Have you ever been curious to know what it is like living in a senior living community? Whether you are approaching retirement yourself or you’re planning ahead for an aging loved one, senior living communities are an excellent option. These bustling communities offer a variety of amenities, levels of support, and access to programs designed to increase health and overall wellness.
More than 800,000 seniors live in residential care communities across the country. Chances are, you know someone who currently lives in a senior living community or who will live in a senior living community in the future. However, most people don’t know a lot about the lifestyle and care options offered in the senior communities in their area, and lingering stereotypes about housing options for older adults can keep people from exploring their options.
Fortunately, you can get an inside peek at life at Cedarhurst communities thanks to the people who call those communities their home: our residents!
The senior living industry is nothing like it was just a few decades ago. Thanks to innovations and strides across the continuum, senior living communities are safe, vibrant, and beautiful places to call home. Here at Cedarhurst, each of our communities is unique, just like the residents who live there.
Life in a Cedarhurst community begins with the type of care provided. Each type of community, whether independent living, assisted living, or memory care, is designed to meet our residents’ needs.
Independent living is ideal for active older adults who are looking to downsize their homes while maximizing their lifestyle. At Cedarhurst independent living communities, residents enjoy beautiful apartments along with events that encourage socialization between neighbors.
Assisted living features caregivers available around the clock, offering support with daily activities of living such as showering, dressing, or medication management. Residents enjoy receiving the assistance they need while also maintaining their independence.
Finally, memory care communities are designed especially for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Cedarhurst memory care features specially trained team members who provide assistance and encouragement to foster positive interactions.
Beyond the specialized care that Cedarhurst offers residents, communities also feature premier amenities. For Betty, a resident at Cedarhurst of Lebanon, the dining experience is a feature she enjoys daily. She says, “I have been so pleased here. The kitchen and dining room staff provide us with wonderful meals, as well as lots of yummy goodies.”
For Tim, the son of a resident at Cedarhurst of Blue Springs, the location and attention to detail is just one reason why his mom loves it. He raves, “Cedarhurst is the best senior community. From everything I have seen, from the beauty of the facility in general, the beautiful apartments, and the outside grounds, it is, in my opinion, the best in the area!”
Rhonda, a family member of a memory care resident at Cedarhurst of Highland, appreciates the sense of community. “Highland is really lovely because it’s a smaller community, so things are more personal. Everybody knows everybody. All of the staff know me by name, and they know my daughters and grandkids. It’s very nice to know you’re in an area that feels like family, and they care as much as you care.”
Life at Cedarhurst revolves around lifestyle, socialization, and a focus on overall wellness for every resident. Events and excursions are planned through each community’s Life Enrichment team, giving residents the chance to try something new with neighbors.
Denise, the wife of a memory care resident at Addington Place of Northville, loved attending outings with her husband. She recalls, “My husband participated in activities and outings; we were able to enjoy many of these together. We called them our ‘dates.’”
Julie, the daughter of a resident at Addington Place of Shoal Creek, also notices the carefully planned programs and events. She says, “Rose, the wonderful and caring Activities Director, takes a personal interest in the residents and works hard to keep everyone included, stimulated, and involved.”
For other family members, like ones at Addington Place of Alpharetta, it’s all about the friendships that happen between neighbors. “My mom has been a resident here for five years, and I am so grateful for the love and care that she receives here! She has made so many friends and, in her own words, ‘We are all like one big family.’”
Janet, the daughter of a Cedarhurst resident, notes how moving benefitted her whole family. “I wake up every day knowing mom is not just safe, but also really happy. She moved with my dad. He needed special care and they wanted to be together. Moving into Cedarhurst saved my mother’s life. It kept my parents close, and after dad was gone, mom wasn’t alone when she had a life-threatening emergency. I’m so happy that today she is safe and in a new phase of life with laughter and new friends.”
For Chris, son of a resident at Addington Place of Clarkston, the personalized care his father received made all the difference. He says, “Thank you for taking care of my Pop. A special heartfelt appreciation to those of you that laughed with him, held his hand, kissed him on his cheek, patiently fed him, or in any way helped him maintain his dignity and humanity. These acts of compassion meant more to me than words can describe.”
The coronavirus pandemic left seniors across the country isolated at home alone. Even in Cedarhurst communities, we had to immediately change how we served residents in order to meet and exceed regulations.
Our teams and residents have adapted to the changes in meals, activities, and care because they know we all play a part in keeping our community safe. Fortunately, the residents in Cedarhurst communities have taken advantage of their private patios, providing a safe way for family members to visit while staying socially distant.
Residents and family members, like Bill from Cedarhurst of Blue Springs, have been understanding and patient. Bill says, “You have done an admirable job in protecting my mom and the other residents, in protecting your employees, and in protecting us, the family outside.”
Currently, on-site vaccination clinics are the top priority for Cedarhurst communities. We want to ensure that all residents and staff members who want a COVID-19 vaccine are given one in a timely manner. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and vaccinations are the first step in returning to “normal.”
If your loved one could benefit from senior living, It’s never too early to begin your search. Even in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions and virtual tours, you can still make a more confident decision when you have the time to do your research and aren’t making a fast decision due to an unplanned hospitalization or medical emergency.
Begin your research here, and be sure to schedule a virtual or in-person tour at the Cedarhurst community nearest you. You’ll quickly see what all our residents and family members are raving about, and why they became a part of our big family.