Do most assisted living communities provide Wifi access?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Today's seniors are more connected than ever before, with personal computers, tablets, iPads, and smartphones. Many grandparents use Skype or video chat to stay connected to children and grandchildren, while some sign on to photo sharing sites regularly to view photos and videos. Internet access is an important part of living a fulfilling life for many people these days – seniors included.

    Most assisted living communities provide secure, password-protected Wifi access as an amenity to residents. This connection may come from a dedicated connection, or the entire community may be set up as a Verizon, AT&T or cable provider “hotspot,” like many coffee houses, airports, and other public places.

    Whatever form it may take, most assisted living communities do offer complimentary Wifi. Residents and visitors can access the Internet from devices in their room or in common areas. Some assisted living communities even have computer labs where residents can take lessons or workshops and learn how to use popular programs and apps, or simply use the computers in a more social setting than their own quarters.

    In your search for an assisted living community, you may find a few assisted living communities without on-site Wifi access, which means that residents would have to pay for an Internet connection through a service provider, such as the local cable company.