With the heightened concern about how senior citizens are living in retirement today, there has been a fixed set of amenities that many believe to be staples in assisted living. Here is a list of practical must-haves for our seniors:
On-site assistance: Seniors need to be provided with human assistance for their various needs. This can mean having an able body to guide them in going to the bathroom, or perhaps having someone to simply remind them to take their medication.
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Complete housekeeping and utility services: When people get older, they tend to be more physically sensitive to nature’s elements. This is why regular housekeeping goes a long way in assisted living. Senior homes today have responsive handymen to manage issues on plumbing and electricity.
Transportation: With so much unpredictability in the life of a senior citizen, transportation should always be ready for them. The degree of urgency there is in the trip hardly matters. It’s true that seniors need to have easy transport to the hospital if needed. But if they need to go to the grocery or some other leisure place, they also need to be served accordingly.
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Wellness programs: The objective of assisted living is the fulfilment of the overall well-being of a senior citizen. If they are not healthy, this affects every aspect of their lives. They need to have a venue for group exercises to be held and they need a facilitator for this. Assisted living is not complete without a health professional in the area.
Recreational activities: Recreation makes senior citizens feel alive and happy. Assisted living facilities should include simple parks as well as libraries. These need to be furnished with places where seniors can read, play chess, play cards, or even simple sports.
Alan Naul leads the Javelin Group, which specializes in building, sponsoring, and investing in commercial real estate in the senior living and hospitality sectors. A fuller scale of the company’s services can be viewed on their website.