Chances are, unless you have a elderly person or persons in your family, you never really gave much thought to senior care or adult day services in America. Most people never really stop to consider the quality of life our grandparents and soon, our parents will have when they begin to become more dependent on the various elder care social services that are available to them in this country.
I am no exception to this. Until my mom got afflicted with COPD and became confined to a wheelchair I never gave much thought to the services that were available to our seniors once their physical health began to diminish. Once they begin to depend on large scale social services, adult day care, and respite facilities to provide general services to them, what quality of life might they expect and just how much assistance was available to their primary caregivers?
Keeping our elders out of assisted living and nursing home facilities as long as possible should be a priority in our country, at least until no other alternative is possible. Too frequently, seniors are institutionalized into such facilities because their spouses and children lack the free time and resources to provide basic companionship style supervision during working hours. sadly, many of these people who require only casual supervision are committed to institutions because nobody is available to just provide that companionship to alleviate boredom, cook a meal, or provide social interaction of any kind.
These are NOT reasons anyone should be institutionalized, but once they are, they are now faced with a life based on a rigid daily schedule. Such scheduling might be needed for dementia and Alzheimer's patients, but to the average mentally alert and competent senior, this type of structured lifestyle is often perceived as a prison sentence.
The Golden Years prototype facility, currently under construction in Woodbury ,Long Island, New York and slated to open in June, 2011, will change all of that. Offering over 15 state of the art continuous and simultaneous activities, TGY will give our patrons who have the capability and the desire to function independently and vitally, the ability to do so.
Whether it's a swim in our 1,500 sq. ft. indoor pool, a dip in our 20' whirlpool spa, a manicure, a pedicure, a massage, a ceramics class, a cooking lesson by a french chef, a planting session in our massive greenhouse, knitting, sewing, some time on the internet in our state of the art computer lab, a movie, a few games of bingo, or just a relaxing nap in our plush quiet room, ALL of these possibilities will be available to each of our patrons all day....every day, from 7am to 7pm, 365 days per year!
If you had a wish list of what you would like to see offered in a facility of this type, what would it be? TELL US! And if we can, we will provide it in this prototype facility, or at least consider it for addition on one of the next generation facilities coming soon to a location near you!