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guide to assisted living

A Comprehensive Guide to Assisted Living Services: Everything You Need to Know

Understanding the emotional and physical strain that relocating can cause for seniors, The Kensington Sierra Madre prides itself on its unique ability to allow residents to age in place.

As time progresses and our residents’ needs change, they’re not required to move again. Instead, our services and care levels adjust to meet their evolving needs. 

This ensures continuous comfort and gives peace of mind to families, knowing their loved ones can maintain a consistent environment and familiar faces.

We’ll show you everything else to consider when choosing the right community for your loved one with our guide to assisted living.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

Understanding assisted living

Assisted living communities provide seniors with an environment that promotes independence while ensuring they receive the necessary support for daily activities. 

As they age, many seniors face challenges related to mobility, cognitive functions, and health, making daily tasks increasingly difficult. 

Key benefits and advantages of assisted living

  • Personalized care: Tailored to individual needs, ensuring seniors get the right level of assistance.
  • Social opportunities: Help combat loneliness and promote mental well-being.
  • Safety and security: Structured environments with 24/7 support and wander management reduce risks more than if they lived alone.
  • Health and wellness: Regular health monitoring, fitness programs, and nutritious meals promote overall wellness.
  • Maintenance-free living: Residents no longer need to worry about home maintenance, yard work, or other chores. 
  • Independence with support: While The Kensington Sierra Madre provides support for activities of daily living, it also prioritizes residents’ autonomy. Seniors can lead their lives with a sense of independence while having the assurance that help is available when needed.
  • Peace of mind for families: Knowing their loved one is in a safe environment, receiving appropriate care, and having opportunities for socialization provides immense peace of mind to families.

Determining your loved one’s needs for assisted living 

As your loved one ages, observing and understanding the subtle changes they experience is vital.

If they start facing difficulties with any of the following, it may be time to consider assisted living:

  • Dressing themselves
  • Eating or preparing meals
  • Withdrawing from social engagements
  • Frequent falls
  • Neglecting home maintenance
  • Erratic mood changes 
  • Memory challenges
  • Forgetting to take medication

These are not just passing phases; they’re clear signs that their safety and well-being might be at risk if they remain in their home. 

In such moments, considering assisted living isn’t about taking away their independence but about ensuring they are safe, cared for, and can continue to lead a fulfilling life with the support they deserve.

Take any symptoms they’re already experiencing into account when choosing an assisted living community. Be sure to inquire with staff and management how their community handles the specific symptoms that your loved one is experiencing. 

Transitioning to assisted living 

It’s natural to have mixed feelings, from apprehension to anticipation when moving a loved one to assisted living. 

Preparing yourself emotionally allows you to remain steady to offer support and reassurance to your loved one.

Planning ahead and personalizing their new space with familiar items can make a difference in their mood for a smooth move-in day. 

As your loved one adjusts to their new environment, consistent emotional support, patience, and frequent visits can help bridge the gap between the past and this new chapter. 

Open communication with the staff and caregivers is key, ensuring that your loved one’s needs and preferences are well-understood and met. 

Even as they settle in, staying actively involved in their life and care keeps the bond strong and reassures them that they’re valued, loved, and never alone on this journey.

With the help of an assisted living community, you can spend more time building new memories with your loved one, knowing that their physical and mental wellness is being cared for.

The role of caregivers and families in decision-making

While your loved one should be involved in the conversation if able, families and caregivers should complete the following to make an informed decision:

  • Assessment: Identifying the level of care their senior loved one requires, understanding their preferences, and evaluating various assisted living options.
  • Support: Providing emotional support during the transition, ensuring their loved one feels understood and valued.
  • Coordination: Collaborating with The Kensington Sierra Madre to ensure the senior’s needs are met adequately.
  • Continuous Evaluation: Periodically reassessing the lo’s condition and ensuring the community aligns with their evolving needs.

Assisted living services at The Kensington Sierra Madre

The Kensington Sierra Madre offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of seniors.

  • Personal care and assistance with daily living activities, ensuring residents can navigate their day with confidence and dignity.
  • Meticulous medication management to ensure optimal resident health. 
  • Variety of dining options that cater to both dietary needs and personal preferences. 
  • An array of recreational and social activities, promoting mental well-being and fostering community connections. 
  • On-site healthcare and medical services, ensuring residents have immediate access to care when needed.
  • Three levels of memory care:
    • Kensington Club: early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia
    • Connections: early to mid stages 
    • Haven: late stage memory loss

Sierra Madre’s unique PAC certification

In a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional care, The Kensington Sierra Madre stands out among other communities with its PAC Certification

PAC (Positive Approach to Care) Certification underlines our proficiency in offering specialized care tailored for those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia

The PAC certification ensures that our team’s interaction with residents is understanding, respectful, and designed to maintain dignity.

FAQs about assisted living at The Kensington Sierra Madre

  • What levels of care are available? Our community offers assisted living along with three levels of memory care for those in the different stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. 
  • How do you ensure the safety and well-being of residents? We employ state-of-the-art security systems and a 24-hour staff presence to ensure the safety of all residents. Moreover, our PAC certification assures families we have the necessary training to safely cater to specific needs.
  • What activities and amenities are available for residents? We offer a variety of engaging activities, from arts and crafts to fitness programs and outings, ensuring that our residents are mentally and physically active.
  • Can family members visit anytime? Yes, we believe in maintaining family connections. We have open visiting hours, with designated areas for private family time and invite our families to participate in our activities and enrichment programming. also we offer complimentary meals to all families.
  • How do you manage residents with dietary restrictions or needs? We have partner dietitians who work closely with our chefs to prepare meals that cater to the individual dietary requirements of each resident.

Secure a brighter, safer future for your loved one

We hope our guide to assisted living offered insight into everything you should consider when transitioning a loved one. 

Not all senior living is built the same and we believe The Kensington Sierra Madre stands out above the rest. 

If you have more questions about our community or assisted living in general—connect with us today and discover how we prioritize resident well-being and care. We’re glad to answer all of your questions and offer you peace of mind. 

We stand by Our Promise to love and care for your family as we do our own. Your loved one deserves the best, and so do you. 

Reach out to The Kensington Sierra Madre today!

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