As we age, we have to learn to adjust to our surroundings, circumstances, environment, and the people around us. This is called adaptation. Being able to adapt is a great life skill and not one everyone has mastered. Yet, by the time a person is considered a senior, they may have to learn to adapt more quickly and in ways they never thought necessary before.
Adaptation is not always a negative thing, though. Too often we think of learning to adapt as having to give up something as a compromise.
That is not true. In fact, by learning to adapt, it can open up doorways that we never thought possible before. When an elderly person requires some level of assistance with basic tasks of everyday life or has simply grown weary of maintaining their home, keeping it clean, preparing meals for themselves, and so forth, assisted living can be a wonderful option.
How might a senior have to adapt at assisted living?
There could be many ways an aging person would have to adapt to different living circumstances. However, by its very nature, assisted living is about allowing aging residents to live life as they see fit, but having the support of staff, fellow peers, and other activities and options so they don’t have to worry about many of the same things they did while living alone.
Yes, adaptation will be necessary to some degree, but with a quality assisted living community, those changes should be limited or minimal.
A new living environment.
Perhaps the biggest thing an aging senior will have to learn to adapt to is a new environment. This home, their room at the assisted living facility will be different than the one they had in their house, apartment, condo, or even while spending time with other family members or a friend.
They might be sharing a room in order to offset some of the cost of assisted living, or they might be alone. This is a minor thing that can seem significant at the time, but as that senior spends more time living there, the room will eventually become just as comfortable as their previous home.
Making new friends.
Some seniors prefer to be alone, but most people want connection. When an elderly person chooses assisted living, they will get that connection, and more.
Some seniors have to learn to adapt to just how many people they connect with. It can be a wonderful way to spend their Golden Years, often a surprise they are happy to enjoy.