One of the biggest misconceptions about Assisted Living is that they are dreary hospital-like places where residents lie around all day and do nothing. But today's modern assisted living facilities are just the opposite. Many have wellness centers, swimming pools, beauty parlors, restaurant-style dining and other amenities that make the skilled nursing facility feel more like resort living.

Good assisted living facilities offer many different activities to suit people's needs and interests. One of the benefits of living in a senior community is the easy access to activities, events and social functions.

Check with the activities director at your local facility to find out more about specific programs, but here are some of the kinds of activities you can usually find.

  • Arts and crafts classes
  • Music
  • Swimming and water aerobics
  • Tennis
  • Pizza parties
  • Ice cream socials
  • Movie nights
  • Cooking classes
  • Cards, board games and game nights
  • Bingo
  • Dances
  • Book clubs
  • Education and learning courses
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Prayer services
  • Food and dining events

Making New Friends

Making acquaintances and friends can make a new residence feel like home, so suggest to your parent that he or she plan take part in the activities right away. Choose two or three programs to attend early on, to meet the neighbors.


Although assisted living promotes an active and social lifestyle, residents are not required to participate in any activities. Social interaction can still happen at meal time, in the dining room or in the shared community spaces. If you or your loved one desires complete privacy, you have the option of staying in your apartment and even eating meals there.

Keep in mind, if you or loved one needs assistance with daily grooming, meals or healthcare, complete privacy cannot be give, since staff members need to present in order to help.

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Routines and Daily Schedules

Residents in assisted living still maintain some sort of independence and can decide which activities in which they wish to participate. For example, if you or your loved one usually plays Bingo, he or she can decide not to play one day.

Although there may be a set daily schedule when it comes to things like bathing, grooming, medications and housekeeping, residents can choose their own schedule and level of participation in activities.

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