The Assisted Living Decision: Making the Best Choice on a Short Timeframe

The Assisted Living Decision: Making the Best Choice on a Short Timeframe

When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



Deciding which assisted living community to move to is a big decision to make under even the best of circumstances. Doing so amidst a crisis can force you to hurry a process that should be slow and deliberate. Unfortunately, many families delay even talking about senior care until an emergency arises. Then a quick decision is often the only option.

If you find yourself in this position, know you aren’t alone. And there are steps you can take to help you make an informed choice when time is short.

Making the Assisted Living Decision on a Quick Timeframe

Although there can be a downside to choosing an assisted living community while you’re under pressure, there are several things you can do to minimize the inherent risks.

Here are a few ways to make the best possible choice when you’re working with a short time frame.

Ask for Help from People You Trust

Recruit friends and family to help divide and conquer. Doing so will allow you to cover as much ground as possible given your time constraints. The division of labor is up to you, but one family member could do online research and gather reviews, while another could conduct phone interviews and schedule visits.

Learn About Levels of Care

Make sure that an assisted living community offers the level and type of care that your older loved one needs. In addition to giving your loved one the appropriate level of care, this will also save valuable time.

Tour Communities

Make as many in-person visits to different assisted living communities as your time will allow. You should never make a commitment to any particular assisted living community unless you’ve been there in person, toured the community inside and out, and met some of the staff and residents.

Consider a Short Term Stay

Once you’ve decided on assisted living community, it might help to see if they offer short-term respite stays. If the community turns out to be a good fit for your senior loved one after a few weeks or months, you can make the move permanent. But a short-term stay will allow your family member an opportunity to see what the community is like without making a commitment.

Support When You Need it the Most

Vitality Senior Living is here to help. If you’d like to know more about what our assisted living communities can offer your loved one, please call us at (615) 538-3200.

We’ll address any questions or concerns you might have and schedule an in-person visit at a time convenient for you!

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