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There’s More to Senior Living than Care

Care is still key in senior living, but with it now offering lifestyles that support overall wellness, see why seniors are moving sooner.

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    Care has always been a core component of senior living. However, in today’s senior living communities there’s much more to the experience. In fact, while care absolutely still has its place, communities have now broadened the focus to create lifestyles that support overall wellness so you can make the most of life both today and tomorrow. This shift is prompting more and more seniors to make the move to senior living sooner – and while perfectly healthy! Learn more about why.

    A Continuum of Care

    Senior living has always provided care for seniors whose health was such that they could no longer care for themselves. But the industry has realized that one-size fits all doesn’t actually fit ALL seniors. What about those who simply need a little help to support their independence? Or those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that need specialized care? How about seniors that don’t need care at all right now but would like to have peace of mind that it’s available if and when they do need it?

    That’s why senior living now offers a continuum that’s designed to provide a more customized lifestyle experience with these levels of care:

    • Independent Living – Designed for active seniors who are seeking more social and enrichment opportunities than they would have at home, as well as a lifestyle free of chores and home upkeep. Seniors in independent living are typically able to manage their personal care and medications on their own.
    • Assisted Living – The lifestyle in Assisted Living is designed for seniors who many need some support with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, transportation and medication reminders. Associates are onsite 24/7 with the goal to offer just enough assistance to empower your independence.
    • Memory Care – This environment is designed exclusively to nurture seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in a comfortable yet secure setting. Associates are specifically-trained in memory care and there’s onsite care 24/7 as well as therapy, activities and social opportunities that fit each resident’s cognitive abilities.

    Opportunities to Age Well

    As we mentioned above, physical health is only one dimension of overall wellness. In fact, the International Council on Active Aging has identified seven dimensions of wellness: physical emotional, intellectual, vocational, social, spiritual and environmental. You’ll find the lifestyles in today’s senior living communities support all these dimensions.

    That’s why so many senior living communities have activity directors dedicated to keeping the ever-changing monthly calendar filled with social, fitness, creative and enrichment opportunities to fit any interest. What’s more, communities offer a range of amenities and services. For example, we feature:

    • Spacious Floor Plans
    • Charming Common Spaces
    • Beautifully Landscaped Grounds
    • 24/7 Personal Care Staff
    • Customized Service Plans
    • Housekeeping
    • Laundry Services
    • Concierge Services
    • Scheduled Transportation
    • Emergency Response
    • Maintenance
    • Delicious Dining Choices 
    • Full-Service Salons
    • Planned Excursions
    • Theaters
    • Libraries
    • Pet-Friendly Communities
    • All Utilities (except phone)

    The convenience of it all contributes to wellness too as you have everything you need right outside your door. Plus you no longer have to worry about being alone, the burden of taking care of the house, lack of transportation or unexpected expected expenses. 

    Communities often have multiple levels of care on the same campus as well, so not only can you enjoy a lifestyle that fits your needs and wants now, you also have peace of mind that you can transition should your health needs evolve yet still remain in familiar surroundings.

    For more information on our senior living options, contact us today to schedule a virtual tour.

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