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‘God put us here for a reason’: Serving the residents during Hurricane Idalia is part of our Mission

When a hurricane or tropical storm threatens Florida, like Hurricane Idalia this week, team members at Westminster Communities of Florida have a top priority: Ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents we serve. Our Mission is to serve from the heart and inspire older adults to enjoy happy, healthy and purposeful lives.

What impact has Hurricane Idalia had? Some of our dedicated team members are living out our Mission, today, by evacuating with residents or sheltering at their communities through the storm. Regardless of their normal jobs, their principal responsibility right now is to provide for the residents’ needs.

Today we caught up with five of these team members to learn about their experiences, why they chose to stay at their community or evacuate with residents, and what is inspiring them to stay hard at work during a storm.

Jackie Walker Ellison, Cook, Westminster Shores, temporarily at Westminster Winter Park

In St. Petersburg, Westminster Shores was forced to relocate residents out of the path of the storm. Jackie Walker Ellison always knew she would be with the residents, from the moment she first heard. “The residents said to me, ‘Jackie, are you coming with us? I know we’ll be OK if you come with us.’ So I had no doubt,” Ellison said. “I knew for sure I would be evacuating, I called my husband and my mother and I told them, ‘I’m going with my residents, I’ll see you whenever.’ ”

The group of 24 residents was accompanied by Ellison to Westminster Winter Park, where they’re enjoying the hospitality of the residents and team members there. The Westminster Shores team is occupied with providing for the needs of the residents during Hurricane Idalia. “I think it brings everyone together as a team,” she said.

Ellison has worked at Westminster Shores for 29 years, and “I love my residents. I wouldn’t have been here so long if I didn’t love this place and my residents. God put us here for a reason,” she said. “Right now, the residents are happy, we’ve been watching movies and playing games, and everything is going smoothly.”

Michele McCann, Assisted Living Activities Coordinator, Westminster Palms, sheltering in place

“I choose to be with the residents during the most emotional time, like a hurricane, because that’s my quality as a caregiver,” said Michele McCann, Assisted Living Activities Coordinator at Westminster Palms. “Challenging times like this bring out the best in people, and I get to see it and share it.”

McCann was sheltering in place at the community in St. Petersburg, along with residents from Westminster Palms and residents from Westminster Point Pleasant in Bradenton. She has lived in Florida for more than 7 years, and has experienced three hurricanes in St. Petersburg so far. McCann said she feels that the way the team bonds, whether through an evacuation or sheltering in place, makes the team stronger. “We are going to come out better on the other side of this! We always do. We are so lucky that we are here, in our home, together, instead of relocating like so many had to. I have come to feel like this is my home, too.”

Carlos Santiago, Maintenance Engineer, Westminster Point Pleasant and Tiffany Mestre, Administrative Assistant, Community Support Services, temporarily at Legacy Pointe at UCF

A group of residents from Westminster Point Pleasant were also with Maintenance Engineer Carlos Santiago and Tiffany Mestre, an administrative assistant at our Community Support Services office in Orlando. The residents had evacuated from Bradenton due to the risk of storm surge and flooding, and were enjoying the hospitality of Legacy Pointe at UCF.

Santiago, the maintenance engineer, said that he had been through the worst in 2017 when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. “We were there with no power for 60 days, and we weren’t able to do anything,” he said. By comparison, he felt that everything was under control and being well maintained for the residents through both of his hurricane experiences as a Westminster team member.

“This job is personal for me,” Santiago said. “The residents are my family and I want to make sure that they are well taken care of.” In 2022, Santiago was recognized as Westminster Point Pleasant’s Team Member of the Year for his dedicated service to the residents. He said it was his honor to serve the residents.

Evacuating with the residents is just another extension of his commitment to the community, Santiago said. “This is my second time evacuating with the residents, and it doesn’t matter how many more. I will always volunteer to be there for them. We are here for each other and for the residents.”

