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Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to live in one of those fun, captivating, big city apartments you see in the movies and on television? You know, the ones with the great open floor plan that combines the efficiency of shared living and sleeping space, comfortable furnishings, and an eclectic décor? Well, in a nutshell, that’s exactly what you get in an assisted living studio apartment.
Efficiency and economy make a studio apartment a great option for seniors and their families looking for a comfortable, cost-effective choice for maximizing their senior living resources and creating a fun, cozy living experience.
Among the primary reasons that lead consumers to consider moving into an assisted living environment is that they find maintaining and caring for a home to be more challenging as they age. Families often tell us, “Mom has so much furniture! She really needs to downsize!” We prefer to think of this process “right-sizing” — choosing the things that make you happy, the things that mean the most to you, and surrounding yourself with those items in your new home!
Assisted living studio apartments offer a large open area for your bedroom furniture, your comfy chair or loveseat, occasional tables, and those other special items that are important for creating a cozy, comfortable living space. You want to be very intentional and thoughtful about what items of furnishings and décor you choose to give purpose and functionality to your studio. Many of our residents select those special pieces of furniture that are most comfortable, pairing these with décor that makes the space uniquely their own.
If you enjoy a snack before bed or you’re not a big breakfast eater or early riser, you may want to keep a few staples handy. The built-in kitchenette provides counter space, cabinets, and a refrigerator that will accommodate your favorite snack items, sodas, or ice cream. Worried about storage space? The walk-in closet in your studio is large enough for your favorite cedar chest, storage cabinet, or even a small dressing table! And you will still have room all four seasons of your wardrobe.
When you picture a studio apartment, you probably imagine a tiny bathroom. That won’t be a problem when you move into your new apartment. Each of our studios features a full-size, fully accessible bathroom space. No space is sacrificed in these expansive bathrooms: each features a zero-entry, full-size shower, and assist bars for safety and convenience. Many residents have added linen cabinets and shelving to make the space better suited to their needs. You decide how you want to decorate and make the space your own.
When we visit with families, we frequently hear that mom or dad “doesn’t get out anymore.” Unfortunately, this often happens because the senior adult is physically unable or no longer feels comfortable driving. As a result, the senior adult has become more isolated and no longer engages in the activities they once enjoyed such as shopping, going to church, or participating in social clubs. The challenges of aging can lead to isolation for many seniors, and that is frequently a real concern for families.
For many elders, a lack of social interaction can lead to “isolation-induced depression.” This type of isolation and depression can have an impact on a senior adult’s physical health and well-being and can lead to increased issues that affect a variety of chronic health conditions such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, other cardiac problems, and type two diabetes, to name a few. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and older have some level of depression.
Sometimes you just need to get out and spend quality time interacting with others who share your interests or bring diversity to your life! If you’ve been a “homebody,” or just haven’t been motivated to get out like you used to, you may find living in a studio apartment in the larger assisted living community will give you that extra push to get out and explore! Our residents who live in studio apartments enjoy the quiet and comfort of their personal space while taking advantage of the entire assisted living community and the abundant opportunities for socialization they have available to them. The whole community is your home to enjoy!
Daily dining and meals provide opportunities to spend time with friends and make new ones. It’s a great way to stay connected to the community. Residents are encouraged to invite friends and family for meals any time. Many residents find activities and social groups are an opportunity to rekindle interests and hobbies or find new pastimes. Community interaction with civic groups or local churches are also a benefit for many who have forgone those activities for extended periods while living alone.
Assisted living is really all about quality of living and amenities such as a full-service beauty salon, a beautifully landscaped courtyard, screened porch, library, bistro, and lounge—plenty of spaces to just get out and enjoy the community where you live. Planned outings for shopping, dining, and exploring, together with transportation to appointments, make living life simpler and more enjoyable.
For seniors and families exploring senior living options, cost is always one of the top considerations. Wisely and effectively managing available financial resources is a critical part of any decision to move into an assisted living community. A studio apartment is easily the most cost-effective and affordable senior living option available to seniors and makes a great choice if you are looking for a way to make the most of your available senior living dollars.
Studio apartments feature all the same benefits of larger one- and two-bedroom apartments—paid utilities, individually controlled heat and air, cable television, and wi-fi—but cost significantly less. Depending on the location of the assisted living community you choose, with a studio you could realize monthly savings of $500–$700 over larger units. And you will still enjoy the same great features and services—restaurant-style dining and meals, social events and activities, outings and transportation, 24-hour monitoring and safety features, and all the other advantages living in an assisted living community offers.
All those glamourous people living in studio apartments on television and in big cities chose them because they wanted to live in the “coolest, hippest parts of town” and be in the center of activity. They may be on to something! When you choose a studio apartment, you get to live in the coolest, hippest assisted living community, enjoying all the benefits for a fraction of the cost. And when you don’t have to worry about the maintenance and upkeep on a home and property, or how you will get to your next doctor’s appointment, or what you’re going to have for dinner, you can relax and enjoy doing what makes you happy!
These are only three advantages of living in an assisted living studio apartment. Let us help you explore the countless other advantages of living in your own studio apartment! Our trusted senior advisors are ready and waiting to assist you in “right-sizing” your living options.
Renee Ridling currently serves as the Executive Director of Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Rolla, a new 54-unit ALF-II providing assisted living and memory care services. Renee’s passion is caring for and serving the senior community through improving quality care and services. Her experience in serving the senior community includes training, presentations, and educational workshops on topics that include dementia, person-centered care, Medicare, and processes related to continuous quality improvement in the long-term care setting. She is currently in her second year as a member of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living National Quality Award Program’s Panel of Judges and has served as both a quality award Senior Examiner and Master Examiner. Renee has successfully led two skilled nursing facilities to Quality Award success, including two Bronze and two Silver awards, and in 2014 her facility became the first and only Missouri facility to achieve AHCA/NCAL’s highest level of recognition by receiving the Gold-Excellence in Quality Award in 2014. Renee is a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA) in Missouri and holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. She has served as administrator and regional business development director for skilled nursing facilities in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, and Illinois. She has been a frequent speaker for numerous senior care educational workshops and seminars in her local community. She has presented Quality Award training sessions for MHCA on a state level and nationally for AHCA/NCAL Quality Award program.
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