10 Ways Assisted Living Helps Residents Rediscover Joy in Life

If you or a loved one is considering the benefits of an assisted living community, it’s essential to recognize its potential to provide much more than a safe place for older adults to live. 

Along with an accessible residence, nutritious meals and aid with daily tasks, assisted living offers independence, lasting relationships and fulfilling lives. Another significant feature that may be overlooked, however, is how a community helps their residents rediscover joy. 

Growing older can be challenging at times, but there are still opportunities to find joy. It’s not limited to the sentiment of happiness but can be expressed as contentment, reaching personal goals or feeling connected to meaning and purpose. 

When considering the many individual features that might contribute to achieving this emotion, it’s not surprising that the services and amenities of an assisted living community support a joyful life. 

If joy seems to be lacking in your loved one’s life, the good news is that assisted living can help.

Here are 10 ways a community can spark the emotion and recapture the experience of joy in your loved one’s life:

Maintaining independence plays a key role in quality of life. By assessing and creating personalized care plans, each resident receives the support needed and is encouraged to be as self-reliant as possible. 

This approach helps residents maintain autonomy longer while fostering a sense of achievement and self-worth.

Safety is a top priority in assisted living communities. They include features such as emergency call systems, well-lit and accessible personal and common spaces and staff available 24/7. 

Residents and families enjoy the peace of mind of knowing help is always at hand.

Isolation and loneliness can make it difficult to socialize or participate. Assisted living communities provide a variety of activities to meet many diverse interests. 

With art classes, gardening clubs, movie nights and dances, residents feel part of the community as they stay active, make new friends and rediscover passions. 

When families are invited to participate in activities and events, strong connections are maintained and residents don’t feel isolated from their loved ones. 

Visits and sharing in community life together can significantly boost both the resident and family’s sense of overall well-being.

Today’s assisted living recognizes how technology helps keep residents connected with the community and the outside world. 

Whether it’s video calls with family or engaging in social media, technology helps bridge the gap between generations and keeps residents involved while reducing feelings of isolation.

Volunteer opportunities help residents contribute back to where they live or the larger community. Examples might include mentoring programs, providing tours to new residents or taking advantage of options offsite. 

Helping others gives residents a sense of purpose, contributing to the joy that comes from feeling useful and valued.

Good nutrition is vital for health and well-being, and today’s communities provide chef-prepared meals that cater to different dietary needs and preferences. 

Sharing meals in a communal dining area also offers the pleasure of eating with others, which can increase appetites as well as the social interaction between the residents.

Physical activity is essential for maintaining health and mobility and boosting cognitive function. Many communities offer fitness programs tailored to older adults, including yoga, tai chi and walking clubs. 

Regular exercise can improve mood, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and help residents feel more energetic and optimistic about life.

It’s not uncommon to need assistance as we grow older, whether it’s with bathing safely, grooming or managing medications.

Relying solely on family changes the roles of parent and child. Assisted living staff provide compassionate care and encourage families to enjoy once again time spent together and not only on caregiving tasks.

The most important aspect of an assisted living community is creating a space where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. 

This approach fosters a culture of kindness and understanding. Supporting residents to feel valued and cared for contributes significantly to overall happiness and satisfaction.

Assisted Living at Presbyterian Village North

At Presbyterian Village North, we are here whenever a helping hand is needed. Offering spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom residences, our residents personalize their choice to create the homes where they will live their highest quality of life.

Imagine a new life that includes a well-stocked library, a private dining room available for family celebrations and endless opportunities to make new friends and memories—all with the reassurance of living in a gated community with around-the-clock security.

We also provide the following services:

  • Licensed nursing staff onsite 24/7
  • Medication management administered by certified medication aides
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Chef-prepared cuisine—meals per day with varied, all-day dining options
  • Dedicated Assisted Living Concierge
  • Special activities and social programs
  • Access to a full continuum of care
  • Expanded gym and aquatic center
  • Music and art programming
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Convenient access to mobile healthcare services onsite including dental, podiatry, optometry, audiology, mobile x-ray and lab, and dietician
  • Full onsite pharmacy
  • And so much more!

Presbyterian Village North supports our residents to remain as independent as possible while living an enriched life. Please call 214-355-9015 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal visit to our community.