Show some love during National Assisted Living Week | PostIndependent.com

Show some love during National Assisted Living Week

Michael Farrell
Mesa Vista Assisted Living
Michael Farrell
Staff Photo |

One of the great benefits of being a part of today’s more health-conscious society is the fact that many of us are living longer. Not only living longer, but staying active well into our senior years.

You may have heard the phrase “60 is the new 40.” Now it is being said that “80 is the new 60.” Eating well and remaining physically active, along with improved medical care, are resulting in this modern phenomenon.

Many of our seniors will come to a point where they may need a little help with day-to-day living, but do not want to give up their more active lifestyle. Perhaps they are just not up to driving, housekeeping chores, cooking or keeping track of when to take their medications.

Maybe they are feeling lonely and isolated after the passing of their spouse, but they are still active and don’t require skilled nursing care.

This is a niche filled by assisted living communities. The key word here is “assisted.” Assisted livings are focused on helping residents be as independent and vital as possible, while ensuring a safe and social environment. Assisted living communities can range in size from four beds to more than 100 in some cases.

Assisted living communities generally provide 24-hour staffing, three meals a day, medication administration, laundry and housekeeping services, some personal care services, some transportation services and activities. The specifics of each service offered varies with each community.

At Mesa Vista Assisted Living in Battlement Mesa residents have a wide range of scheduled activities available each day, encouraging social interaction while also promoting physical exercise.

Residents also have the option to do things on their own if they prefer. Weekly shopping trips are offered, along with local transportation to doctors’ appointments.

The week of Sept. 13 through 18 is National Assisted Living Week. In recognition of the services, assisted living residences provide to their communities, I encourage everyone to consider volunteering, to get involved. Those of you with friends or relatives living in an assisted living facility, I urge you to visit your loved ones as often as you can.

A little love is always appreciated.

Michael Farrell is the activity director and adult day program director at Mesa Vista Assisted Living in Battlement Mesa. He can be reached at mfarrell@seniorhousingoptions.org.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.