This blog is the second in a series examining what assisted living has to offer to seniors and their families.
Physical health typically comes to mind when wellness is mentioned – especially among older adults who are more likely to struggle with one or more chronic illnesses. While health and wellness are often viewed as the same thing, there is a difference between the two. Health refers to an individual’s physical state, including illness and disease. Wellness is a lifestyle defined by choices (diet, exercise, etc.) that position an individual to achieve optimal health.
Assisted living communities place a heavy emphasis on wellness for older adults – typically offering a range of programs designed to meet the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of residents.
The Bristal takes a holistic approach to wellness – understanding that each resident is unique, as are their needs. From therapeutic recreation to healthy dining options to socialization opportunities, The Bristal’s environment makes it easier for residents to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Support is provided by caring and competent team members who are committed to helping residents maximize their wellness, while enjoying all that life has to offer.
Wellness at The Bristal
Wellness at The Bristal covers a range of services including personal care and case management but can be found in almost every service that is offered – including recreation and dining. The goal of the wellness team is to maximize the health and overall well-being of residents at The Bristal, which we will explore in greater detail in the following sections.
It is no surprise that as we age our medical needs can become more complicated. More than a third of all seniors take at least five prescription medications per day, in addition to over-the-counter medicines and supplements. Juggling multiple medications combined with complicated dosing schedules can increase the risk of drug interactions. In fact, seniors are twice as likely to be sent to the ER for drug interactions than younger adults.
Comprised of professionals that include RNs, LPNs, care aides, and medication technicians, The Bristal’s wellness team plays an active role in maintaining the health and wellness of residents. In addition to supporting residents with daily activities like grooming and bathing, the wellness team also assists with medication management and ensuring individualized service plans are carried out. They also get to know each resident’s likes and dislikes so they can provide truly personalized care. It can be something as simple as having warm towels available after a resident showers or knowing that someone prefers their medication with a certain type of juice. Little details that can go a long way to enhance the wellness of residents.
Assisted living communities are popular because they allow seniors to maintain their independence while receiving assistance with everyday tasks. The Bristal recognizes that every resident is unique and so are their needs. One resident may require help with personal hygiene throughout the day, while another only needs assistance while getting dressed in the morning.
Rather than taking a blanket approach to providing assistance, The Bristal gets to know each resident and what his or her needs are. Working with the resident and their family, the wellness team develops a highly individualized care plan designed to maximize independence while providing compassionate care. As needs change, the wellness team adjusts the plan to continue meeting the needs of the resident.
The move to an assisted living community can be filled with emotion and more than a little uncertainty. An integral part of the wellness team, the Director of Case Management is on hand to welcome new residents and help ease their transition into the community. From connecting new residents with someone who shares similar interests to recommending programs or activities – they are a valuable resource for residents and their families.
The Director of Case Management also serves as a liaison between residents and team members – ensuring that each resident’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are being met. If a resident requires a stay at a hospital or rehab facility, the Director of Case Management works with the medical staff to maintain continuity of care, as well as facilitate a return to the community.
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