This year, National Assisted Living Week was recognized during the second full week of September, from the 11th to the 17th. The Traditions Senior Living community was busy celebrating all the joys and benefits that assisted living provides its residents and those who surround them. This year’s theme was “Family is Forever.” It recognizes the special bond formed between residents and those who work and volunteer in these communities. The dedication and consideration that caregivers exude develops into a deep emotional attachment, where both caregivers and residents begin to think of each other as family. This holiday is an opportunity for residents, their loved ones, caregivers, volunteers, and the surrounding community to recognize and celebrate the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a popular long-term senior living option that provides assistance to older adults with everyday life tasks, such as dressing, bathing, eating, etc. Other personal care services offered include: transportation, security, housekeeping, recreational activities, medication reminders and help managing medication schedules, and health care management. These types of communities are best suited for individuals who do not require extensive medical care or nursing aid.
A new concept just 30 years ago, assisted living is gaining in popularity because older adults can maintain their independence while receiving assistance as needed. Many seniors, with the help of their families, choose to move into an assisted living community because it relieves them of the burden of house maintenance duties or they are lonely but unable to drive. Not only does assisted living offer seniors a relaxed and safe environment, it creates a community of respect and support between residents and those who surround them.
What are the Benefits of Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities provide many of the comforts of home without the added responsibility of upkeep. As well, there are many social opportunities available for residents to enjoy. Socialization is linked to a longer life span, as social activities can be a source of happiness and a reason to get up in the morning. Older adults who live at home in isolation are often lonely and become depressed. This can lead to a loss of appetite, sedentary habits, and decreased overall health. However, assisted living communities are proactive about engaging their residents and helping them lead active and social lives.
These communities also take on the responsibility of managing a resident’s care. This can include managing medication schedules and giving reminders about taking medication, serving nutritious meals, offering opportunities for exercise, and providing transportation for residents to and from doctor’s appointments. These amenities help ensure that residents are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and that any health concerns are continually addressed by a qualified practitioner. Relieving residents of the burden to manage their health can decrease stress and frees up the resident to enjoy other activities.
Lastly, a resident’s safety and security are top priorities for assisted living communities. Decreasing the risk for injury or wandering can alleviate stress for both patients and their families. Building layouts are designed with elderly residents in mind. Accommodations are often single level and do not require the use of stairs, handle bars are placed along walls and in bathrooms, light switches are abundant and in easy to reach places, floors are free from hazards such as rugs or signs, and a skilled nursing staff is available 24/7 in case of an emergency.
Assisted living communities provide the safety and comforts that can lead to a higher quality of life for residents. At Traditions, we understand the needs of our residents in order to help them lead happy and healthy lives. Looking for a true partner in care? Turn to us.