What is assisted living? At senior living communities like Sterling Ridge Senior Living, assisted living provides residents with lifestyle options designed to help them thrive independently, along with access to safe, comfortable surroundings, a supportive environment of friendly peers and caring team members, healthy, chef-prepared meals, and a schedule of stimulating events and activities. Let’s take some common misconceptions about assisted living and debunk them one by one.
Myth #1: I’ll lose my independence
Assisted living residents do not need around-the-clock help, but at many senior living communities, services and amenities are available, if needed, to ensure residents enjoy a simplified, maintenance-free lifestyle. Sterling Ridge offers 52 private assisted living residences with access to household services for every need, including housekeeping, maintenance, laundry and concierge services. Residents who prefer a break or need help with cooking, have access to three nutritious, gourmet meals daily, served restaurant-style in our dining room. We also offer scheduled transportation to nearby points of interest and appointments so residents can venture off campus when desired.
Myth #2: Assisted living = nursing home
Assisted living services are designed to keep residents actively engaged for as long as possible while living as independently as possible. Sterling Ridge residents—and their loved ones—have peace of mind knowing that our professionally trained team members are on hand 24/7 if their health needs change. We assist residents who need extra help with daily activities such as medication management, dressing, bathing, cooking or cleaning.
Myth #3: I can’t enjoy my favorite hobbies
The hassle-free lifestyle of assisted living allows residents more time, energy and freedom to exercise their independence and pursue the activities and interests they love. Most senior living communities, including Sterling Ridge, offer a range of daily activities, such as exercise and cooking classes, game and movie nights, informational presentations, trips to local attractions and other programs and activities. Sterling Ridge has an array of campus amenities, including a fitness room, beauty salon and bistro. Residents also enjoy our courtyard, patio and outdoor dining area.
Myth #4: I’ll be lonely
Assisted living residents have access to communal spaces that encourage socialization and residents are invited to join groups and campus clubs to help them meet people, including peers and service providers. At Sterling Ridge, we employ a full-time Life Enrichment Director and a Wellness Director, who organize our scheduled social events and wellness activities, providing plenty of opportunities for residents to make new connections with friends and neighbors.