Countless storms had also affected Mestre, a Florida native. But she had never had an experience like today’s. “It’s wonderful to help the residents and hear about their interests and stories. This is a great way to see how the residents live,” Mestre said. “I am getting to know what a day in the life of a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and an ADON (Assistant Director of Nursing) are like. It has opened my eyes. Bless their souls for doing all of this.”

The effects of the storm had been mild in Orlando, but Mestre said that nevertheless, she and the residents felt more secure and had been brought closer together by the experience – and the residents were thankful for the security. “This has really brought our Mission to life for me in a way I had not experienced it,” said Mestre.

For Santiago, part of living in a hurricane zone meant more practice – and that he had found that the team is getting stronger through the experience. “The more we do this together, the more we become comfortable with each other, and the better organized we become. When you send a group of people together for one purpose and for our Mission, we get the opportunity to grow together and learn from each other,” said Santiago.

Beth Szabo, Services Coordinator, Riverside Presbyterian Apartments, sheltering in place

Another part of the Westminster Mission is to serve residents with low to moderate incomes, in our affordable Rental Retirement Communities. Beth Szabo, services coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Apartments, was sheltering in place at the community to ensure that the residents were well cared for throughout the potential effects of the storm in Jacksonville.

“I’ve lived in Jacksonville since 1976, so I have lost count of how many hurricanes I’ve been through now. In 2004 they were coming so frequently we all said, ‘I’m over it, just let it go,’ ” said Szabo. “We have had to evacuate a few times over the years, like for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. But we did not have to this time.”

For Szabo, serving during a hurricane is a natural extension of her choice to work at the community, because the residents are like her extended family. “I have a heart for seniors, and the residents here mean a lot to me,” she said. “If something happens then I want to be here to help them.”

Szabo added that she feels safer riding out a storm at Riverside Presbyterian Apartments than at home. “Here at the community, I know that we have a great team looking out for everyone. We’re very small but we support each other.”

A facet of our Mission

While a hurricane is unexpected, serving the residents and supporting their fellow team members wherever we are and however we can is just another facet of the Mission of Westminster Communities of Florida: We serve from the heart and inspire older adults to enjoy happy, healthy and purposeful lives.

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How you can stay in touch with family and friends after moving to a senior living community

Are you considering a move to a senior living community but worried about how you’ll keep in touch with family and friends? You’re not alone. Many future residents have the same concerns.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay connected and keep in touch with the people you care about. From FaceTime to card nights to private dining parties, residents have plenty of options to stay connected with their loved ones.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best ways to keep in touch with family and friends after moving to a senior living community.

Enjoy a video call to have a virtual visit with family or friends whenever you like

A virtual visit can help maintain ties even when residents and their friends are separated by thousands of miles. Modern technology for video calling like FaceTime makes visiting easier than ever. Video calls allow residents to enjoy a face-to-face conversation with family or friends anywhere in the world, from the comfort of their living room. No expensive travel required!

Residents can use FaceTime or video chat services like Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom to stay in touch with those who matter most. Grandparents can share stories with grandchildren who live far away or have regular catch-ups with distant relatives. Video calling also makes it possible for to host a virtual event, like a game night or movie watch party.

Enjoy a card or board game night and mix the “old” and “new” friends

With many social connections in their current neighborhoods, the prospect of moving to a senior living community can be daunting for many older adults. Fortunately, there are plenty of in-person social opportunities at senior living communities — some of them more informal than others.
Many senior living communities have groups of residents who enjoy a night of card games or board games. Play poker, Clue, Settlers of Catan or whatever you prefer, and enjoy having social opportunities and good friends at your fingertips.

These social events offer a reason for residents to invite their friends and family members over for a night of fun and laughter. It also provides an informal setting for guests to meet other residents and engage in meaningful conversations.

For older adults who want to make sure they stay connected to their friends, one surefire way to make things more fun is to invite their “old” friends to meet the “new” at a game night. It can make for a memorable evening filled with laughter and good company — all while bonding deeper relationships with fellow residents at the same time.

