The services that seniors need and want most are social, nutritional and housekeeping.
This conclusion is based on over twenty years of experience in the senior housing industry and on surveys conducted by our firm, Care Planning Partners Inc.
Older adults, many of whom live alone, mostly as a result of the different life expectancies between men and women, need these basic services to thrive.
Meals. We all know that eating by yourself is not the ideal, and we therefore tend to whip something together without really considering nutrition, when we eat alone.
The other thing I have noticed is that meal preparation becomes a chore. My mother, a great cook in her prime, doesn’t want to stand in front of a stove any more - it’s a chore, besides, it hurts her because of hip and knee problems.
Social. Living alone means that you experience feelings of loneliness. That feeling results in other problems - depression, lack of interest in life, less social interaction and less usage of the grey matter. Research has proven that human interaction results in keeping the mind sharp and reduces memory loss.
Housekeeping. Help in maintaining a suite - dusting, cleaning, linens and towels are difficult tasks for older adults.
Our survey of retirement homes disclosed that the services most in demand, in addition to those above are medication management (70.9%), bathing assistance (53.2%) and dressing and personal hygiene (26 to 28%).
In an independent supportive living residence you also benefit from the safety and security of 24-hour emergency response, shopping assistance and transportation.