Assisted Living Explained
What do you think of when you hear the words “Assisted Living”? I’m often asked if it is similar to “Residential Care Homes” and if so, how does it differ?
Assisted Living With Richmond Villages
Perhaps the first thing to highlight is that assisted living with Richmond Villages means buying a Village Suite (a leasehold property), whereas with a residential care home you pay a weekly fee. Purchasing the property is a very important factor to many of our residents. As well as promoting their independence, this is the generation who have always owned their own homes and to continue to do this is very important.
So what is assisted living and who is buying them? Assisted Living is all about helping older people retain independence with the reassurance that support is available if needed. Typically, people moving into an assisted living property are aged over 80 and are finding the upkeep of their current home too much work. We usually find it is the family who are looking, realising that their loved ones are struggling in their current property.
The property consists of one- or two-bedrooms, both with en-suite wetroom, plus a lounge and kitchen. As with any new property it comes unfurnished, meaning people have the choice of either surrounding themselves with their current or, as more often than you would think, people purchase new furniture just keeping those items which are really important to them. The main difference to other retirement property is that when you buy a Richmond Village Suite you also take out an assisted living package which takes away the daily chores. The package includes:
- All meals, either taken in the restaurant or brought to your home.
- A daily maid service to clean the apartment and make your bed.
- Stocking of your kitchen with items such as breakfast cereal (if you want a cooked breakfast, then the restaurant provides this too!), milk, tea, coffee, fruit, biscuits etc.
- A laundry service.
If you need extra care and support then we can do this too. This could include:
- Helping administer medication
- Accompanying on health appointments
- Assisting with bathing, showering or dressing
The most important aspect is that you are free to live your life as you wish and we will take care of the mundane aspects such as cooking, cleaning and washing! But most importantly Retirement Communities such as these provide lots of activities and social opportunities like:
- Daily activities, events and trips
- Landscaped gardens and outdoor space including a bowling green or croquet lawn
- There is a swimming pool, wellness spa, hair beauty salon, restaurant, bar, and lots of regular classes that you can take part in
- Or perhaps music or singing are your chosen hobbies
Whatever you enjoy doing, we encourage it and will try and cater for it.
I often think words can only describe so much, so please take a look at these short videos to help give you a better idea:
So how might this differ from your average Care Home?
As I have already mentioned, in a residential care home you will not own your own home; you will have a bedroom (usually with an en-suite bathroom) and then access to a communal lounge. Because of scale you will probably not be given such a vast array of activities to choose from as those that can be offered to you as part of a larger residential community. Purely because of the nature of a care home, the majority of people will require more care and support which can be off-putting for those who require very little or no assistance.
In essence, residential care generally offers a very different form of supported living for the elderly. On the other hand Assisted Living, which is a better and more modern version to Sheltered Housing, allows you to keep a lot more of your independence and so would be better compared to the provision of Care in your own home. The advantage of Assisted Living to care at home is that you are surrounded by like-minded people meaning social isolation is reduced, plus the reassurance that in an emergency care staff are on-site 24-hours a day.
Making your home a Richmond Village Suite means more than just buying a new home. It means enjoying life in a safe, caring, supportive and socially active community where the properties are close to all the amenities such as the swimming pool, wellness spa, activity room, library, restaurant, etc.
We believe it is a better choice, so why not visit one of our retirement villages and find out more? Our Village Advisers will be able to answer all of your questions and talk through any concerns and give you a full tour of the accommodation and facilities – we look forward to meeting you soon!