Why Senior Living May be Safer than Home Right Now

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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. 



Even if your loved one needs more care than can be provided at home, you may be hesitant to move them to senior living right now. You may be thinking staying put is safest for them during the pandemic. Yet surprisingly, senior living communities may be able to limit their exposure to COVID-19, perhaps even more so than at home. Here’s how.

Are you caring for a loved one yourself? At Vitality, we know it isn’t easy. That’s why we created a resource to help make caregiving days go a little more smoothly. The Caregiver’s Checklist: Supporting an Aging Parent covers a wide variety of topics ranging from creating a safe home environment to how to recognize the signs a senior needs more assistance. Download it with our compliments today!

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Senior Living is NOT a Nursing Home

In senior living you’ll find a continuum of care that includes independent living, assisted living and memory care. The first is more lifestyle focused and is for active seniors who need little daily assistance yet want carefree living with a range of social opportunities. Assisted living offers onsite care, 24-hour supervision and support with daily activities plus similar amenities and social opportunities to independent living. Memory care is specifically for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and features 24/7 support as well as specially-trained staff in a safe, nurturing environment.

On the other hand, nursing homes are for seniors with medical conditions requiring round-the-clock or specialized support such as wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, injections and catheter care. As such, the needs of nursing home residents require much closer (and ongoing) contact with healthcare providers than those in senior living. What’s more, as nursing homes are primarily a medical setting, residents live in smaller rooms often with a roommate which makes social distancing extremely difficult.

Senior Living Limits Exposure

Senior living communities like ours are 100 percent committed to limiting exposure to our residents, families and associates. Compared to home, we may have a better ability to limit exposure to COVID-19 by:

  • Strictly following the most up-to-date local, state and federal guidelines for cleaning, PPE and social distancing.
  • Making sure residents have everything they need under one roof so you don’t have to come in contact with risky, public touchpoints.
  • Limiting access to visitors and performing safety checks for everyone who does enter the community.
  • Having associates in place who are experienced with outbreaks and also providing ongoing training as new information becomes available on COVID-19.

Moving to Senior Living During COVID-19

To make sure the move-in process is safe and smooth, we have a range of safety precautions in place. For example, new move-ins are tested 72 hours prior to your move-in date as well as on day seven after move-in. New residents are also asked to shelter in their apartments until after the second COVID-19 test is negative.

Added Peace of Mind

At home, there are other concerns that can pose health risks to seniors during this time such as social isolation and lack of activity. But in senior living you won’t have to worry over any of these things. Our communities have a strong supply chain which eliminates concerns over out-of-stock necessities. We also offer residents ample technology resources as well as plenty of creative, socially distanced activities to keep them engaged and connected. What’s more, we have 24-hour staffing and access to testing so you can rest assured we’re able to respond quickly to any potential symptoms or concerns.

To learn more about senior living at Vitality, contact us to schedule a virtual tour.

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