Staff’s Children Hang Out With Residents in Homelike Memory-Care Community
One positive senior-care trend is the homelike movement. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are embracing new models that emphasize homey environments and patient choice.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune profiles one such facility, Silverado, a memory-care community in Irvine, CA. (There are also Silverado communities elsewhere in California and in five other states, the article says.) It incorporates pets, a somewhat common feature of homelike communities, but it also provides some interesting human interaction—with staff’s children.
The feel of Silverado is of a really big house. It has a garden, a swimming pool and a kitchen where residents can make a cup of tea or grab a snack. Pets are encouraged, so dogs and cats roam the halls freely and birds whistle greetings from their cages. Staff members bring their children to work, and they happily interact with their “grandparents.”
You can see what kind of memory care your town offers here. If you’d like to learn more about the homelike movement, check out these OurParents videos:
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.