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Safety and Security: The Peace of Mind Assisted Living Communities Provide

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July 5, 2022
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As we age it can become more difficult to live alone. Even the most attentive family members may struggle to take care of a senior loved one. It’s normal for family members to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and even guilty about not being able to ensure the health and safety of a loved one.

In addition to safety concerns, you may also worry your loved one is feeling isolated or lonely. Worrying about the safety and security of a loved one is a significant reason family members consider assisted living communities.

Assisted living communities have numerous features that provide residents and their families peace of mind knowing their loved ones are safe, healthy, and happy. 

Safety & Security Measures Provided in Assisted Living Communities

Falls, burglaries, and wandering are some of the main safety concerns for older adults who live alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury in adults aged 65 and older.

Family members can sleep well at night knowing the safety and security of residents is critical in assisted living communities.

Assisted living communities routinely offer the following protocols to keep residents safe:

  • 24-hour security
  • Alarms & security cameras
  • Smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in resident rooms and throughout the community
  • 24-hour staffing
  • 24-hour emergency response system
  • Walk-in showers with safety grab bars
  • COVID-19 safety protocols for residents and visitors
  • Security lighting

Before choosing an assisted living community, evaluate its security measures and safety protocols.

Health & Wellness Programs in Assisted Living Communities

Older adults are adopting healthy lifestyles more than ever before. They understand how important exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management are to living a long healthy life.

In addition to keeping residents safe, assisted living communities like Notre Dame Health Care are committed to providing residents with opportunities that enrich and enhance their physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health.

Assisted living communities provide health and wellness programs and services that are designed specifically for older adults:

  • Wellness clinics
  • Assistance with personal care, including bathing, dressing, and personal grooming
  • Enriched dining experiences with nutritious food
  • Fitness classes
  • Art and music therapy
  • Spiritual and Pastoral Care
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Brain fitness programs
  • Computer classes
  • Walking groups
  • Yoga classes

Families can feel secure knowing the health and wellness of their loved ones are a top priority in assisted living communities.

Social Programs Provided in Assisted Living Communities

Isolation and loneliness are detrimental to the health and well-being of older adults. Many seniors struggle to connect with friends and family due to chronic health conditions and driving limitations. Family members often worry and feel guilty when they don’t have enough time with loved ones. Unfortunately, work and family responsibilities make spending quality time with senior loved ones difficult.

You can rest assured your loved one will have many opportunities to socialize and interact with peers by participating in the various activities offered in assisted living communities.

  • Discussion groups
  • Classes
  • Outings to local restaurants
  • Musical entertainment
  • Outings to local attractions
  • Common areas

About Notre Dame Health Care

Are you interested in finding out more about Notre Dame Health Care’s senior living options? Schedule a tour or call us at (508) 852-5800.