There’s no better time to begin thinking about senior living than during National Assisted Living Week Sept. 8 through Sept. 14. The week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
The annual observance offers a variety of events and activities to celebrate caregivers and the individuals they serve. It also provides a platform to help educate the public about the distinctive aspects of long-term care.
Cascades joins tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country this week in honoring assisted living professionals, and those of us who receive their outstanding care.
The objective of this year’s observation is to recognize the value of tapping into our creative side to improve our quality of life.
We agree that art therapy offers many benefits. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is great for improving cognitive and sensory-motor functions, fostering self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivating emotional resilience, enhancing social skills, and reducing and resolving conflicts and distress.
Additionally, this year’s theme aims to inspire assisted living staff to get creative in order to further person-centered care. In fact, staff at all levels are encouraged to offer ideas that help improve each resident’s quality of life.
Transitioning to long term care can be difficult. We all wish we could live at home forever, but for some of us moving to an assisted living community may be the best option to ensure our safety and wellbeing.
When looking for assisted living, seek care that not only helps you manage your health and daily tasks, but also provides life-enriching programs catered to your specific interests.
National Assisted Living Week’s theme “A Spark of Creativity” reminds us that creativity is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Because no matter our age, disability or diagnosis, each of us has the capacity to enjoy creative pursuits.
At Cascades, we are honored to help our residents live life to the fullest every day. Our residents are “the spark” that drives us to provide a caring, fulfilling and fun senior lifestyle community.