National Assisted Living Week celebrates the relationships that staff, family members and volunteers have in caring for the 1 million residents in assisted living communities across the United States. Caring for senior community members is one of life's most rewarding experiences for staff of every position. The beauty of Assisted Living is that it enables residents to remain independent in their choices and lifestyle, while providing just the right amount of assistance to make their day successful. Whether that assistance is hands on with personal care, a ride to the store, or a great afternoon laughing and sharing an activity, it is a celebration of people caring, enjoying and giving of one another. The wealth of knowledge and wisdom that senior's impart to those of us who are lucky enough to share a relationships with them, is a gift that lasts a lifetime.
There are two main types of assisted living residences - those for the frail elderly who need help with activities of daily living [ADLs] and those with special program for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Some places offer both levels while others offer a continuum of care from independent to assisted to skilled nursing.
National Assisted Living Week® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living, Washington, D.C. At their website you may find many helpful resources on choosing an assisted living residence and how to have a successful transition for a loved one.
In honor of National Assisted Living Week, McLean is sponsoring a lecture by the Director of Assisted Living, Terry Holm, and Supervisor of Assisted Living, Susan Safino, titled Understanding in Depth the Levels of Assisted Living and Memory Care and Which May Be Right for You. Wed. Sept. 12th 5 PM at McLean. RSVP 860-658-3906.