Rhode Island is the smallest, in terms of land mass, of America’s 50 states. However, it is home to a surprisingly large number of assisted living facilities. Many of these are in the state’s capital city of Providence, which seniors may find as a great place in which to settle down and retire. Those with elderly relatives should also consider a Providence assisted living facility (ASF) as a place where their loved ones can live out their golden years in comfort and security.
Located near the Atlantic coast, Providence is in a setting that is inviting. Unlike many northern cities, the area is relatively mild in the winter, with an average high temperature in January of nearly 40 degrees. Summers have plenty of moisture. Those who live in a Rhode Island ASF and their families can feel secure over the fact that the state’s crime rate is 16 percent lower than the national average.
Providence is a medium-sized city that is big on cultural events that are ideal for seniors. It is home to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Trinity Repertory Company and numerous other venues that highlight the performing arts. The city is also the center of history in many ways. Mile-long Benefit Street is a showplace for colonial buildings that is unrivaled by any other single area in the nation. Located directly off Benefit Street is the Providence Athenaeum, a member-supported library and cultural center that is admission free. In another part of the city is Roger Williams Park. Named after one of the early settlers of the region and spread out over an area of more than 400 acres, the park encompasses a nationally-recognized zoo, a botanical garden center, a natural history museum and planetarium, and a casino. Those interested in bird watching will find their share of singing and predatory birds at the Arcadia Management Area, located south of the city. Residents of Providence assisted living facilities will find many things to do even at home, with daily activities giving them the opportunity to make new friends while in a new setting.
An ASF differs from a nursing home. It gives seniors a taste of living independently while still having their basic needs met, including daily meals, dressing and assistance receiving medication. Residents will also be provided with transportation, giving them a sense of mobility. Other services provided at an extra cost may include laundry and housekeeping services and special care for Alzheimer’s patients. An ASF may consist of an apartment with individual units or rooms, or houses with live-in staffs.
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