Over the last several months, many families have made the decision to keep their aging parents or loved ones at home, instead of moving into a senior living community, out of fear of exposure to COVID-19. At The Classic, we have heard many time over that adult children are overwhelmed, tired, and not focused on their own self-care, but they still worry about mom or dad moving into a community setting. There truly are some definite reasons why moving into a senior living community sooner actually may be the right option:
- Vaccination and Availability of Medical Resources
Senior living communities like The Classic are partnering with pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens to administer COVID-19 vaccines to their residents and staff. A first round of vaccines has already been given to our population with a second vaccine due to be administered shortly. You can be assured that your loved one is receiving the vaccine and any ongoing boosters at no cost without having to be exposed to other individuals as they would possibly be at a clinic or other health care center.
- Exercise and Physical Health
Especially for those with memory loss, engagement and exercise are critical for overall health. The Classic offers a wealth of activities that are purposefully designed for our individual residents. With team members onsite daily to provide leadership for these activities, it prevents the need to bring in outside providers or trainers which increases the risk of exposure. Having onsite activity leaders also allows a bond to be formed between staff and residents making them more likely to join in the fun.
- Safety and Security
Private residences may run out of resources like food, toiletries, medications, or other necessities that senior communities have their fingertips. Senior communities are often well-stocked with all necessary items no toilet paper shortages here. In addition, adequate senior communities will monitor deliveries, use hand sanitizer, have amplification of cleaning procedures, and ensure that the limited visitors to the community follow proper safety protocols.
- Connection in a Time of Social Distancing
Many seniors are currently isolated in their homes and have been for several months. This can make it difficult to keep connected with family. Senior communities like The Classic continue to offer scheduled in-person family visits as well as access to video technology so families and loved ones can stay in touch. Our Life Enrichment team continues to come up with creative ways to provide activities that are safe and fun.
- Less Strain and Stress, More Focus on Your Relationship with Your Loved One
As you are well aware, it can be straining to offer help and care to your elderly loved ones while also keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. By helping mom or dad transition and move into a new home in a senior living community, younger family members are liberated from caregiving roles and instead can spend more meaningful time with their loved ones. Families constantly express how appreciative they are of the individualized care and engagement provided for their loved one and how they wish they had decided to make the choice sooner.
Whether you are searching for independent living, assisted living, or memory care, The Classic has made the purposeful choice to dedicate our staff to providing exemplary care. You can be assured that your loved ones are good hands!