Host a dinner party and let someone else do all the work

Dining is an important part of life at a senior living community. But a special event may call for having a few friends over for dinner, and who wants to do all the cooking and dishes?

That’s why many senior living communities offer residents a variety of catered dining options, to invite guests over for a special dinner party. A special menu developed with the Dining department makes it simple and convenient to plan an event. Enjoy a luxurious meal without lifting a finger!

Inviting friends and family over to experience their community is also great to help those who may be considering making the move themselves. Guests get an up-close look at the lifestyle offered at their friend’s new home. Private dining options allow potential new residents to get an idea of what life would be like for them.

From poker nights to private dinners, there are plenty of ways for residents of senior living communities to keep in touch with family and friends. To learn all about how additional socialization opportunities abound at a Westminster community, find the community that suits you today on our Web site!

How to Hold a Successful Estate Sale Before a Move into Assisted Living

You have finally decided to make the move to independent living in Orlando. This is great news! You are welcoming a brand-new community of amazing residents into your life. You will have access to numerous enriching resources to improve your quality of life. 

There’s just one hang-up: you have to hold an estate sale. Hosting a successful estate sale can make the financial aspects of the move easier. If you are unfamiliar with estate sales, follow this guide to successfully sell your possessions and move into assisted living in Orlando, Florida, without worry!

Step 1: Know What You Have

It may seem obvious, but the first step to a successful estate sale is determining what items you have. Take inventory of your possessions. There may be some surprising items that you thought you lost over the years. 

It is a good idea to make a spreadsheet or keep a physical notebook to track your inventory. Following this step will prevent problems later on in the estate sale process. You will know what you have and where it is located. 

Make special notes next to any items that you wish to keep when you move into an assisted living facility. Sentimental objects, like family heirlooms and childhood ornaments, should be set aside so that they don’t get mixed up with your sale items. 

Step 2: Decide on Prices

This can be the most time-consuming step of an estate sale. However, if you take your time to thoroughly appraise everything, you can make some serious cash. 

Go through each item in your sale inventory and decide what price you want to charge for it. If you need to, call in a professional to appraise the value of your items. You might be surprised to find that you have some hidden gems in your home!

Don’t be afraid to include small or low-value items in your estate sale. Many buyers are attracted to low-cost items, even those that are $1-$5 apiece. This can add up significantly in the long run. 

Make sure you note the price of each item in your home so you can keep track of your revenue as you go. 

Step 3: Choose a Date 

You should make sure your estate sale is during a time that will attract as many buyers as possible. This usually means hosting the sale over the weekend. Most people have Saturday and Sunday off from work, which means they can spend more time evaluating objects and buying things. 

Avoid hosting your estate sale on a holiday weekend. Many people travel out of town, visit family, and spend time indoors during these weekends. Estate sales will likely be low on people’s list of priorities during the holidays. 

You can host your sale over several days, but plan to start it on the weekend. This will bring in many more buyers than a weekday sale. Additionally, it gives you the flexibility to sell off extra items the following week if needed. 

Step 4: Use Social Media

Consider advertising your estate sale online. You can get a loved one to help you navigate social media for this step. You will get much larger crowds of buyers through social media than by word of mouth alone. 

Many people browse websites like Facebook Marketplace and eBay to look for sales. Use this to your advantage and spread the word about your estate sale online! You might be surprised at how much traffic this brings to your home. 

Making the Move into Assisted Living in Orlando, Florida

Once you have successfully sold your possessions, you are free to move into assisted living in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations! This is a huge step toward your independence and health in older adulthood. 

How Does Assisted Living Support the Independence of Aging Adults?

As you or your loved one grows older, you might be considering Orlando assisted living facilities. Assisted living can help older adults maintain their independence while fostering positive physical, social, and emotional health. 

So how exactly do assisted living facilities do this? Should you choose an Orlando skilled nursing facility for your loved one? There are many benefits to doing so. 

