As senior living companies continue to adapt to new methods of caring during COVID-19, it is important to continue to keep the seniors engaged to move the body, intrigue the mind and inspire the spirit with a robust recreation program. Most assisted living and memory care communities consider their activities program as a defining aspect of the work they do. Even one-on-one activities can be engaging, while keeping the seniors as safe as possible from COVID-19. Here are some of the reasons that it is important to continue to offer engaging activities in senior living communities.
It Keeps Them Happy and Satisfied
The number one priority of any assisted living or memory care community should be keeping the seniors they care for happy. Offering activities that focus on the mental and physical wellness of the seniors will have a direct correlation to the morale and happiness of the seniors. Fox Rehabilitation Services notes that, “Resident satisfaction and quality of life depend, in part, on wellness lifestyle offerings. Over 75 percent of residents say that participation in a wellness program has made them more satisfied with the overall community.” You can still offer these programs, just slightly adjusted, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It Provides a Sense of Routine
If there is one thing that people of all ages can agree on as one of the lessons learned during COVID-19, routine is vital to mental health. Senior living communities should be offering a daily with set times for programming that allow that sense of routine to flourish. Experts have found that, “People who favor an active daytime routine…. have healthier sleeping cycles. These, consequently, are associated with better mental health and minimize the risk of developing emotional difficulties.” By offering activities on a daily basis, the seniors get to reap the mental health benefits of a steady routine that gives them a sense of purpose throughout their day.
It Keeps Them Healthy
When considering the benefits of long-term care living, it is important to note that an engaging lifestyle is healthy. When working with seniors, it is vital to inspire the mind, move the body, and inspire the spirit. Especially when it comes to heart health, which is paramount to monitor in seniors. A robust recreation program and staying active can do wonders in combating heart disease.
It Maintains a Sense of Normalcy
During these trying times, people are doing their best to latch on to any sense of normalcy. It is important for assisted living, memory care and long-term care to create a new, safer normal. When discussing the importance of daily activities on mental health, experts have stated that, “When [activities are] part of our routine…. they become our ‘new normal’.”