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Have you started to notice changes in your or a loved one’s daily routines and behaviors? It can be quite worrying and difficult to accept – but rest assured, these changes are normal throughout the process of aging. If these changes are overlooked or ignored until something serious takes place, like a fall or severe injury, it could lead to long-term issues that are difficult to overcome.

This is where assisted living comes into play. Instead of letting something happen to you or a family member, it’s important to be proactive and look out for the signs that it’s time to move to an assisted living community or receive some form of additional senior care services. Asking for help or considering moving away from home may not be easy, but the benefits of assisted living services far outweigh the risks of remaining unsupported.

At The Village at Gainesville, quality of life is greatly improved, and security of care is guaranteed for older adults and their families. Learn all about our assisted living lifestyle, the qualifications for assisted living, and the signs assisted living is needed below.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living at The Village is a level of care that provides residents with a balance of independence and support through a personalized care plan. A caregiving staff is available to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs) like dressing, grooming, toileting, bathing, and medication management – 24/7 – all from the comfort of the resident’s home.

Residents who live in assisted living also benefit from every service and amenity offered to those in our active independent living community as part of their all-inclusive monthly fee:

  • Private residences with kitchenettes
  • 24-hour health care staff available
  • All utilities except personal telephone
  • Internet access for light online browsing
  • Housekeeping and linen service
  • Personal laundry
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Robust daily activities calendar
  • Three meals served restaurant-style each day
  • Resident-activated alert system
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming as needed
  • Ongoing monitoring of health needs and medication management under the direction of a licensed nurse
  • Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license for assisted living to better serve our residents in times of need

Just because you or a loved one needs some extra support doesn’t mean each day can’t be lived without joy or independence. At The Village, assisted living residents feel secure knowing that when they need help, a friendly face and experienced caregiver will always be there to help them.

Assisted living requirements and signs to look for

Now that you’ve learned more about our assisted living lifestyle, it’s time to determine if you or a loved one qualifies for assisted living based on the following physical and behavioral warning signs and general rules of thumb:

Warning signs that assisted living may be needed

  • Trouble getting out of a chair/sofa or bed
  • Difficulty bathing or using the restroom
  • Low energy
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Poor hygiene
  • Increased difficulty managing chronic health conditions
  • Poor balance
  • Noticeable injuries, like cuts and bruises

General qualifications for assisted living

Minimum age
Typically, those who qualify for assisted living must be at a minimum age of 55. Every community is different.
Stable health
Those in assisted living must be mostly stable in their health. Extensive medical issues that require 24/7 monitoring and more long-term care should be treated in a skilled nursing facility. Those who are bedridden or require the assistance of more than two people to transfer also do not qualify for assisted living.
Daily support needed
In order to qualify for assisted living, residents must require some form of assistance with ADLs.

If more serious memory impairments are present, such as increased paranoia and anxiety, mood swings, confusion, and forgetfulness, then memory care is a more suitable care option than assisted living.

Maintain independence with support from assisted living in Gainesville.

Based on what you now know, is it time to consider moving to a senior living community? Learn more about our assisted living lifestyle at The Village at Gainesville and experience it for yourself or a loved one by calling us to schedule a personalized tour today.