The idea of senior living, assisted living and nurse-assisted living has for decades been associated with nursing homes. However, the reality is very different and far more practical as well as pleasant. Today’s senior living design is very much focused on making it easier for residents in their senior years to easily enjoy living as before, when they were in a detached home or regular apartment, with the addition of on-hand support, cleaning, cooking if needed, and community companionship.
Unlike a nursing home, which takes a very traditional medical approach, treating a person like a patient who needs control, today’s senior living is very much about freedom in one’s later years, augmenting that with assistance to enjoy that freedom as long as possible physically and mentally.
Community is a Top Priority
Separation anxiety, loneliness, and detachment takes a toll on mental health, which is a primary reason why senior apartments and senior living like that at Spring Creek Chalet and similar follow designs that enhance community connection and relationships. More importantly, that community brings people and residents together for regular networking and social support.
Research Supports Modern Senior Living Strategy
Based on multiple studies, a tremendous amount of stress and potential depression has been shown to be reduced in studies on senior living where residents have regular, daily connections versus those living separately without additional support. Concerns about safety, mobility, and loss of friends who have passed have been seen to contribute to increased loneliness and further depression without ongoing social support.
Non-Intrusive Services Make Life Better
Services make a big difference too. Senior living doesn’t come without challenges, most oftentimes with just daily activities and needs. With assistance, protection, mobility support, and reliable response, residents live far better and more comfortably than if they were on their own in traditional neighborhoods, highly dependent on only family or neighbors for help if they can’t arrange assistance. As health conditions increase with age, this need only increases over time.
Filling the Help Gap Missed in Daily Life
Senior living also provides an aspect often missed with other options. That comes in the form of living residence maintenance. Whether it’s plumbing services, repair, living environment improvement, and modifications, or periodic deep cleaning, these interests are often left to the residents or family to take care of without defined support. Senior living facilities address this concern directly, providing care for the given facility or home on an ongoing basis.