Supportive Communities

Assisted living communities provide many opportunities for socialization. This means that your loved one does not have to live alone, isolated from the outside world. 

Part of remaining independent as an aging adult is maintaining supportive, healthy friendships. At assisted living facilities, there are many community events and classes that help aging adults build relationships with one another. 

Having a supportive community around them can ease the burden of aging and allow your loved one to thrive. 

Medical Resources

If you know an aging adult, chances are they have specific medical needs. At assisted living facilities, your loved one never has to worry about managing their health on their own. There are plenty of medical assistance options in these communities. 

Some of the medical resources available to residents include:

  • Medication management
  • Regular health check-ups
  • Outpatient services
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Short-term rehabilitation services
  • Respite care 

These services will help your loved one manage their health and wellness without stress. Caring medical professionals can make a world of difference in your loved one’s life as they grow older. 

Individualized Assistance

Your loved one will have different personal needs than other residents in the community. That is why assisted living facilities are so beneficial — they provide customized approaches to care. 

Assisted living allows your loved one to remain independent, dignified, and happy while still receiving the help that they need. Getting older doesn’t have to take away the basic joys and freedoms of adult life. 

In high-quality assisted living facilities, your loved one will receive just enough assistance to help them manage their daily life. This makes life much more enjoyable and less stressful for the older adult that you care about. 

Learning Opportunities

As people age, they often feel “too old” to continue their education. This is a misconception about aging. Older adults can (and should) take advantage of continuous learning opportunities in assisted living communities. 

There are many opportunities to learn about culture, health and wellness, and the world in assisted living facilities. Continuing education is important for keeping your loved one’s mind sharp and healthy as they age. 

The human brain is flexible, meaning it can generate new connections at almost any age. Creative challenges and mental exercises can keep your loved one’s neurological health in good shape, reducing the likelihood of cognitive decline. 

Education is also important for life satisfaction and happiness. Learning about the world can give older adults a sense of purpose and expose them to new, interesting ideas. 

Assisted living facilities are the perfect places for aging adults to learn new things, try new hobbies, and keep their minds in great shape. 

Orlando Assisted Living: Keep Your Dignity as You Age

If you or a loved one in your life is seeking a high-quality community, assisted living facilities may offer the solution they are looking for. In assisted living, you maintain your independence while building practical and enjoyable life skills. You also gain access to a network of friendly, engaging residents that can improve your quality of life.  Aging is inevitable; everyone grows older over the years. What matters is how you experience the journey along the way. Within the right assisted living community, you can thrive as you grow older.

Busting Myths: 5 Things that May Surprise You About Assisted Living

Moving to an assisted living community is one of the best ways you can spend your retirement. In fact, more seniors than ever are choosing to move to assisted and independent living facilities in Orlando, Florida, earlier in retirement. 

Despite the benefits, there are still some misconceptions and unanswered questions about what life is like in a retirement community. Here are five things that may surprise you about assisted living.

1. It Can Improve Your Health

Maintaining good health is a key component to enjoying retirement. What many seniors don’t know is that their health can actually improve when they make the transition to assisted living, mainly due to access to nutritious meals and ample opportunities to stay active. 

In assisted living communities, residents regularly receive ready-to-eat, nutritious meals. They’re also encouraged to participate in daily activities that promote socialization and exercise. Residents also benefit from having knowledgeable staff around to look out for any early warning signs of health issues.

2. Assisted Living Is Affordable

Seniors and their families often think assisted living is off the table because of the cost. Today, however, assisted living is more affordable than ever, and families have many options for fitting it into their finances. There’s a diversity of affordable solutions, from flexible pricing plans to federal and state subsidies.

Many families find that the cost of assisted living is comparable to — or sometimes even cheaper than — caring for seniors in the family home.

3. Assisted Living Helps You Maintain Your Independence

Many seniors fear they’ll lose their sense of independence when they transition to assisted living, but nothing could be further from the truth. Assisted living communities are intended to support seniors with tasks they need help with, not to control every aspect of their lives. 

