Assisted Living in Houston - Senior Living Promotes Happiness
Readers scan the monthly Senior Living section to get ideas on which community will work best for them or their family member. Moving to a senior living community is a significant late life-transition but, rest assured, in speaking with assisted living in Houston residents who have taken this path, “Senior Living Promotes Happiness.” Yes, it’s a dramatic step to move from your home of 50+ years, or from your traditional apartment. But the benefits of doing so can so enhance the latter years of seniors. Let’s look at why.
First off, most seniors anticipate a move for a couple of key reasons. First, maintenance free living – mowing the yard, fixing the roof, and other home upkeep tasks are no longer easy. Second, extra support and Peace-of-Mind – after age 80, often the adult kids don’t want mom or dad living alone. They worry about them having a nutritional diet, they worry they might fall and no one will notice, and they worry about their physical security. Third, once parents have given up their keys, they can become isolated as they rely more on others to drive them to the grocery store, to church/synagogue or to see friends.
The key benefit that contributes to resident happiness in senior living communities is socialization. There are three times daily at Treemont to dine with one’s peers. As one resident so artfully says, I enjoy going to the dining room 3 times a day. I think the most important thing is just being around people. Some people don’t come down to eat 3 times a day. They say they’re not hungry. If they aren’t hungry, let them come down sit at the table and just drink a cup of coffee and visit and be around people. I think that’s very important.
At Treemont, we have found that residents have forged close relationships late in life. They bond over similar work or life experiences, or playing bridge, singing in the choir, gardening, attending monthly parties and other activities facilitated by the Treemont activities department. Residents come as couples or as singles after a spouse passes. There is a support network available at retirement communities that can lift the spirits and be a pleasant surprise to new residents. One Treemont resident says, “I’ve enjoyed the residents who varied and full of fun. I love the informal atmosphere. It’s like a home. It’s not institutional in any way. The activities are interesting and informative.”
In life, one is responsible for one’s own happiness. However, being in an environment that is supportive and loving, with caring staff members can help immensely. As one resident put it so reflectively, “The main thing, the people have an ethic, that they are there to make me happy and to meet my every need… Instead of a plumbing problem, that always happen on weekends, and you have to pay overtime, instead of all that, if I need to change a light bulb, I just pick up the phone and call the Treemont office.”
View this Houston Chronicle story, "Warm Welcome Makes Moving Easier." At Treemont, there is a welcoming committee, the self-proclaimed “Golden Girls” who greet new residents and see if they can make their transition more enjoyable. The opportunity for socialization for seniors is the #1 reason senior living promotes happiness. To learn more, download Treemont’s Testimonial Guide: Why Residents Chose Treemont at www.Treemont.com. Come visit Treemont Retirement Community for lunch and a tour. Call Lupe or Linda at 713-783-6820 or stop by 2501 Westerland at Westheimer, not far from the Galleria in the Memorial area.
There is much documentation on the value of social interaction and friendships in keeping seniors happy and content. Active Activities Programs are key to resident happiness in retirement communities. Please make sure you ask about such programs when you tour senior living Houston TX communities. We believe that senior living promotes happiness at assisted living in Houston residences.