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Does Assisted Living Include Meals?

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Assisted living communities exist for seniors who may struggle with some daily tasks but still want to retain as much of their independence as possible. They’re a popular choice for seniors who want the assistance they need but still want the ability to retain their autonomy. With all sorts of services and experiences, they’re an excellent choice for many seniors. 

However, many people are curious, does life at assisted living communities include meals?

Life at assisted living communities typically includes a meal plan designed to give residents nutritious meals. Some communities offer several different meal plans so every resident has access to the options they need for a balanced diet.

These meal plans help ensure that no matter what level of care a person needs, they can be well-fed and have the energy they need for life!

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities are specific communities set up for seniors. Often in our senior years, we need help with daily tasks that were easier when we were younger, and these communities aim to alleviate this problem. 

The goal of assisted living is to help individuals maintain their independence and quality of life while providing support for challenges that older adults may face during their daily lives. Support from a caring team can help seniors overcome challenges in their lives and live well each day.

What Are the Benefits of Assisted Living?

By taking care of things like laundry, housekeeping, maintenance, and meal plans, senior living communities can make day-to-day life easier for their residents. They also offer all sorts of different services, events, and experiences, so there’s always something interesting happening in the community! With everything from fitness classes to language programs and game nights to meditation sessions, these communities offer a little something for everyone.

A senior man eating a bowl of salad while sitting on a couch.

Are Meals Included with Assisted Living?

Many assisted living communities offer several different meal plans for each resident. When considering a move to assisted living, it’s best to visit the community beforehand so you’re able to see what the dining setup is like. 

However, in general, you can expect assisted living communities to offer meal plans that serve the needs of each resident, with nutritious meals that serve a variety of dietary needs and restrictions—including snacks throughout the day!

Some communities may offer the option to opt out of a meal plan if a resident prefers to manage their diet themselves. Some residences may also have their own kitchens included, so if this is the case, residents may prefer to cook for themselves. 

How to Pick an Assisted Living Community

At the end of the day, the best way to determine which community is best for you is simply to choose the one that matches your family’s needs.

For example, if you and your family love spending time near nature, make sure you’re selecting a place that brings you close to the great outdoors. It’s best to visit the potential options before making your choice. 

By determining whether a community can suit your family’s needs, you’re making sure that your family members will receive support that helps them maintain their quality of life. And after all—enjoying life is what assisted living is all about!

Schedule a tour with us today to see for yourself what benefits assisted living can bring! With our locations in Troy, Elba, and Enterprise, there’s something for everyone at Serenity South Senior Living!

Written by Deborah Shane

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