if Assisted Living is Right for You

If you are considering where you or a loved one will spend retirement, it really comes down to what you are looking for…an easy pace, comfortable surroundings, lots of amenities, new friends, quality care, and so on. Here’s a few tips to help you decide if an assisted living lifestyle might be the right choice for you.

Are You Looking For…

A helping hand with daily activities?

After so many years of taking care of so many things for yourself and your family, you might be ready for an occasional helping hand. Whether it’s a bit of assistance with preparing a meal, choosing an outfit for the day, taking medications properly, or keeping the house tidy, it might be very reassuring to live where someone is there to provide caring assistance when you need it. That’s what you or your loved one will find in an assisted living community.

Lots of friends close by for socializing?

Living at home alone can get quite lonely. Old friends may have moved away, and the neighborhood is full of new faces who have their own friends and families. Your family might visit occasionally, but most of the time it’s too quiet in your home. Now consider what a difference an assisted living lifestyle can make: friends right next door who share your interests and goals and make every day more enjoyable. That’s good for your mental, emotional and physical health!

Nutritious and delicious dining that you don’t have to prepare?

Even if you’ve always loved to cook, it can become quite tiresome to shop for groceries, prepare meals, clean up the kitchen and plan a menu. Especially when it’s just for one person. Instead, choosing an assisted living lifestyle means wonderful dining that’s waiting for you: no dishes to wash! Plus, it can be delightful to join others for lively conversation over a well-prepared meal.

Someone else to take care of household tasks and maintenance?

Just imagine choosing an assisted living lifestyle and no longer having to repair the furnace, paint the walls, replace a roof, rake the leaves, replace appliances, worry about the hot water heater or any other gadget that might suddenly decide to stop working in the middle of the night. Instead, you can relax and know it’s all handled by someone else, and you can just enjoy your days as you choose.

Transportation to doctor’s appointments, shopping and other needs?

Here’s a major perk of the assisted living lifestyle: scheduled transportation to appointments, shopping, and other destinations. That means you don’t have to stress about rush-hour traffic, crowded parking lots or even maintaining a vehicle (unless you choose to do so). As a resident of assisted living at The Herrick House, you can join the group for an outing to the theater, lunch spots, museums, special events and more—and schedule a ride to your medical appointments.

Lots of fun and stimulating activities?

Say goodbye to boredom. Instead, choosing assisted living means waking up to all kinds of possibilities each day. Just check the activity calendar! You might find card games, arts classes, chair yoga, golf putting, trivia, movies, birthday parties, concerts, socials, and just about anything else you can imagine.

The peace of mind of future care and access to health services?

At The Herrick House, we are dedicated to helping each resident maintain the highest possible quality of life. Our assisted living offers privacy and independence as well as 24-hour on-site licensed nursing care if needed. Our Herrick House Spectrum program provides specially designed, all-inclusive, memory care. In addition, our perfect location also means convenient access to Beverly Hospital and coordinated access to Beth Israel Lahey Health services.

The Assisted Living Lifestyle May Be a Great Fit for You

At The Herrick House, we understand that a major life transition can be challenging, which is why we are here to help you any way we can. In our community, which is nestled in a beautiful and private wooded setting on the upper campus of Beverly Hospital, you or your loved one can continue the lifestyle you want in a warm and supportive atmosphere without the worries of maintaining a home.

The Herrick House creates a wonderful opportunity to socialize and participate. Download our free guide, Should You Stay or Should You go? How to Decide Between Home and Senior Living, or contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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