It's true that most seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes and age in place. But is that always the best decision? Although the majority of seniors resist moving to an assisted living community, a new study reports that 73 percent of families believe that a senior loved one’s quality of life improved after moving.
“What many families are surprised to learn is that not only do their parent’s lives improve, but their own life situation can positively change from a move into an assisted living or other senior living community. Often, families may be hesitant to start looking into the process because of preconceived notions about senior care. It’s important to start planning for senior living sooner rather than later as it can lead to a better outcome for everyone involved.”
Affordable Assisted Living Is Coming to New Albany, Indiana
There is a dire shortage in this country of affordable senior living communities for lower income seniors. If every community would try to follow this example, perhaps over time that shortage could be alleviated.
A new assisted living facility for low and very low income adults is expecting to open on Grant Line Road in New Albany by the end of 2017. The three-story facility, at 2632 Grant Line Road, will be for those who meet low-income income requirements and are over 62 years of age.
It will include a mix of 125 private, one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, which will include a kitchenette, private bathroom, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning and an emergency alert system.
The facility will also feature community areas, including a café, billiards room, barber/beauty salon, general store, library, exercise room, multipurpose rooms, a medical screening room and a room for on-site therapy or doctor visits.
Support services, such as three daily meals, housekeeping and laundry area also will be offered at the facility. Certified staff will be on duty 24/7 to assist residents and help with medications.
Poetry May Help Revive Memories in Seniors
We know that music reconnects memories in the minds of Alzheimer's patients. Many patients can recall song lyrics more readily than the names of their grandchildren. It seems that poetry also helps.
Two years ago Barbara Bald and friend Beth Fox decided to explore the possibility of reading poetry to assisted living residents of Sugar Hill Retirement Community in Wolfeboro.
They discovered that not only did residents seem to enjoy it but that the readings stirred memories. These sharing sessions became a way of helping folks connect with each other on a deeper level, and Bald and Fox still are reading to these residents twice every month, and wherever possible, turning their thoughts into poems.
Bay City Comfort Care Opens in Bangor Township, MI
A new $4 million, 39,000-square-foot assisted living care facility in Bay County's Bangor Township is officially open, with residents expected to move in after the weekend.
New Memory Care and Assisted Living Opening in Overland Park, KS
Senior Lifestyle is opening a new community in a mixed-use development in Overland Park. It looks pretty spiffy, and Senior Lifestyle always does a great job taking care of its residents.
Slated for completion in early 2017, The Sheridan at Overland Park is currently accepting leases for its 116 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, which include assisted living and memory care units ranging in size from 315 to 920 square feet.
"The Sheridan is unique in that it blends the latest concepts in senior living design with a warm and nurturing environment, all specifically programmed around residents and their families," said Peter Crane, executive director of The Sheridan at Overland Park. "It will reflect the consummate level of expert care that has distinguished our family-owned company since its founding more than three decades ago."
The Sheridan will include a full suite of luxury amenities and services, including a bistro dining and gathering spot, chef-prepared meals, Wellness Monitoring, best-in-class memory care and 24-hour access to licensed care staff. Additionally, its location along U.S. 69 near College Boulevard and Switzer Road provides easy access to nearby churches and synagogues, as well as shopping, banking and entertainment destinations.
Assisted Living Communities Continue to Evolve
Many people still confuse assisted living communities with nursing homes. Although help with the activities of daily living is available in an assisted living setting, these communities are more about providing a supportive setting for seniors to enjoy their lives to the fullest.
The philosophy behind an assisted living facility is to provide personalized resident-centered care, by meeting the needs of individual preference. These community-based facilities are designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. But providing personalized healthcare, personal assistance and meals is only a small portion of what an assisted living community has to offer. As the sun rises and sets, the bar for standardized care and general living standards continues to rise.