Residences for assisted living (semi autonomous): an advantageous way of life
When choosing a seniors’ residence, there are many questions to ask. One of the most important is to ask yourself what level of autonomy you will need to live there. Residences for assisted living become a very interesting alternative for many! Living in a semi-autonomous residence has many advantages that combine practicality and security in daily life. By taking the time to understand the differences between a residence for assisted living and a residence for seniors with a loss of autonomy, you will be able to see which type of living is better suited to your needs!
Residences for assisted living: definition and description
In order to properly define what a semi-autonomous seniors’ residence is, it is important to distinguish it from other categories. It is therefore important to understand the differences between residences for autonomous, assisted living and seniors with loss of autonomy.
The residence for autonomous seniors
When a senior is considered independent, no assistance is usually required for the person. Of course, some services or activities may be offered to improve the quality of life or for pleasure, but they will generally be on a voluntary basis.
Residence for assisted living
In the case of a semi-autonomous senior, it is agreed that the person requires some level of assistance on a daily basis. This assistance may involve different aspects of daily life such as transportation, personal care, meal preparation or household tasks. The assistance required is considered moderate and allows the elderly person to be more comfortable and safe.
A semi-autonomous person may have certain cognitive and physical needs. For example, a senior with mild Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from the care offered in semi-autonomous seniors’ residences.
Residences for seniors with loss of autonomy
A senior who is considered non-autonomous, or in loss of autonomy, will require more sustained assistance and more regular care. The residence will be adapted accordingly to offer services that meet the needs of its residents whose physical and cognitive functions are often impaired. The care offered is therefore more important and a certain amount of supervision is necessary for this clientele.
Now that the differences between these three types of residences have been established, it is easier to draw up a brief definition of residences for assisted living. A residence for semi-autonomous seniors represents a living environment that is stimulating, functional and well supervised. In a safe environment, residents can enjoy a certain degree of autonomy. All the while enjoying the care they need!
Why choose to live in a residence for assisted living?
Choosing to live in a residence for assisted living means opting for a lifestyle with many possibilities. Each situation is unique and the level of support and services offered will be adjusted according to the person and their needs. The goal is to enjoy a living environment that offers its residents a good degree of comfort, a good quality of life and a safe environment.
Depending on their needs, seniors living in residences for assisted living can choose to take advantage of many services such as:
- medical and nursing care;
- mealtime assistance;
- personal assistance services;
- help with household chores;
- a range of social and recreational activities;
- adapted physical activities and exercises;
- and much more depending on individual preferences and needs!
The importance of leisure and social activities
The ideal is to achieve a good balance between leisure activities and the services and care offered. Indeed, the importance of social activities and interaction with others should not be underestimated. These social contacts and entertainment have definite benefits and prevent isolation, which is unfortunately common among the elderly population.
Residences for assisted living therefore seek to provide their residents with various leisure activities. Meals in the large dining room also provide an opportunity to socialize with other residents. Often, a common room can be used for entertaining friends or family, for example. With all this, there is no need to be bored!
A wide range of services for seniors in a residence for assisted living
By living in a residence for assisted living, each senior has the very interesting advantage of being able to benefit from a wide range of services and care. These services are offered with the goal of accompanying each resident so that he or she can enjoy their independence while receiving the help and assistance they need. In the semi-autonomous mode of living, the person has the option of choosing among the different services available in each residence.
These include, among others
- assistance with meals;
- assistance with daily tasks;
- assistance with dressing;
- supervision in taking medication;
- assistance with apartment maintenance;
- health care as needed;
- some specialized care;
- and much more.
Do not hesitate to ask about more specific care and services for each residence in your area. Visavie is here to help you with all of this! Our dedicated team is committed to assisting seniors and their families in this important stage of life. Our experienced counsellors will provide you with relevant recommendations. The goal is to help you find the right semi-autonomous residence that will meet the needs and preferences of each senior. Our residence search and accompaniment services are completely free. We invite you to contact us and we will be delighted to help you!