Senior care has come a long way over the past few decades. What used to be thought of as a place to sit and while away your years playing bingo is now a center of wellness, active lifestyles, and learning. Today, we’ll talk about a few of the newest trends in assisted living that have shifted the paradigm for senior care.
Technology. Although today’s technology might seem a bit alien to many seniors, new technologies are being developed every day that improve the quality of life for seniors.
- Communication – Facetime and other communication apps and services help seniors stay in touch more often with friends and family members who don’t live near their assisted living facilities. Increased interaction with people they love makes seniors feel happier, relaxed, and more secure in their surroundings.
- Entertainment – Though they didn’t grow up with tablets and smartphones, these user-friendly devices give seniors a wide variety of entertaining apps, games, and video programs that help them stay mentally sharp while having fun.
- Information – Years ago, we had to rely on encyclopedias and in-person classes to learn new things or find out about specific topics, such as health conditions. The internet has changed all that, although seniors need to be educated about ways to find accurate information. Knowledge helps people feel more secure and empowered and keeps senior minds focused and alert.
- Autonomy – For seniors who can no longer drive, services like Uber and Lyft have become a mainstay. Inexpensive rides are available on demand, whether they need a quick trip to the store, a doctor’s visit, or a relaxing shopping trip to the mall.
Lifestyle activities. We still play bingo, but activities at senior centers have broadened into a wide variety of choices for different interests. At many assisted living facilities, you can take classes on topics of interest like computers, crafts, or healthy cooking; participate in organized game nights or outings to museums, restaurants, and theaters; explore new topics and perspectives through book clubs; and participate in healthy exercise programs like yoga or tai chi. Today’s assisted living facilities offer a full menu of interesting, person-centered activities.
Expanded amenities. Spaces in senior living facilities used to be restrictive, but now they’ve been designed to feel like home. Assisted living facilities provide attractive apartments with full kitchens, spacious closets and bathrooms, and beautiful landscaping. Everything needed is on site, such as laundry facilities, hair salons, gift shops, and libraries. Transitioning to an assisted living facility is easier when it feels like home, and senior facility designers know how to provide everything needed for a healthy, relaxing lifestyle.
If you or your loved one is considering a move to assisted living, Ashbridge Manor Senior Living will help make a smooth transition into a new, active, healthy lifestyle with peace of mind. Our facilities are designed to make you feel at home, with top-notch amenities and interesting activities with a sense of community. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information.