Assisted Living: Balancing Independence With Care
By Marissa Willman
What is assisted living
Assisted living is a long-term care setting in which residents receive housing, caregiver support and health care services on a daily basis, as needed. This living arrangement maximizes resident dignity, privacy and autonomy, much like independent living settings, and is designed for those who need some assistance with activities of daily living, but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care.
Amenities offered in assisted living typically include 24-hour security, accessible campuses, community dining, housekeeping services, transportation, exercise and wellness programs, coordinated activities and social events. Care services include staff well-being checks, medication management, therapeutic services such as physical therapy, and assistance with eating, bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living.
What does assisted living look like at Kirkwood Orange?
For most residents at Kirkwood Orange, a Cadence community in Orange, California, socializing with friends shapes their schedules.
They often meet in the dining room to savor the chef’s daily special, or can be found playing cards and snacking together in the Country Kitchen. Another beloved common area is the on-site ice cream parlor, where a vintage jukebox and model classic cars take residents back in time as they enjoy a scoop of ice cream with their favorite toppings.
In this assisted living community, residents enjoy the best quality of life possible while benefiting from care-giving support with day-to-day tasks as needed.
To ensure residents can take advantage of everything the community has to offer and simply enjoy their daily lives, Kirkwood Orange provides round-the-clock care and support. For seniors who primarily live independently, the staff may only need to assist with medications or check in before mealtime.
Residents who need more assistance are likely to spend more time with the care-giving staff. The day may begin with a knock at the door as a caregiver stops in to assist with personal hygiene needs, which may include dressing, bathing or just a steady hand to ensure they don’t slip stepping into the shower.
Caregivers may also help residents with regular tasks such as making their beds or doing their laundry, depending on their specific needs and wishes.
But above all, Kirkwood Orange is simply comfortable. The staff strives to make it feel like home, or perhaps like a favorite bed and breakfast, complete with a comforting decor and old-time music filling the relaxing living room.
During the day, residents may decide to get their hair and nails done at Kirkwood Orange’s beauty parlor, before enjoying some leisure time in the living room, where residents often unwind or nap. Meanwhile, the outdoor patio is the place to be for group exercise classes and gardening in the afternoons.
“There’s a sense of comfort and excitement,” says Tracy Colburn, Vice President of Operations at Cadence Senior Living. “We offer activities and options that keep our residents in their routine—in their rhythm of life—as much as possible.” Activities include leisurely morning group walks, regular pet visits, musical performances, movie nights and planned excursions to local attractions. Residents here have ongoing opportunities to continue their favorite pastimes, pick up a new hobby or make new friends.
At the end of the day, residents can retreat to their apartments—each furnished and decorated to the resident’s liking—before beginning a new day at Kirkwood Orange.
It’s only natural to want to live independently for as long as possible, and with assisted living support like that offered at Kirkwood Orange, seniors can maintain independence.
For more information on assisted living services or Kirkwood Orange, contact Stephanie Radu, Executive Director (714) 282-1409 or [email protected].