Why the Right Environment Matters in a Retirement Community

Homes for the aged are generally for older people who are sick and require help with daily living. These are elderly that want to continue daily activities, but want to live with dignity. There are many retirement communities that offer this kind of assistance.

Assisted Living Facilities

Facilities providing assistance are conducive for the elderly to age well with poise and self esteem. Many centers offering this kind of care in Boston, such as Springhouse Senior Living Community, allow the elderly to continue with a certain level of independence. These services can be customized to suit the individual requirement.

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What to Expect

Providers of such services can accommodate around 100 to 120 individuals, although this number may vary. Each individual or couple live in their own apartment and have their own set of keys to the accommodation. Meals are served in a dining room, where social interaction is encouraged. The individuals can pick and chose from the menu’s options.

These communities often have a café, theatre, and a private dining room. They also have a library, activities room, beauty salon, and a barber and fitness room. The individual is first assessed by a doctor or a nurse before they move in. This is to ensure that they can offer the assistance currently required. The fees for this kind of care are added on to the accommodation and other maintenance charges of the apartment. Special care sometimes includes:

  • Medication management (including storing, administering and reordering)
  • Bathing assistance (including just stand-by assistance to enter and exit the shower, or complete assistance to bathe and dry)
  • Dressing assistance
  • Grooming assistance
  • Toilet assistance (including maintenance of hygiene, assistance with sanitary needs)
  • Transfer assistance (including help while moving from the bed to wheel chair or accompanying for meals in a wheel chair)

Some communities also offer laundry services, pet care, and scheduling of doctor appointments. The level of care to be administered is decided by the state and this cannot be exceeded. Some cases might require intense care. Such patients will have to be relocated for their own safety and well being. Individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s need extra care so they cannot be kept at these places. Similarly, diabetics, individual with feeding tubes and in-dwelling catheters also need more attention, which cannot be provided at these centers.