Staff is trained to empower seniors to set their own schedules and keep up with their own chores, and residents are encouraged to do as much as they like when it comes to day-to-day activities.

4. You’ll Make Lifelong Friends

Social isolation is a real problem among older adults.

As the years go on, it can be more difficult to keep friends and maintain a healthy level of social interaction. One of the major benefits of assisted living is the connections you’ll make within your community. You’ll never be far away from peers who share the same interests as you.

There are also regularly scheduled activities that foster connection. The social environment is one of the most effective ways to keep feelings of loneliness and isolation at bay.

5. You Can Live a Private Life in Assisted Living

Another big misconception about assisted living is that it robs residents of their privacy. In reality, residents have private living quarters that afford them all the privacy they could want.

Assisted living communities have come a long way since the days of hospital-like facilities. Nowadays, they look more like traditional neighborhoods or apartment communities.

Residents have their own spaces that they can personalize, use to host gatherings, and spend their downtime in. If you need some time to yourself, there’s no obligation to join in group activities or dining. You can enjoy as much or as little solitude as you like.

Explore Assisted Living Facilities in Orlando, Florida

The assisted living facilities in Orlando, Florida, are some of the best in the country. From beautiful grounds to state-of-the-art facilities and luxurious amenities, residents are guaranteed everything they need and more.

Modern assisted living communities are nothing like the nursing home stereotypes of the past. Take a tour for yourself and discover the wonderful lifestyle that today’s assisted living facilities can offer.

Why Is Golfing Such a Popular Pastime for Seniors?

It almost seems like a cliche that seniors like golf. So is it true? And if so, why? It turns out there are some excellent benefits to healthy hobbies like golf for those of us in retirement age. There’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy world-class golfing facilities, too. If you live in a warm climate, such as assisted living in Orlando, you’ll have an embarrassment of riches when looking for a golf course. Now, what can golf do for you?

It’s Great Exercise

As people age, they can’t count on feeling energetic as a baseline. Physical fitness must be maintained. Golf is an excellent choice because it involves a great amount of low-impact movement, from walking to carrying bags of heavy clubs to driving the ball down the fairway. Yes, you can take a golf cart, but you’re going to have to walk eventually!

It Boosts Mental Health

Golf is challenging (if you want to play well, anyway), and players must always be looking for the best strategy. This process of critical thinking will keep your mind sharp and strengthen connections in the brain. That’s why it’s excellent to play golf against other people. The competitive drive will force you to play better.

It’s Social

Maintaining relationships and making new ones is one of the most difficult tasks a person will ever face. Golf is a wonderful way to meet new people and strengthen friendships you already have. There will be plenty of time to talk during a game, so you can spend that time getting to know people!

It Can Add Some Joy to Your Life

Not just in a general sense, but physical activity will release endorphins and keep your mood positive. The more sedentary a person is, the less they’re going to get the endorphins flowing. With golf, you’re using your muscles, engaging in conversation, and using your brainpower to try to win. That’s going to produce some endorphins for you.

It Can Reduce Stress

A sharp brain is the result of physical and mental exercise. A sharp brain is also better equipped to deal with issues that may arise. Gold is a fantastic way to melt stress away. The activity itself helps take your mind off problems and helps you become better equipped to think through a stressful situation.

Studies show that golfers live an average of 5 years longer than non-golfers. Regular exercise is certainly beneficial, but the added components of problem-solving and competition in a clean, beautiful environment give golf the edge.

How to Get into Golf

If you’re convinced that golf sounds like a fun new activity, you’ll probably want to know where to start!

Take Lessons

Yes, there’s more to golf than “hit the ball over there.” You’ll need to work on your swing and learn how the ball reacts in diverse situations. For example, the green and the sand traps are as different as different can be.

Get Equipment

You can always rent equipment, but to spur yourself on, you might want to get a set of clubs. You’ll need to learn what each one does and practice your swing, anyway.

