Is alcohol available at most assisted living communities?

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

    If someone's a resident at an assisted living community, it usually means they require help with their day-to-day routines, and some are on medications to manage short-term and long-term issues. It's not always a sure bet that an assisted living community provides alcohol to its residents due to the dangers of mixing it with over-the-counter remedies or prescription drugs. In fact, every facility has different rules and regulations regarding alcohol consumption.

    Over-imbibing can lead to a loss of balance in residents of all ages, but especially those with age-related health issues – and the last thing anyone wants is to take a tumble and hurt themselves. But with proper oversight – and sometimes, your physician's permission – some communities may make alcoholic drinks available to residents at mealtimes in a common room and during special times, such as scheduled happy hour events where they can enjoy a cocktail and socialization.

    Residents can also bring alcohol into their residences, just like any other homeowner, unless the community strictly forbids it – make sure to check the rules before imbibing. Otherwise, having a glass or wine with dinner or a beer with friends can be the perfect end to your day. Just remember – as with most everything else in life, enjoy it in moderation.