How Senior Care Is Changing-For the Better

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You may have preconceived notions of what senior care looks like, whether you are pondering it for yourself or a loved one. However, with a growing population of people using these type of facilities, the facilities themselves need to be able to adapt their changing needs and desires. This includes keeping in mind what the seniors themselves and adult children want.

One way that the old stereotypes are getting challenged is the idea of location. The classic concept would be somewhere peaceful and out of the way. There will always be a use for these, but some senior care facilities are beginning to look for space in urban areas and someplace that may be a cultural hotspot rather than a quiet place to live.

There are some different reasons for this: children want proximity to their parents, seniors demand cultural connection and a chance to enjoy the benefits of a community while still feeling like part of a larger community. Some recent requirements are access to arts and cultural attractions, social surroundings outside of the housing, stores, transportation options, as well as partnership with community programs. Being safe and secure is important, but now, senior care housing has become fun.  Even the layout of certain units is reflecting this concept. Some facilities are trying to move towards looks that emulate a traditional apartment.

In addition, we’re seeing more investment in recreational programs, whether it’s about entertainment, exercise, or even continued learning. As the opportunities for seniors grow across the world, this potential is reflected in care facilities.

Another thing to consider is that as the demand grows, there is going to be a greater need for skilled healthcare professionals, just like there would be in any other industry. To give you an idea of all the different people who make your memory care in San Diego experience great, check out the following list:

  • Certified Nurse Aides
  • Resident Caregivers
  • Medication Aides
  • Registered Nurses
  • Resident Services
  • LPNs
  • Other Nursing Staff

This isn’t including a variety of other people you may encounter over the course of your senior care journey, like at-home caregivers or people who come to these facilities for entertainment or events. As demand grows, you’re going to have more professionals who see all the different opportunities at hand. This means an influx of skilled medical professionals who are ready to make your experience the best possible for years to come. Overall, if you’re on the fence about facilities, now’s the time to leave your preconceived notions at the door.

5 Things I Learned Working With Seniors

 

Paradise Village employee, James AllenMy first job working with seniors

 

Next month will mark my one year anniversary of working for Paradise Village, a great retirement community in National City, CA. They offer assisted and independent living along with many amenities including a coffee shop, fine dining, beauty salon, credit union, health clinic, Olympic-length heated pool, library, theater with seating for 200+, and more.

 

I began working at Paradise Village as a contractor, assisting just the employees with on-site tech support. After about one month I transitioned into being a part-time employee and I also began working with seniors (residents, as we refer to them) and their family members, handling IT/tech-related questions.  Overall I’ve had great experiences working with all the residents and staff on campus. Since this was my first job in the senior living industry, I’ve had quite a few learning opportunities. If you are taking care of your elderly parents and need help during the day while you work then enroll them in a elder day care.

 

These are the top five things I learned working with our residents: Continue reading