Body, Mind and Spirit
The ideal assisted living facility is one that attends to seniors' well-being as a whole. For the body, fitness centers help seniors stay strong. Some facilities even offer free personal trainers, heated pools and therapy pools for the ultimate exercise and relaxation.
To keep the mind sharp, seniors may enjoy on-site libraries and computer centers. Another amenity for the well-being of the mind is memory management, also called memory care. Specialized memory care training (sometimes developed in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association) involves specialists who offer activities that enhance dignity, build self-esteem, maintain interest and manage behavior of those whose memories are compromised.
As for the spirit, seniors may delight in strolls outside, or sitting amid blooming gardens and patios, many of which are enclosed, allowing seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's the ability to enjoy the outdoors while limiting the risk of the seniors roaming away.
On-site volunteer coordinators can play an important role in a senior's spirit, too. They match seniors with various community volunteer opportunities, some of which are intergenerational, offering seniors the opportunity to interact as tutors, or big brothers or sisters, to younger generations. And some assisted living facilities also offer regular spiritual services and may even have on-site chapels.