One thing that all Assisted Living managers and senior living management firms need to keep in mind is that emotional health and well-being is just as important as physical care for seniors. While activities with their peers can provide a good sense of community and enrich residents’ lives, whether they are in Memory Care or Independent Living, interacting with a diverse group of people and multiple age groups often fosters true emotional well-being.
While many residents may have family in the vicinity of their facility, many will not. Therefore, it is up to the Assisted Living managers to organize and develop programs that nurture intergenerational contact and provide an additional dimension to the lives of their residents.
Senior Consulting, LLC, understands this need, and has spent the last 20 years developing a variety of Intergenerational Programs by focusing on different age groups, interacting with nursing home residents, Assisted Living residents, and Independent Living residents. Some of these programs are:
- Senior mentoring programs for teenagers and young adults
- Game-based clubs, such as dominoes and chess
- Adopt a Grandparent Program for elderly residents that have family far away or no family at all
- Preschool/Senior Companion Program – A unique program that matches pre-school children with Memory Care residents, primarily Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Nursing home directors and Memory Care managers have seen defined and cognitive improvement in residents that regularly participate in the program.
True care for seniors is comprehensive and should strive to keep as many routines, opportunities and relationship types from residents lives as present and accessible as possible. Contact Senior Consulting today to learn more about these Intergenerational Programs and how you can increase the well-being of your residents.