Julie Aliseo wanted to make sure her mother, Dolly Brugman, found a senior residence that provided a safe, nurturing environment where her mother would have a sense of belonging. They toured many senior properties looking for just the right place for her mother, Dolly.
While many places seemed decent, she was turned off by the fact that most tours ended with a hard-sell to immediately sign Dolly up as a resident. Their tour of Williamsburg Landing in Wilton Manors, Florida however, ended differently.
“At the end of the Williamsburg Landing tour, the staff actually asked questions about what my mother’s needs were and how they could fulfill them,” says Aliseo, “and they have fulfilled their promises with actions, not just words.”
Dolly has been living for a number of years at Williamsburg Landing. Both she and her daughter are certain they made the right decision. Dolly spends her days as active or as quiet as she sees fit. She visits with friends over lunch and is particularly fond of bingo.
Making the Decision is Never Easy
Aging adults can have a difficult time accepting assistance and care. It can also be hard for family members to think about, let alone talk about moving a loved one to a senior care residence. Doing research and having a clear idea of what’s important to a person going into a senior community will help ensure that you make the right choice.
More of these conversations will be taking place across the United States as a growing elderly population is planning out how to spend their golden years. Some studies estimate that by 2030, there will be 61 million people aged 66-84. Despite the benefits of medical advancements and increased life expectancy, members of aging populations will eventually be faced with decisions about how to manage their medical care and maintain a satisfying quality of life.
“Most seniors are very much against the idea of making a move to a retirement community,” says Nicole Sutton, Administrator at Marrinson Senior Care Residences. “The golden age generation thinks of assisted living as convalescent centers or nursing homes where you go to live out your last days.”
By the time a person becomes a senior, they’ve spent many years building a life and home where they feel most comfortable and don’t imagine ever leaving. There are at-home care options which may be the right choice for some, but it can also be expensive and still leave seniors at risk for all too common issues like loneliness and safety.
The Advantages to Senior Care Residences
The advantages of moving to a senior care residence can go further in combating loneliness, managing medical conditions, and ensuring safety. Living in a community with trained medical staff, customized living arrangements, and engaging activities offers what living at home often cannot--access to a vibrant community with an array of services based on individual needs.
Marrinson Senior Care Residences manages senior living facilities in Florida and South Carolina and has been doing so for more than five decades. Marrinson based their program of services on providing professional care, addressing individual needs, and a robust activity program. “We focus very strongly on ensuring that our communities are a new beginning for our residents,” says Nicole Sutton, Activities and entertainment are a very important aspect of running a great retirement community.”
Marrinson offers variety of large and small outings. They also take residents to local restaurants, casinos, and theatres. Community members at Marrinson Senior Care Residences take an active role with organized leadership forms maintained by the residents themselves. The Resident Council Committee, Welcoming Committee, and Building & Grounds Committee allow residents to have influence and be an important part of life in their new living situation.
The extensive activities program helps residents transition with purpose, but the residence administrators and staff actively work to personalize the resident experience. They take the time to get to know each new member of the community by discovering their tastes and interests. They make introductions between residents with commonalities, recommend table mates for meals, and remind residents about specific activities in which they’ve expressed an interest.
Seniors at a Marrinson Senior Care Residence also have the opportunity to give back to their local communities. Marrinson often hosts charitable fundraisers for various local causes. The Williamsburg Landing residents have hosted several events to raise money for the Dan Marino Foundation which helps children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism.
Safety and Security
The primary concern facing seniors and family members looking for the right senior care residence is safety. Many seniors and families initially consider assisted living for themselves or a loved one because they might not be getting the correct nutrition or improperly taking medications at home. Marrison provides a nurse on staff seven days a week and develops a specific care plan for administering medications and managing dietary needs.
Aliseo recommends doing your homework before deciding on the right assisted living community, “You may see an amazing website online, but you really don’t know what a community is going to be like until you visit, get to know some of the residents, and talk to staff.”
Marrinson Senior Care Residences offers prospective new residents and their families an opportunity to get a real feel for their communities with scheduled tours which include lunch. Those curious about learning more can visit www.marrinson.com to choose a location and schedule an onsite visit.