Assisted Living plays an important role in the lives of senior adults all over the United States. To recognize the importance of and educate the public on assisted living services, the National Center for Assisted Living established an annual weeklong celebration known as Assisted Living Week. This year, Assisted Living Week is September 11 through the 17.
The National Center for Assisted Living website states that “the annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.”
This year, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, formerly known as Wesley Manor, will be participating in this weeklong celebration with a number of events and activities for staff and residents. Each day will have a different theme, with a corresponding lunch, including the highly anticipated “Southern Cooking Day.”
The theme of 2016’s Assisted Living Week is “Keep Connected,” a slogan selected to educate the public on the important role that technology plays in the lives of seniors and the staff members who care for them.
Keeping Connected Through Technology
“Technology has really changed Assisted Living for the better,” says Vivian Readus, Assistant Administrator of Assisted Living at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle. “We can communicate with family members from all over using email and texting. It is not always easy to communicate by telephone but a quick email or text is certainly a popular way of communicating.” More than ever before, seniors are actively using personal devices with aps like Facebook, Skype and more as a way to keep connected with their families, friends, churches and other social organizations.
Electronic medical recordkeeping (EMR) is another way that retirement communities are upgrading the care they provide to seniors. Wesley Place on Honeysuckle is upgrading to electronic medical records under a new contract with Point Click Care. This cloud-based system allows the Wesley Place on Honeysuckle nurses and caregivers to have immediate access to current information needed to provide the right care right away, while safeguarding the medical information. Through this kind of technology, staff members spend less time searching for the information they need, and more time in meaningful interaction with the people they serve.
Keeping Connected Through the 101 Program
To jumpstart the celebration of Assisted Living Week, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle is hosting a special event to help educate the public on the role of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Assisted Living as well as in the health care setting. The event, titled “Alzheimer’s 101”, will be held on September 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel. Speakers include Kay Jones of the Alzheimer’s Resource Center and Elaine Brackin of the Dothan Progress. Reservations are required for this lunch and learn event, so contact Wesley Place on Honeysuckle at 334-792-0921 to R.S.V.P.
Wesley Place on Honeysuckle regularly hosts continuing education unit (CEU) events for professionals in the health care field looking to expand their expertise and keep up with the evolving industry. These CEU events offer invaluable information not only to professionals who work at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, but to other professionals in the area as well, strengthening the community’s health care services.
For more information on how you can get involved in Assisted Living Week at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, or to R.S.V.P. to the Alzheimer’s 101 Program, call us at 334-792-0921.