Posted: August 25, 2020
Living with COVID-19 over the past several months has been stressful for everyone, particularly with the senior population, many of whom felt isolated before the coronavirus hit. While it may seem that group environments like assisted living communities are not the right choice right now, for many, it’s a better option than living alone and not having adequate support.
Many people are often confused about the difference between assisted living and nursing homes. The main difference between the two is the level of medical care. While assisted living may have a nursing staff and a health clinic, its primary focus is to help residents with the activities of daily living.
Assisted living communities are for people who can still take care of themselves for the most part. But it might be time for assisted living when people might just need—or enjoying having—assistance with cooking, household tasks, and personal care. Residents still enjoy a private space, such as an apartment or condominium, and have their own bathroom and kitchen.
Couples are generally able to live together in assisted living, which should be something to consider when choosing an assisted living floor plan. There is transportation available when residents need to leave for doctor appointments or shopping trips.
Social isolation increases the risk of depression and cognitive decline in older adults. While COVID19 has changed the way we approach Life Enrichment, residents at Dayspring Villa are provided with opportunities daily opportunities to engage in exercise, games, arts and crafts other activities within the safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Social distancing has made technology more important than ever when it comes to reaching out to loved ones safely. Given that many older adults don’t have the latest electronic devices in their homes, being in an assisted living community that is equipped with the latest technology can help ensure residents stay in touch with family and friends. We use video platforms, such as Facetime and Skype, to ensure residents still feel connected to children and grandchildren during isolation. If residents are not comfortable with technology, we have Life Enrichment Coordinators who can help.
Senior living communities can provide significant advantages to residents and their families with robust prevention protocols, access to medical monitoring, and safe socialization. Some seniors may be safer in assisted living than at home. Given the strict protocols around hygiene, social distancing, face masks, and assisted living communities continue to be a safe option.
The clinical teams that are part of Christian Living Communities’ senior living communities receive daily briefings from government and health professionals. These teams use this information to update protocols and procedures across the community. Residents can feel confident they are receiving the best care available to keep them safe and healthy.
From its well-designed apartment homes to its location just blocks from Sloan’s Lake Park, Dayspring Villa’s inclusive community offers all of the amenities of maintenance-free apartment living and extra support seniors need to live life to the fullest. Dayspring Villa offers residents a carefree way of living with a variety of amenities and healthy dining plans.
Dayspring Villa firmly believes that we never stop learning and growing regardless of our age.