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Would my parent benefit from moving into a senior living community?


Posted on June 16, 2021 by Admin


Many older adults reach the stage where they ask themselves whether they’d prefer to stay at home or move into a senior living community. People enjoy living at home because it’s familiar and they view home as the place where they connect with friends and family. Senior living communities , however, offer all those advantages and more . Here are just a few of the ways that residents benefit from senior living communities .

Staying connected

Perhaps the core benefit of a senior living community is that it fosters an environment where residents stay engaged with other people so much that the atmosphere is like a family. That familial warmth extends to the interactions between other residents, their families and staff members, which helps create a feeling of belonging that anchors an entire community.

Receiving consistent care

Senior living communities assess residents before they move in to determine the care services they could benefit from the most (if they need it). Afterwards, other assessments are conducted regularly to ensure that residents are healthy and enjoying the benefits of the right senior living option . That way, children and family members can enjoy the time they spend with their parents, knowing they are receiving the care they need.

Pursuing passions

Once older adults join a community, they often find their list of daily to-dos shrinks, which allows them to rediscover the passions they always enjoyed. A good senior living community will also provide residents with ample opportunities to explore new interests – listening to guest lectures on a bevy of topics, painting outside or swimming in the pool.

Providing a healthy lifestyle

Research indicates that community living is often a healthier option for older adults, providing a suite of benefits that can’t be found at home. Take a look at our breakdown of the moving vs. staying debate – and contact us to see how Atria can help benefit you.

 

If you or someone you know wants to learn more about Atria, visit  AtriaSeniorLiving.com / FindACommunity  to discover the location nearest you. 


Category: Active Aging, Caregiver Support, Community, Lifestyle, Wit & Wisdom

Independent living, assisted living and nursing homes: What’s the difference?


Posted on June 8, 2021 by Admin


People who aren’t familiar with senior living communities sometimes assume that they are all the same. But the distinctions between three of the major senior living options – independent living, assisted living and nursing homes – can be substantial. So here are some helpful points of clarification on the differences between each one. 

Independent living 

If you are an older adult leading an active lifestyle, you are probably best suited for an independent living community. Your residence options might include an apartment, a villa or a duplex. The staff in the community takes care of household tasks, which frees up your schedule to do  things that you love – whether it’s traveling, hiking in the mountains with your son or getting to know other residents. You can also enjoy community events such as exercise classes, guest lecture series or happy hours. Think of independent living as an option that gives you all the comforts of home without any of the burdens of homeownership. 

Assisted living 

Older adults who choose assisted living housing options want to enjoy chef-prepared meals, group outings and help with household tasks just like independent living options, with the added benefit of caregiver support available 24/7. Residents can select a range of assistance options. Some residents may benefit from living in memory care neighborhoods. Others may ask for assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming and safety checks. Assisted living communities often employ full-time licensed nurses or a physician to serve as another layer of professional, discreet support. 

Nursing homes 

The function of a nursing home is to provide medical assistance to seniors who need round-the-clock monitoring and care. The residents who live in nursing homes often have conditions best treated with long-term palliative care or prescription medication administration. They may also require specialized rehabilitative services such as speech or occupational therapy. The primary focus of nursing homes is to provide 24-hour supervision and medical attention. 

At Atria, we offer independent living and assisted living options customized to individual preferences – whether residents are looking to be free of the burdens of homeownership or need discreet daily support. No matter how much – or how little – assistance any given resident would prefer, contact us to see how we can cater to your individual needs. 

 

If you or someone you know wants to learn more about Atria, visit AtriaSeniorLiving.com/FindACommunity to discover the location nearest you. 


Category: Active Aging, Caregiver Support, Community, Dementia & Memory Care, Lifestyle, Wit & Wisdom

Three ways that senior living communities benefit older adults


Posted on June 2, 2021 by Admin


At a certain point, older adults often have the conversation with their adult children about whether it makes more sense for them to remain in their homes or to join a senior living community. The decision is a crucial one. Considering the emerging research on the importance of social and emotional support from others, becoming part of a community that cares about you can be better for your health and well-being than living in your home. Here are just a few reasons why.  

They’re convenient 

Residents who move into senior living communities often remark that they feel relief after downsizing and moving out of their homes, in large part because being a homeowner means shouldering the responsibilities of mowing the lawn, fixing the gate latch whenever it breaks or calling the plumber when the sink clogs. At a senior living community, the staff does all that work for you, so you can spend your day doing the things you love. Plus, the amenities that might span a town or neighborhood – gyms, movie theaters, patios, pubs, salons – are all located within your new community, and the convenience of that proximity would make anyone feel at home. 

They offer opportunities to learn and grow 

On the subject of convenience: Not only are the amenities nearby – so are other residents. Moving into a new community means finding new opportunities to make friends. People who have lived in their home for decades sometimes realize one day that they don’t know anyone on the street, or they stopped popping by neighbors’ houses years ago. Life at a high-quality senior living community should include a calendar of guest lectures, exercise programs, painting classes and other chances to meet residents who live down the hall or across the courtyard. Those workshops and series foster chances to seek connections with other people, and rediscover interests such as intellectual topics, athletics or other subjects that residents are passionate about. 

They let families be families again 

Older adults also tend to find that when they move into a senior living community, any strain in their family relationships eases up, because the staff provides the care that was previously done by their adult children when they lived at home. Look for a quality of care at a senior living community that empowers older adults to enjoy a high quality of life – which includes reconnecting with their children as children, rather than as caregivers. 

Home means security, comfort and safety. That’s why Atria Senior Living offers residents the familiarity and peace of mind of home with the added benefit of the fun and vibrancy of a built-in community. As we like to say here: People belong together. 

 

If you or someone you know wants to learn more about Atria, visit AtriaSeniorLiving.com/FindACommunity to discover the location nearest you. 


Category: Active Aging, Community, Lifestyle, Wit & Wisdom

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