How Assisted Living Communities Help You Get Your Independence Back
You’ve worked hard for many years and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. You want to spend more time doing things you love, like golfing, exploring nature, trying new hobbies, reading, and getting together with friends. Ideally, you want to spend less time on everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, and home repairs and maintenance. Some of those daily activities might become challenging and time-consuming as we age.
Assisted living communities can be the perfect solution for seniors who would like assistance with daily living activities but don’t need full-time medical care. Some seniors hesitate to move into an assisted living community because they fear losing their independence, but nothing could be further from the truth. The amenities that assisted living provides often allow seniors a greater degree of independence than they had while living in their own homes. Getting the assistance and care they need frees them up to focus on what’s important to them.
How does this work? Good health is the key. To be truly independent, you need to be healthy. Assisted living communities, like BridgeWater Assisted Living in Tucson, Arizona, provide all the expertise, medical care, therapy, assistance, and opportunities for seniors to maintain the highest levels of physical, mental, and emotional health. Residents receive just the right amount of care for them, which gives them the freedom to try new things and live independently with confidence, knowing that help is there if they need it, day or night.
Staying Physically Healthy
One of the most important aspects of maintaining independence is physical health. We all know that being active, eating right, and getting appropriate medical care are three of the most essential components of physical health. Assisted living communities help seniors address all three of these areas.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists the numerous benefits of physical activity as increasing brain health, controlling weight gain, reducing the risk of certain diseases, strengthening both bones and muscles, and improving your ability to perform activities of daily living like bathing and functional mobility like getting up and down.
When you choose BridgeWater Assisted Living, it’s easy to stay active. Many residents participate in our exercise program, choosing from an array of classes that can be adjusted to different skill levels and mobility. For instance, chair yoga classes allow residents to increase flexibility without worrying about getting up and down off the floor, as in regular yoga. On the other hand, Zumba classes are an excellent cardiovascular workout if that’s what you prefer. The wellness and therapy center is also available if you’d rather exercise individually or work with a physical or occupational therapist.
Of course, walking is always a great option. Residents in Tucson assisted living have the added bonus of 300 days of sunshine a year. Whether they choose to take a quick walk with friends on our beautiful grounds or explore the desert beauty around us at nearby parks, seniors in our assisted living can take full advantage year-round of the physical benefits of walking, which include lubrication of joints, improved balance, and stronger muscles.
Did you ever wish you had a personal chef who would make you delicious, nutritious meals every day? At BridgeWater Assisted Living in Tucson, our residents enjoy chef-crafted meals daily, choosing from an exciting seasonal menu or an “always available” menu full of their favorite items. Many residents also take advantage of our transportation services to explore dining options in Tucson with their friends without worrying about dealing with traffic and parking.
When it comes to medical care, assisted living communities have transportation available to take our residents to doctor’s appointments as needed. In addition, our trained and compassionate staff can assist residents with activities of daily living like bathing, grooming, and medication management. You never have to worry about getting help if you need it. BridgeWater Assisted Living also uses CarePredict technology to alert our nurses to potential health needs, all while maintaining your privacy.
Encouraging Mental Wellness
Just like physical exercise keeps our bodies working their best, our minds need exercise too. When you choose Tucson assisted living at BridgeWater, you gain access to a wide variety of cognitive therapies, including art and music therapy, to keep your thinking sharp. You can also stay mentally active by learning a new hobby, attending exciting classes, or taking advantage of our on-site library.
Mental well-being also comes from a sense of comfort. If you have a pet, you know the comfort and joy they bring. BridgeWater Assisted Living in Tucson is a pet-friendly community so that you can bring your four-legged friend to your new home.
Finally, having access to the beautiful, natural surroundings of Tucson, both on-site and in the greater Tucson area, can do wonders for your mental and emotional well-being. Sharing a quiet evening with friends in our outdoor common areas or walking through a nearby park with your family, friends, or your dog, Tucson’s desert beauty will feed your soul.
Creating a Social Network
Human beings thrive when they are connected to others. Assisted living communities foster these connections in many different ways, creating a built-in social network for residents. Whether it’s game nights, scheduled outings to cultural events, book clubs, art classes, or other activities, there’s always something to do and someone to do it with.
BridgeWater Assisted Living also provides opportunities for cultural enrichment and interaction with the community with scheduled outings and activities to nearby shopping, dining, sports, and attractions.We would love to tell you more about how we foster our residents’ independence and help them truly live life to the fullest. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour to see for yourself, please contact us today to find out how we can best serve you and your family.