Atria residents on life before and after assisted living

Meet residents who enjoy a greater sense of well-being through community living.

February 06, 2024

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For older adults who want to maintain their independence, assisted living offers a safe and supportive environment to do just that.

Meet a few of the residents who have enjoyed a greater sense of well-being at Atria.

Jim and Rhea

Late one night, Rhea discovered her husband, Jim, lying on the kitchen floor, unable to get up. At 91, he was developing symptoms of dementia along with a heart condition that made him weak. For two years, Rhea had been her husband’s only caregiver and, at 88, she said she felt worn down.

“I had to take care of our four-bedroom house, pay the bills, deal with yard work, laundry,” Rhea said. “I was also taking care of my husband, who had just gotten out of the hospital. I had to do everything.”

Rhea knew caring for Jim on her own was no longer an option. After visiting four assisted living communities, the couple moved to Atria.

“Life here is absolutely wonderful,” said Rhea. “The staff has helped me so much by caring for my husband.”

With her husband receiving support and care services daily, Rhea feels more rested. She loves having time to read and sew, and even made Christmas gifts for the entire Atria staff. The couple also enjoys community events and gathering with neighbors.

“We’re extremely happy here,” said Rhea. “The staff is lovely, the food is good, the people are kind and generous. We are very, very content.”

Jean

After her husband passed away, Jean suffered a minor stroke. She continued living alone in her house.

When stopping by to visit, Jean’s children found her lying on the floor, unconscious. That’s when Jean’s daughter insisted her mother move across the country to be closer. They started searching for assisted living communities, and that’s when they found Atria.

“I’m so much better off than if I’d stayed in my house,” Jean said. “The support we get here is grade-A, and they make everything so fun and happy. Being here takes a lot of worry off my daughter’s mind.”

Maurine and Larry

After 55 years in their home on Long Island, Maurine and Larry needed a change. At 92, Larry had suffered a few falls and relied on a walker to get around. Maurine, 89, has balance issues and was finding it difficult to keep hauling laundry and groceries up and down stairs.

With help from their four children, the couple began looking for assisted living options. Shortly after starting the search, they found Atria, and Maurine says she and Larry are thrilled with their decision.

“I don’t have to carry bundles up the stairs anymore,” said Maurine. “They do the housekeeping, the laundry – which is great – and meals are prepared for us.”

Maurine and Larry are also improving their strength, balance and flexibility with occupational therapy sessions twice a week, and they both enjoy participating in the community’s classes and events.

“Life is a lot easier.”

Discover how empowering the right care can be at Atria Senior Living at ExploreAtriaCare.com.

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