Find Golfing Buddies

Golf is a social sport, so find some people in your peer group who would like to join you. If they’re competitive and ready to give you a challenge, that’s even better!

If You’re in Assisted Living in Orlando, Give Golf a Try

The Orlando assisted living community is spoiled by the great courses that are a mere stone’s throw away, but incredible golf courses can be found around the country. Get started and enjoy the benefits! Find a course, grab a club, and have fun!

5 Incredible Perks of Assisted Living Facilities

Retirement is a time for resting, relaxing, and spending more time on hobbies and with friends and family. For seniors, living at home can be comfortable, but it can also come with a lot of stress and responsibility. 

Assisted living in Orlando can offer a lifestyle that enables seniors to fully enjoy their retirement. Five incredible perks of assisted living facilities include:

1. Dining

One of the most significant perks of assisted living is the on-site dining available to residents. Residents have the option to sit for a meal in a full dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seniors who do not want to spend time grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking can take advantage of this daily dining option.

When residents don’t have time for a sit-down dining experience, they also have more casual dining options available where they can grab and go. Best of all, assisted living communities can accommodate dietary restrictions and cook food in accordance with nutritional needs.

Seniors in assisted living can take full advantage of dining options to free up more time to do the things that they enjoy. 

2. Activities and Programs

For seniors, staying active and social is one of the most important aspects of enjoying retirement. When seniors live in the family home, it can require more of an effort to get out and socialize or attend events. With Orlando assisted living, seniors have access to a variety of activities and programs just a few steps from their front doors. 

Examples of onsite activities may include:

  • Game nights
  • Movie nights
  • Book clubs
  • Educational classes
  • Group exercise

Senior living communities also organize programs centered around wellness and learning to keep residents engaged. Wellness and educational programs focus on long-term well-being and can go a long way in helping seniors make the most of their retirement.

3. Housekeeping

Many seniors find that keeping up with housekeeping becomes tedious and even overwhelming during retirement. In assisted living, housekeeping is one of the many services offered. 

Residents can rely on staff to help them with the day-to-day chores that can take up a lot of the time that they should be spending on activities they enjoy.

4. Security

It is an unfortunate reality that seniors are at a higher risk of becoming the victim of a crime. In assisted living, residents live in a highly secure community with 24-hour security. Assisted living communities monitor who comes in and out of the community and employ security staff. 

By virtue of living in a community, there is also a built-in aspect of security because neighbors and staff notice when something is out of place or when a resident is not around. Living in a senior living community is far safer than living alone and can give seniors and their families total peace of mind. 

5. Transportation

One of the most significant challenges facing seniors is transportation. Changes in mobility and health can impede a senior’s ability to drive or otherwise get around. In assisted living, seniors have access to safe and reliable transportation provided by the community. 

Whether it is getting to a doctor’s appointment or traveling to an event, seniors have a safe way to get around.

Endless Perks with Assisted Living in Orlando

These are just a few of the perks of assisted living in Orlando. Seniors also enjoy a long list of additional services and amenities that make living convenient and enjoyable each day. The safety, comfort, and excitement of living in an assisted living community is why more seniors are choosing this living option for their retirement.

Art Experiences You Won’t Want to Miss in Orlando

Orlando is a wonderful place to retire for many reasons. One of the most valued parts of the community is its vibrant art scene. Orlando is home to a diverse group of artists supported by a variety of art experiences in and around the city. This article highlights several notable art experiences you won’t want to miss in Orlando. 

The Orlando Museum of Art

The Orlando Museum of Art is a staple in the Orlando art community. It was founded in 1924, and its mission is to positively impact people’s lives with art. The museum features several collections, including American art, African art, and contemporary art. 

In addition, the museum hosts a rotation of 10 to 12 exhibitions featuring a diverse array of Florida artists. The museum also strives to get the public involved in art and hosts several experiences, including:

  • Studio classes
  • Video programs
  • Training programs
  • Limited gallery tours
  • Community outreach
  • Art appreciation lectures
  • Lunch learning programs

The Orlando Museum of Art is constantly changing, making it a perfect place to come back to again and again. The museum also makes for a wonderful night out for Orlando assisted living communities.

