5 Ways to Embrace Senior Independence Month
Living an independent lifestyle is important, no matter your age. That’s why it’s a “no-brainer” for us to embrace Senior Independence Month in February. At United Methodist Communities, one of our goals is helping the seniors in our community maintain their independence through customized care, activities, and assistance with daily tasks of living. With that said, here are some of the ways to embrace your senior independence this month.
Assistance through technology
Part of being independent is knowing and admitting when you need some help. A smartphone or tablet is a great aid with daily tasks. There are so many apps available to seniors to help with managing medications, keeping up with fitness habits, and navigating new locations. Apps like Zoom and Skype are also efficient in connecting seniors with their family and friends when they need a little assistance or socialization.
Especially during the pandemic when face-to-face meetings with family and friends aren’t always possible or encouraged. Here at Collingswood, our associates are available 24/7 to help residents with their smart devices. We have the patience, knowledge and bandwidth to connect seniors with the newest apps in order to promote the most independent lifestyle.
Senior activities to promote independence
An independent mind is also a healthy one. One of the best ways to keep the mind healthy is to engage in cognitive exercises. This may sound a little bit like a science lesson, but trust us, it doesn’t have to be! Simple cognitive exercises like puzzles and board games can keep seniors’ minds sharp and also delay memory loss in some cases. At our assisted living community, we encourage seniors to engage in fun cognitive exercises each day, and with other residents (as long as it complies with our latest COVID-19 safety protocols).
Care customized to your needs
Most assisted living communities have found a way to support the individual needs and requirements of each resident. Here at UMC in Collingswood, we take this a step further by screening our nurses, aides and professional caregivers for their past quality of their care and current certifications. We are proud of each care team and the custom services that they are able to provide each resident, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By tailoring the care to each senior resident, they promote their independence in their own apartments for as long as possible.
Independent senior lifestyles in Collingswood, NJ
The overall experience at Collingswood is one that enhances a person’s security, dignity and independence. We believe in a living model in which residents can receive escalating services in their apartment as their needs change. Specialty neighborhoods are also available for those with memory disorders or those who need skilled nursing care. We take the time to match professional services with the needs of individuals, rather than a “one size fits all” approach that may unnecessarily relinquish some independence from the resident.