A Look at the Senior Living Care Options in Senior Living Communities

A Look at the Senior Living Care Options in Senior Living Communities

When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 

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Senior living communities work hard to ensure residents have everything needed to live safe, comfortable, carefree, and healthy lifestyles. Today’s older adults need to understand the senior living care options when choosing their next home. Your health, activity level, and personal interests must all factor into your senior living lifestyle choice. 

You’ll find that you have many choices regarding senior living. The senior living industry is more competitive than ever, and senior living communities are meeting the demand with a variety of care options.  

Are you considering senior living and trying to determine the best options for yourself or a loved one? Here’s a detailed look at the care options in senior living communities. 

Assisted Living 

According to a 2022 Consumer Affairs report, there are nearly 30,000 assisted living communities in the United States, with more than 810,000 residents. Assisted living communities are designed for older adults who need help with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting.   

The following services and amenities are usually available in assisted living communities: 

  • Apartment-style living spaces 
  • Transportation to appointments and shopping 
  • Chef-prepared meals 
  • Housekeeping and maintenance services 
  • Planned social events and recreational activities 
  • Fitness classes 
  • State-of-the-art fitness centers 
  • Medication assistance 
  • Laundry services 
  • Classes 
  • Spas and salons 
  • Pools 

Assisted living communities allow older adults to maintain independence and enjoy life in the company of their peers.  

Check out Vitality Living for a look at what life is like in an assisted living community! 

Download this helpful Family Decision Toolkit from Vitality Living.

 

Retirement and Active Adult Living 

You work for years and count down the days to retirement! Imagine an easy-going carefree retirement without the responsibilities of home maintenance, repairs, housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and lawn care. 

Now imagine spending your days relaxing, socializing over dinner, or having a delicious cocktail with other adults! 

Retirement communities are perfect for people who want to discover new interests and have various social opportunities in a safe and fun environment. 

Active adult communities give active adults various opportunities to participate in multiple vibrant and engaging activities and events. 

This is the reality for many older adults who live in retirement and active adult communities: 

  • Planned events and activities 
  • Ability to explore hobbies and discover new passions 
  • Golf courses 
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals 
  • Restaurants, pubs, and cafes 
  • Spacious apartments, condos, and single-family homes 
  • Fitness and Yoga classes 
  • Swimming pools 
  • Travel opportunities 
  • Health and wellness lifestyle 
  • Maintenance and repair services 
  • Walking trails 
  • Gazebos, gardens, and covered patios 

Memory Care 

Memory care communities offer people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia a safe and supportive environment. 

Memory care units are specifically designed for memory care patients; residents receive customized care plans from staff members and physicians who are specially trained and educated in memory care. 

These communities have specialized design choices, including lighting and colors tailored to the relaxation and cognitive needs of people with memory loss.  

In addition, to the high-level memory care support, residents have access to the following: 

  • Assistance with personal care and grooming 
  • Secure environments to prevent wandering and injuries 
  • Care plans that are designed for independence and engagement 
  • Fitness and recreational activities 
  • Planned events and social activities 

Memory care communities and their staff are excellent sources of support and information for residents’ families. 

For more information about assisted, retirement, active adult, and memory care download this helpful Family Decision Toolkit from Vitality Living. 

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