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How Assisted Living Communities Can Help Prevent ER Visits

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March 23, 2021

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five visits to hospital emergency rooms in the United States involve seniors 60 years and older. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these numbers may continue to increase among the elderly population.

At Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living Residence, we strive to offer a safe and supportive environment, providing services that help residents avoid repeated trips to the emergency room (ER). Here’s how:

Detecting illness early with around-the-clock care
du Lac Assisted Living residents enjoy regular interaction with healthcare aides and nurses to help detect early signs of illness before they worsen. Taking notice of respiratory and other types of sickness ensures our residents are able to quickly schedule appointments and stay on top of their health care needs with their primary care physician instead of going to the ER when symptoms become more severe. Personal Care Attendants are available overnight and on weekends to assist with emerging needs, providing peace of mind to both our residents and their family members.

Exercise classes and proper nutrition
Notre Dame du Lac offers a variety of exercise classes that help residents reach their health goals and stay in shape. Our regular walking groups and exercise classes help promote a healthy lifestyle and may help prevent many illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes that require ER visits. These activities, paired with nutritious meals, can even help to avert health conditions like diabetes, which can lead to sudden symptoms that require immediate medical attention. Our culinary team at du Lac offers a wide variety of healthy and balanced meal offerings to meet the interests and dietary requirements of all of our residents.

Environment specifically designed to avoid falls
At du Lac Assisted Living Residence we strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment to all of our residents. Our newly renovated apartments offer a warm and cozy home with safety features to help mitigate fall risks. From bathroom grab bars to emergency pendants and bathroom pull cords, our living spaces are designed to help prevent and protect against dangerous falls. These features, along with encouraging residents to practice safety in all of their physical movement, helps to bring peace of mind to them and their families and may result in fewer trips to the hospital.

By choosing an assisted living community with the right services and care, residents and family members may avoid the high expense and discomfort of pain and injury that require emergency medical treatment.

We invite you to contact us today to learn more about our du Lac Assisted Living community and the peace of mind that comes with the compassionate care we offer to all those we serve.