Why Don’t People Say Nursing Home Anymore?April 14, 2016 | Chateau Brickyard
When senior residences were established, they looked more like hospitals than homes. The term 'nursing home' encompassed all places where elderly people lived, regardless of whether they received nursing care or not. Nursing homes still exist, but they are vastly different than they once were, and offer excellent care for seniors with serious medical issues--but nursing homes are far outweighed in number and popularity by independent living communities. Read on to learn more about independent living for seniors and why it has become so prevalent in Salt Lake City, UT, and elsewhere.
Nursing Homes: The Past
Nursing homes were created as a means of providing housing and basic healthcare for an aging population in poor health and condition. Nursing homes looked like hospitals, large establishments filled with hundreds of beds for patients. Lack of privacy and personal space were commonplace, as was a somber atmosphere. Nursing home patients were often treated as convalescents and were not always supported in regaining their health and independence.
That model continued for many decades until the backlash of the 1990s, when health care providers, dementia experts, aging experts, and elderly citizens and their families decided enough was enough. A new model was needed, one that encouraged active senior living and embraced aging with dignity. Active senior communities like Chateau Brickyard were founded with a commitment to offering exceptional service by compassionate people, all with the goal of helping the elderly remain active and independent.
Independent Senior Living Communities: The Present
Active senior living communities provide seniors with both a home and a community teeming with their peers. This communal aspect of senior living allows an individual to maintain their independence while having the opportunity to eat meals with friends and socialize at will. This can boost physical, emotional, and mental health. Independent living communities foster independence, self-reliance, and confidence; they also nurture the bond between residents.
Our seniors aged 55+ love living in our beautiful community, with its gorgeous views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains. We're also conveniently located near many shopping and entertainment opportunities, like the Hogle Zoo Temple Square and Red Butte Gardens. Our interiors are just as lovely, with fabulous community amenities and spacious apartments. Our restaurant style dining room, laundry centers, library, art center, fitness center, and beauty salon all make our residents feel right at home from the moment they move in. We offer a full calendar of social programs and life enrichment activities and are always open to suggestions! Some of our residents' favorites include ice cream socials, book clubs, music events, holiday celebrations, and community gardening projects. Visit our Facebook page to learn what our senior living community has been up to recently.
If you're interested in learning more about active senior living at Chateau Brickyard or would like to schedule a tour please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one.
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