The number of seniors in the U.S. over the age of 65 is expected to rise to 21% of the population by the year 2050. This means there will be more than 80 million seniors living in the U.S. at the same time. Providing health care, daily support, housing, financial support and social opportunities for this growing population is a challenge for many communities and it brings up new questions for many families.
As a senior loved one ages, there are many things to consider, including the individual’s physical and mental health, social life, hobbies, happiness and their overall safety. If there are concerns about a senior living independently, a good first step is to examine the activities of daily living
Activities of daily living (ADLs) help to evaluate how a senior completes basic activities that contribute to daily life. ADLs can be broken down into six categories: Eating, Bathing and Personal Hygiene, Dressing, Continence, Toileting and Mobility
Advancing age can naturally decline a person’s physical function and ability to complete these activities. When considering a senior’s safety at home, other factors can also play a part. Concerns such as money management, growing isolation, poor hygiene or worsening medical conditions could also be signs that your loved one requires more daily support.
There are many levels of care for seniors who are no longer going to live at home. One of the most popular options is assisted living. When a person enters assisted living, they are usually able to do many activities on their own but may require assistance with one or several ADLs. Residents in assisted living usually have their own living space and have many opportunities for social activities, exercise and entertainment. At Anthology Senior Living’s assisted living communities, residents receive a care plan designed to support their individual needs and provide the support and assistance needed to live a full life each and every day.
Assisted Living Benefits
After a lifetime of taking care of others, seniors entering assisted living can look forward to enjoying the support and care they deserve. The programs and activities available at Anthology Senior Living’s assisted living communities are designed with the health and happiness of the residents in mind. Some of the benefits of ASL communities include:
Boredom Busters. With many hours of free time, seniors can find themselves searching for entertainment. At Anthology of Midlothian, residents have access to classes to pursue their interests and hobbies, communal gardens for outside social time, exercise and fitness programs, a game room and access to transportation for off-campus outings.
Support for ADLs. Assistance with activities of daily living can mean everything from help getting dressed to incontinence care or feeding help. At Anthology of Overland Park, the team partners closely with the necessary doctors and specialists to create an entire team of support for each resident.
Mental Stimulation. Intellectual stimulation is shown to slow cognitive decline. At Anthology of Farmington Hills, residents enjoy an available calendar of cultural, spiritual, recreational, fitness and social activities.
Safety. For seniors, safety considerations can range from ADLs to limiting tripping hazards. At Anthology of Plano, the environment is designed with seniors in mind. Each piece of furniture and décor was selected to help minimize fall risks, on-call staff members are available to residents and security is always a top priority.
Healthy Choices. A healthy lifestyle takes work at any age. However, elderly adults have unique nutrition and fitness needs. At Anthology of Northville, residents enjoy three gourmet meals prepared by an in-house chef and supervised by a registered dietitian, as well as fitness, exercise and wellness programs designed to engage residents of all activity levels.
Building Your Future
All of Anthology Senior Living’s assisted living communities provide warm, dynamic care in a supportive, engaging environment. The team at Anthology manages everything to allow our assisted living residents to enjoy each day to its fullest. We provide housekeeping services, linen-services, laundry and groundskeeping. Additionally, our highly certified care managers work closely with doctors and specialists, utilizing smart technology, to coordinate all resident care.
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