Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to start looking into assisted living?
Here are 5 things to consider:
A daily routine
Even under the best circumstances, many seniors still struggle with a daily routine that is fulfilling. After retirement and the loss of a spouse and other loved ones, life can get lonely and dull. This isn’t to say this is a reality for everyone. Some seniors thrive thanks to their spare time. But for those who don’t, the lack of anything to look forward to can be emotionally draining. Assisted living facilities provide structure, routines and a reason to wake up excited every day, which leads us to the next thing you should consider.
Fun with friends
It is important for seniors to stay active … and to have friends to be active with. Living alone and slowing down can lead to missing out on the types of friendships you once had. Socialization among seniors has been linked to reduced stress, longer lifespan, better fitness, improved cardiovascular health, greater self-esteem, less anxiety and reduced risk for depression. We’ve also seen improvement in cognitive abilities and overall attitude.
At Savanna House, our facility is buzzing with activities such as arts and crafts, a beauty salon and spa, lounges and courtyards. We even have a movie theater. We have a calendar of events that stays full so that you have plenty of opportunities to make friends and have fun.
Dining and nutrition
Often, seniors who live alone tend to eat alone. While they’d certainly have that option in assisted living, we believe meals can be vibrant and fun. Nutrition plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle. A healthy senior diet can be one of the keys to longevity. Most of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are from chronic diseases. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day. Yet, just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At Savanna House, our menus are based on our residents’ personal tastes. They feature flavor and flare. Our food and the atmosphere in which it is served are designed to make you feel right at home. Whether you’re a resident or you’re visiting a loved one, we want you to have a delightful dining experience. Our experienced culinary team offers exciting new seasonal dishes and homestyle meals. Nearly everything is made from scratch.
Safe and sound
Aside from just being lonesome, living alone can be scary. Even with family members checking in from time to time, a bump in the night could create a worried mind and prevent restful sleep. But beyond that, there are the medical alert systems, shower grab-bars, shower chairs, wheelchair ramps, pill dispensers, and other items and services that all come with a price tag. Growing older in a home that is also aging can be difficult and costly. Assisted living facilities, on the other hand, are intentionally designed to meet your needs.
Mental and physical fitness
Because many assisted living residents are independent and mobile, some facilities don’t offer much beyond the basics. At Savanna House, our Memory Care program provides a community for our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We strive to create an environment that is comfortable and familiar by offering signature programs that make up an INSPIRATIONS Memory Care community, such as a personalized jukebox, recipes from the past and intergenerational programming. We use research-based methods to provide assistance with activities of daily living as well as family education and support groups. Our highly trained team works with our residents on a daily basis to support them through their memory loss.
While certain health issues are expected to arise with age, an active lifestyle can help stave off some of the problems that affect sedentary seniors. And it doesn’t require a lot of work. A recently concluded four-year study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that at least one hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week reduced the risk of mobility disability by 85 percent.
To explore the benefits of senior living at Savanna House, contact us today to schedule a tour with a member of our team.