Though the term “wellness program” often brings to mind exercise and fitness activities, a good care plan supports emotional, mental and spiritual needs as well as physical health.
One of the key advantages of moving into a senior living community is access to the programs and resources that individuals need to achieve their personal goals and live their best on a daily basis.
If seniors or their families are comparing care options for a potential move, here is a list of a few things to look for in a senior wellness program that may help in their research.
If seniors have a favorite activity such as tai chi, swimming or walking, seeing where these are available is a good place to start.
Walking clubs are fairly common within senior living communities, but on-site pools can be harder to locate. If a senior can't locate their preferred activities in the community itself, they can check whether the facility offers regular transportation to a local gym or senior center that does.
It's also important to examine the variety and frequency of activities. Having a steady stream of exercise opportunities means that seniors don't have to wait long for another chance to participate if they miss a program due to a doctor's appointment or family visit.
Each of Bethesda Senior Living Communities offers a fall-prevention program and regular health assessments. These, combined with individualized care plans, help pinpoint a senior's needs and maintain their overall health.
Many care programs also include educational resources, such as cooking classes or group discussions on common health issues, that can help seniors learn how to improve their own health through simple steps.
At Bethesda, we know faith is a crucial part of an individual's well-being. Our faith-based origins ensure seniors of all walks of life can continue to practice their beliefs.
Each of our communities features an on-site chaplain, and many hold regular church services and Bible studies. Residents are also encouraged to start their own study group, poetry readings or hymn sing-a-longs with their neighbors.
We also place a focus on giving back to the community through charitable acts and volunteer opportunities that help nurture seniors' sense of purpose.
It's common for seniors living at home to struggle with loneliness. The social interaction provided by a senior living community can alleviate these feelings and increase their enjoyment of daily life.
Community dining rooms let seniors form beneficial bonds while eating and talking with their neighbors. These connections can help prevent skipped meals and poor appetite, and participating as a group can help motivate individuals to try their hand at new crafts or games.
Talking to the staff and residents can make it easier for seniors and their families to get a feel for each facility's atmosphere and if it is a good fit for their needs and personality. Some communities let seniors test the waters through a respite stay so that they can get to know their potential neighbors before committing to a decision.
Posted on Sat, May 25, 2019
by Shawn Deane