How Activities Can Help Assisted Living Residents

Posted by Senior Solutions Management Group on Apr 24, 2012 12:10:24 PM | 2 minute read

It’s estimated that more than one million seniors live in assisted living communities. As the U.S. population grows, the need for a good assisted living centers increases.

When considering whether assisted living is the right choice for you or your loved one, look carefully at the range of activities available. One of the benefits of assisted living is the range of activities, events and outings. Activities are a key part of the person-centered care philosophy now followed at many communities.

Here are some reasons why activities help the assisted living resident feel content and proud of the community:

Activities provide a sense of purpose.

Residents want activities that are meaningful, such as those that produce or teach. Purposeful activities contribute to a resident’s self-image, which enhances their overall wellness. Here are some activities that we do. 

Activities foster connectedness.

Spending time with other residents helps keep minds sharp and lowers depression that can result from a sense of isolation. Assisted living residents that make meaningful connections with others feel like they're home, and that adds immeasurably to well-being.

Activities enhance physical welfare.

Physical activity is important for maintaining health. Many assisted living communities include walking clubs with onsite walking paths, exercise classes and yoga. Most communities include fitness rooms and staff to help each resident develop a customized exercise plan.

elderly woman gardening vegetablesActivities sustain lifetime interests.

Most residents bring a lifetime of interests, hobbies and abilities to their new community. The avid gardener still wants to garden; the gourmet cook wants to share recipes and try new ones; the scrapbooker wants to continue arts and crafts. Enabling residents to keep doing those things that they’ve always enjoyed is another key reason for a strong activity program.

Activities promote mental growth.

Senior living communities that offer a variety of activities to residents helps engage and stretch their mind. Residents take pride in learning something new and brag about it to their kids and grandkids.

Activities foster a sense of exploration and fun.

People who are having fun feel better and smile more often. Fun activities like bringing in a magician or having a sing-along can enrich the lives of the assisted living resident.

Activities that meet the physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident should be high on the priority list at any community.

Do you want your loved ones to maintain pride and a sense of ownership?

Assisted and independent living can be a rewarding and positive experience for the family. Learn how we've combined world-class care with the best practices in assisted living.

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