“Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit”
Peoria, AZ (September 2015) Today’s seniors are expecting more from every aspect of their lives. The senior housing industry has responded by creating assisted living communities where senior residents thrive. To celebrate the way more than one million people live, there is National Assisted Living Week® which takes place between September 13-19, 2015. This year’s theme “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit” showcases the integral role caregivers play in assisted living residences such as Montecito Senior Living.
The theme celebrates the countless ways assisted living caregivers nurture the whole resident. Communities across the country work each and every day to ensure that the lives of their residents are fully nourished in each and every way. Conversely, residents nourish the lives of team members and volunteers by, with the support of loved ones, sharing their inspiring lives.
“Our caregivers provide comfort, care, and companionship to enhance the lives of our residents,” said Jill Romo for Montecito. “This celebration recognizes the bonds built between residents and the assisted living caregivers who are committed to providing residents with person-centered care and services.”
Who Moves Into Assisted Living*?
– Typical Resident – The typical resident is a woman about 87 years old1 who is mobile, but needs assistance with approximately two to three activities of daily living.
– Percentage Of All Residents By Age Groups – In 2010, 54 percent of assisted living residents are 85 years or older; 27 percent are 75-84 years old; 9 percent of residents are between 65 and 74 years; and 11 percent are younger than 65 years old.2
– Gender – Seventy-four percent assisted living residents are female; 26 percent male.
– Moving In – Residents come to assisted living facilities from a variety of settings:
- 70% moved from a private home or apartment
- 9% came from a nursing facility
- 9% moved from a retirement or independent living community
- 7% moved from a family residence
- 5% came from another assisted living residence or group home
– Moving Out – Fifty-nine percent of residents will move into a nursing facility. Thirty-three percent will pass away. The remaining will move home or to another location.
– Median Length of Stay: The median length of stay for residents is about 22 months.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living has developed over the last couple of decades, creating a new level of care that offers support for daily living tasks but minimal nursing care. Communities specifically and intentionally feel and look more like home than an institution – setting them apart from nursing homes.
Like a retirement living community, the philosophy of assisted living embraces independence, choice and the opportunity for seniors to live enriching lives with additional care at their disposal. The everyday tasks of chores, home maintenance and meals are taken care of as well as the assurance that licensed nurses are on staff for residents.
In assisted living, family members are welcome to visit and participate in community life, and benefit from support services and the knowledge that their loved one is more than well cared for. In fact it’s well documented that older adults who need some assistance with daily living tasks, such as dining, cleaning or medication management often benefit and thrive from better nutrition, more social interaction and higher activity levels in assisted living communities.
To learn more about a healthy senior living lifestyle contact Jill Romo at The Montecito at 623-972-1400.
About The Montecito
The Montecito provides the finest in sophisticated senior living with independent living and assisted living options, blending comfort and style for residents. Located at 17271 North 87th Ave in Peoria, AZ, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on The Montecito call 623-972-1400 or visit www.themontecitoseniorliving.com.
Jill Romo or Holly Carroll
MontecitoAZMKG@ISLLLC.com or MontecitoAZMKG2@ISLLLC.com
*Information provided by NCAL: https://www.ahcancal.org/ncal