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Are Senior Living Communities Safe?

Are Senior Living Communities Safe?

Safety is undoubtedly a primary concern when choosing a senior living community. Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, peace of mind knowing that you or your loved one is protected and well-cared for is essential. Senior living communities provide a comprehensive sense of security that goes beyond just physical safety. This includes access to essential needs like food and medical care, a comfortable and familiar living space, and the company of others. These factors combined contribute to a secure and supportive environment, often at a level that’s difficult to replicate at home for an individual senior.

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Promoting Senior Living Safety by Minimizing Risk

The cornerstone of safety for senior living residents is minimizing risk, and this extends beyond more obvious risk of physical harm or illness. At Five Star Senior Living, we recognize that safety takes many forms and our senior living communities are designed to address safety in every area of our residents’ lives. Here are just a few ways that we prioritize safety in our senior living communities:

Minimizing Physical Risks

Living at home, seniors are at high risk for injury from falls or other home accidents. For seniors experiencing difficulty with balance or mobility, it can be not only overwhelming to figure out how to transform a home into a fully accessible place, but it can be very expensive. Things like ramps, stair lifts, grab bars, altered countertop heights, or other accessibility modifications add up quickly.

Senior living communities are expertly designed to minimize physical risks for residents. Every Five Star Senior Living community looks at all aspects of safety, from building security down to the transition slips between different room floorings to prevent falls. There are also handrails in most hallways for added support and emergency pull cords in many bathrooms, which can be used in the event of a fall or lock-in. For additional reassurance, many of our assisted living and memory care residents also receive personal pendants to summon team members right away in an emergency.

Support and Companionship

Two of the most significant advantages of a senior living community are the support and companionship you get the moment you walk in. Chronic loneliness can lead to various health issues, which is why senior living communities create opportunities to make new connections among residents through regular activities and programs, communal dining, and shared common areas. By enjoying opportunities for social engagement and companionship, our residents are able to feel an increased sense of wellbeing and safety, regularly seeing familiar faces and being able to lean on others for emotional support.

Regular Maintenance

Home maintenance can pose a major safety risk to seniors who live at home alone and have a strong DIY spirit. Risky activities like climbing a ladder to change a lightbulb or lying down to fix a leaking sink are eliminated when living in a senior living community. With dedicated team members and apartments designed with safety and mobility accommodations in mind, help is just a phone call away and residents can focus on enjoying retirement instead of continuously worrying about household chores. Built-in maintenance and access to maintenance on-call also helps provide reassurance for residents and their families in the event of an emergency.

Proactively Addressing Senior Health Risks

When it comes to senior health and safety, it’s important to remember there’s more to health than managing or preventing physical disease. The best senior living communities help minimize risk and promote an overall sense of wellbeing by focusing on each area of health – social, mental, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual.

At Five Star Senior Living, our exclusive Lifestyle360 programming addresses each of these pillars of senior health through things like senior exercise classes and other fitness activities, social gatherings, creative outlets like painting or music, spiritual practice and exploration, opportunities for learning a new language or skill, and so much more.

Creating A Safe Senior Living Community for Residents and Staff

At Five Star Senior Living, we recognize that prioritizing safety in our senior living communities extends beyond the wellbeing of our residents to include our residents, visitors, and staff, and we have always made this our number one priority. Fostering an environment of physical and emotional safety for everyone through proper staff training and necessary precautions allows us to provide the best care to our residents and to uphold our reputation for providing safe senior living communities our residents can truly call home.

Security Measures at Senior Living Communities

Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable and safe, which is why many senior living communities have a team member to greet you right at the entrance. At Five Star Senior Living, all our communities feature a concierge-style service to greet guests, handle mail and packages, and authorize access for visitors.

Other senior living safety measures to look for include things like:

  • The presence of functioning fire alarms, a sprinkler system, and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Security personnel on the premises
  • Properly locked doors to prevent unknown visitors from entering buildings
  • Clearly communicated emergency preparedness and building exit protocols in the event of a fire, natural disaster, or other emergency
  • For memory care facilities, presence of knowledgeable staff and access control systems to prevent residents from wandering to unfamiliar areas of the building or accidentally exiting the building unattended
  • Clear rules for visitors and security protocols for checking in/verifying visitors’ identities
  • Procedures for containing and managing outbreaks of contagious disease
  • Cleanliness and sanitation in common areas and dining areas
  • Well-lit facilities and outdoor areas
  • Surveillance equipment to monitor for safety

Five Star Senior Living – A Safe Place to Live

There’s never been a better time to move into a Five Star Senior Living community, where safety and security are always a priority. Find a community near you and enjoy the peace of mind that being a Five Star Senior Living resident can bring today!

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