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A Day in the Life of an Assisted Living Resident at Melrose



We get a lot of questions from visitors and potential residents when they’re looking into assisted living options. Beyond the expected ones that you might think of (what services do you provide, what’s included in your monthly fee, etc. etc.), there’s another you might not think to ask: “What’s a typical day look like for residents?”

It makes sense – after all, a “day in the life” can give you a great snapshot into what “normal” is like for those who live here. In reality, though, a typical day varies for each person – just like it does for people living in their own homes. You get to design the life you want to live here!

Assisted living residents move into our community because they need a little extra help in order to live the life they want. What does that look like? Well, it’s completely up to the individual. Maybe they just need a little help, like medication management or getting to doctor’s appointments. Or perhaps they’d like some help getting dressed, bathing or getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Whatever the case, when you’re an assisted living resident at Melrose Meadows, the choice is always yours when it comes to how you spend your day.

Here’s an example of what a “day in the life” might look like:

Morning. You wake up at 6:30 a.m., which is your preferred rising time. You make yourself a cup of coffee in your kitchenette and sip it slowly while reading the headlines of the day. At 7:00 a.m., one of our caring staff members comes by to help you get ready for the day. She helps you get dressed, hands you your medicine, and then reminds you breakfast will be served in the dining room at 8:00 a.m. You sit at your favorite table with three of your friends and enjoy an omelet with toast, fresh fruit and orange juice. Normally you do an exercise class in the morning, but the weather is so nice that after breakfast, you decide to take a little stroll around campus in the walking lane instead.

Afternoon: After a light lunch (you don’t often eat a big lunch, so you usually go for the soup and sandwich, or maybe something fresh from the salad bar), you meet with your book club to discuss what you just read. Then, a quick catnap back in your warm, homey apartment. You decide to try the craft activity at 2:00 p.m., which was more fun than you thought, and around 4:00 p.m., one of the care staff comes by with your afternoon medications. Then, it’s time for dinner in the dining room before heading back to your apartment to return a call to your granddaughter, who lives out of state.


Evening: You stroll out to the lobby to see who’s up for a visit, and end up chatting with one of your friends about life, their family and everything else that crosses your mind. You promise each other to attend the chair yoga class in the morning, and then you head back to your apartment. It’s nice that everything is all on one floor, so you don’t have to hassle with elevators or stairs. A care staf member helps you get dressed for bed, and then you read for a little bit before finally heading off to dreamland.

Did you notice what was missing? There wasn’t any laundry to do. No cooking except that cup of morning coffee (which you could’ve gotten from the drink station in the dining room if you’d run out or didn’t feel like making your own). And those days of cleaning house and shoveling sidewalks are long gone – it’s all taken care of. Sound good? We’re happy to make it happen for you or your loved one…whether it looks like the day we described or one that’s completely different. It’s your call! It’s your life! And we’re looking forward to creating a tailor-made lifestyle that speaks to you.

Melrose Meadows offers Assisted Living services in clean, warm apartment homes with an all-inclusive price structure. Our staff is award-winning and our community has been named One Of The Best In The Area several years running. Give us a call or schedule a visit to see why.

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Melrose Meadows Retirement Community
senior apartments in Iowa City

Phone: (319) 341-7893

Fax: (319) 248-1183

350 Dublin Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246, USA

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