No two people are exactly alike. Therefore, it’s unreasonable to expect their needs and desires to be the same—or addressed in the same ways.

The one-size-fits-all model traditionally used within many social service systems is quickly becoming obsolete.

When it comes to senior living, people are increasingly seeking communities that use a person-centered care method in order to meet individual needs.

If you’re in the process of searching for a community where your aging parent or loved one can receive quality personalized care, we recommend you find a community with these qualities:

Provides a proactive approach to changing wants and needs

Your parent or loved one’s abilities will change and needs will evolve as he or she ages. This calls for various levels of care that meet your loved one at each stage where he or she is.

Finding a community that offers both independent living and assisted living options can help ensure personalized care that can adapt to your parent’s changing needs.

Independent living provides a wide range of activities and a maintenance-free home for the senior adult who is still mobile and independent, but is tired of the upkeep of a house or is feeling isolated from friends.

Assisted living provides an extra layer of care for individuals who need help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and medication management.

Finding a community with both options can proactively address your loved one’s evolving needs. If your loved one suddenly requires additional care, he or she can easily transition from independent to assisted living within the same community if both options are offered.

Providing various levels of care demonstrates that a community understands the nuances and the varying needs of Residents.

Delivers creative care alternatives

Senior living communities aren’t what they used to be—to better address what seniors need and want, new innovations have been created.

For example, with new offerings such as GREEN HOUSE® homes, Residents can feel at home while receiving the care they need.

Green House® homes host a small group of 10 senior living Residents, each with their own private room and bath, as well as a shared kitchen, living area, and dining spaces.

These dynamic homes are customized to support seniors with flexible routines and to easily host and welcome family and friends.

At LifeStream Complete Senior Living, we have seen firsthand how much these homes can have a positive impact on the quality of life and well-being of many of our Residents, and research around Green House® homes echoes our sentiments.

Helps Residents engage in activities that suit their preferences.

When it comes to personalized care for your loved one, it’s important to look beyond the increased ease of life and social opportunities. You also need to seek a community that has activities tailored to your loved one’s unique needs.

Many communities offer a plethora of stimulating and engaging activities for their Residents—from singing in a choir, to joining book clubs, to participating in exercise classes.

Residents are grateful to have options, and knowing that there is something for everyone creates an atmosphere of encouragement and inclusion.

Personalized and person-centered care is a holistic approach that focuses on enhancing the various dimensions of one’s health and well-being.

When vetting the various community options for your parent or loved one, keep the above three points in mind, and be sure to assess how flexible and customizable the care provided will be.

At LifeStream Complete Senior Living, we see the value of providing innovative, personalized services, and we avoid the one-size-fits-all model. If you’re curious to learn more about our care levels, Green House® homes, activities, or more, contact us here.

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