Dr. Phillips Center

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a premier location for performing arts in the city and hosts a spectrum of performances throughout the year. 

The Center opened in 2014 and has already received numerous awards from publications such as Southern Living and Travel + Leisure magazines. Some of the popular arts events at the Center include:

  • Ballet
  • Comedy
  • Concerts
  • Broadway shows
  • Professional speakers

Performers from Florida are featured along with world-class performers from national and international shows. The Center also hosts the AdventHealth School of the Arts, where locals interested in art can attend camps and classes. The Center is the perfect place to experience performing arts and participate in art making as well.

The Art Room

For locals looking for a true art experience, the Art Room is a great option. The Art Room is a teaching art studio that holds that everyone should get to experience the creative process of art firsthand. The Art Room hosts a variety of activities, including:

  • Workshops
  • Private events
  • Birthday parties
  • Adult classes
  • Children’s classes

The Art Room hosts a group of visiting teaching artists, so locals have the opportunity to learn from more than one artist. The Art Room is also accessible to kids, which makes its activities perfect for bonding among younger and older generations. 

For seniors interested in lifelong learning through art, the Art Room is a good choice.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

The Morse Museum is an impressive collection of American art open to the public in Orlando. The museum is home to the largest collection of art by Louis Comfort Tiffany and includes glass lamps, art glass, and art windows. The museum also displays pottery, paintings, and other types of art. 

The Morse Museum is spacious and quiet, making for a relaxing yet immersive art experience. When visiting, viewers can also enjoy the Tiffany Chapel, which showcases a wealth of glass mosaics, stained-glass windows, and Byzantine-inspired details. 

For seniors looking to view art in a calm, reflective space, the Morse Museum is a perfect choice.

Enjoy Art in Assisted Living Facilities in Orlando, Florida

The assisted living facilities in Orlando, Florida, are some of the best in the country and often host on-site art events like gallery viewings and art classes. Seniors have ample opportunities to experience art both inside their retirement communities and outside at one of the many Orlando art museums and centers.

How Assisted Living Facilities Customize Care to Meet the Unique Needs of Residents

When the time comes for an older adult to transition into assisted living, family members might feel concerned about whether it will meet their needs. 

Assisted living facilities in Orlando, Florida, provide customized care to ensure that every resident gets the support they need. Find out more about how assisted living communities customize care for residents.

Personalized Medical Treatment Plans

One of the most common concerns for senior adults is medical care. Many seniors have chronic or progressive health conditions that require ongoing care. Assisted living facilities place medical needs at the top of a long list of priorities to make sure that every resident gets the care they need. 

There are skilled medical professionals at every assisted living home to assist seniors with their health needs. These might include daily medications, medical treatments, and more. Most assisted living facilities have nurses on-site at all times to attend to residents’ needs whenever something arises.

Memory Care and Cognitive Services

A large number of older adults struggle with cognitive concerns like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These issues are often progressive and result in memory loss, difficulty speaking, and trouble processing information. Many assisted living facilities offer memory care services to slow the progression of cognitive decline.

Memory care focuses on strengthening recall skills and other cognitive abilities. These practices can help lessen the severity of symptoms from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Depending on the resident’s needs, they may receive memory care once a week, several times a week, or even daily.

Group or Solo Activity Opportunities

The staff members at assisted living facilities want every resident to lead their best life throughout their golden years. Part of this is staying busy and having fun, which is why assisted living homes offer both group and solo activities for residents. 

These facilities understand that everyone is unique; while some seniors enjoy social interaction, others may be more introverted. Group activities like dance classes and movie nights are great for more social seniors, and art classes and music lessons may be better suited for seniors who appreciate their alone time.

Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Options

Another way that assisted living facilities strive to meet their residents’ needs is by providing rehabilitation and therapy options. Some seniors are injured in accidents or struggle with chronic pain from underlying conditions. 

Whatever the cause of a senior’s medical condition, most assisted living homes can bring in medical professionals to guide these residents through physical therapy and other treatments.

Sometimes on-site therapy or rehab is not an option. That’s why nearly all assisted living facilities provide transportation to outside medical establishments. This helps residents get the customized care that they need to heal properly and have an enhanced quality of life.

Assistance with Housekeeping and Hygiene

One important thing that assisted and independent living in Orlando provides is help with housekeeping. Many older adults have a hard time keeping up with household maintenance due to physical or cognitive concerns. In assisted or independent living, professional housekeepers help older adults maintain their living spaces.

Some seniors may also need help with daily personal hygiene. In assisted living, trained staff members and aides can assist with showering, bathing, brushing hair, dental hygiene, and more. 

Custom Care at Assisted Living Facilities in Orlando, Florida

If you have an older adult in your life in need of ongoing, personalized care, it may be time to transition them into assisted living. Through custom medical care, memory services, activities, and rehabilitation options, assisted living communities are able to give seniors the exact care that they need.

6 Ways Moving to an Assisted Living Facility Enhances Quality of Life

Are you contemplating the transition into assisted living for yourself or a loved one? Moving into an assisted living facility can seem daunting for older adults and their family members. 

Many concerns and misconceptions surround the idea of assisted living, which can lead to apprehension. When these feelings arise, it is essential to recognize all of the ways that assisted living facilities benefit senior adults. The following are just six reasons that moving to an assisted living facility can enhance your quality of life.

1. Daily Medical Support

One of the most significant ways that assisted living facilities enhance seniors’ quality of life is by providing daily medical support

Most older adults have chronic health concerns that require daily care. In assisted living, trained professionals take care of daily medical needs by assisting with medication, health treatments, and more. Residents also have access to skilled medical professionals and nursing staff on an ongoing basis.

2. Social Interaction with Peers

There is a common misconception that assisted living is lonely and that residents spend much of their time isolated. However, most residents do not find this to be the case. 

Most assisted living facilities encourage social interaction among residents by organizing group activities. Many Orlando assisted living facilities have common areas where residents can spend time with their peers playing games, sharing meals, or watching television.

3. Assistance with Daily Functions

As you age, it can be harder to keep up with certain daily functions or tasks. Things like housekeeping and personal hygiene can be difficult for older adults to perform effectively. 

In assisted living facilities, staff members are always present to help complete these tasks and more. This support allows seniors to live in a clean, safe environment without struggling to care for themselves or their living space.

4. Continuous Activities

Another common misconception about assisted living communities is that residents get bored very easily. In assisted living in Orlando, this could not be further from the truth. 

Residents have access to a variety of activities and hobbies to occupy their time. Staff members coordinate group and solo activities, giving residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy and express themselves. These activities might include anything from art classes and movie nights to music lessons and physical fitness courses

5. Safety and Supervision

Many families transition their loved ones into assisted living for safety and supervision. Some older adults struggle with cognitive concerns that cause them to wander off or put themselves in harm’s way. 

Assisted living facilities can provide constant supervision for these residents, helping keep them safe at all times. Nearly all assisted living facilities are secured and contained to make sure that residents are always accounted for.

6. Personalized Care

Almost all assisted living communities offer personalized care for their residents. This means that every resident receives exactly what they need from trained staff and skilled medical professionals. 

Those who have ongoing medical concerns will have a daily treatment plan that meets their health needs. Residents who have cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s or dementia can receive access to memory care services. This type of individualized care ensures that your loved one is able to lead their best life while in assisted living.

Living Your Best Life in Orlando Assisted Living Facilities 

The transition into assisted living may not be easy for everyone, but it is important to remember how it can enhance the quality of life for older adults. From personalized care to ongoing medical treatment, residents of assisted living facilities are given the support they need to enjoy their golden years.

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