It has often been said that “necessity is the mother of invention; discontent is the father progress.” Human advancement has provided so many things that enhance and extend our lives, yet much of the senior living industry still operates with outdated values and technology. The time has come to embrace progress and enhance the lives of our elders through wellness.
Honesty is the best policy. But what if the person you are talking to is experiencing a completely different reality due to the effects of chronic neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia? Therapeutic fibbing is a technique that many care experts employ to reduce unnecessary stress and confusion in their residents’ lives.
Many people enjoy the seasons of solitude, whether being engrossed in a book, walking through the woods, or listening to music. However, being alone and feeling lonely are two separate realities. Loneliness is a struggle for many seniors in assisted living, even though they are often physically surrounded by others. How do your residents perceive their community, social support, and feeling of belonging? There are systems to solves social isolation.
Caring for seniors that are suffering from dementia can be difficult. Assisted living residents can become upset easily, oftentimes taking out their anger on those who care for them. It’s important to realize that they aren’t acting out to be difficult, but because they’re dealing with internal struggles or basic needs that aren’t being met, and they aren’t as easily able to communicate these issues to those around them. These are sensitive situations for family and caregivers and understanding the senior, their needs, and patterns of behavior can help shed light on how to respond in a more helpful way that will benefit all involved.
The assisted living industry is a competitive one that requires RAL owners to seek excellence. One way that you can help your RAL business and distinguish yourself from the rest is to create a home tour experience for prospective residents that shows off the best of what you have to offer. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential resident…What are they looking for? What needs do they have?
Fifty million people across the world are struggling with dementia. And although doctors and scientists are still unsure exactly what causes this condition, there are many factors that can be addressed to reduce the risk and severity of this disease. Residential assisted living has the opportunity to be at the forefront of dementia prevention and management. Adapting your RAL home for memory care is a great way to Do Good and Do Well.
Everyone can appreciate the feeling you get when you hear your favorite song. Music has the power to take us back in time, and to evoke memories and feelings from the past. Hearing a song you love can offer comfort and cheer during times of sadness, and can even turn a bad mood around almost instantly. Music therapy has been proven to help seniors restore and maintain their health, as well as help them recall memories and fight depression.