By the end of this year, the youngest members of the baby boomer generation will be in their mid-fifties. That means most of them are much older—up to 72, in fact—and have probably started thinking about senior living accommodations. Since baby boomers have seen so much innovation in their lifetime, they have considerable expectations when it comes to long-term care facilities. Here are just some of the aspects they value in nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Amenities & Services
Baby boomers expect certain amenities and services from their senior living communities. Examples include onsite beauty salons and barber shops, housekeeping and laundry services, private suites with access to communal spaces, home-cooked meals, social events, and regular outings.
And since boomers live in the age of information, they also expect the staff at their new home to stay up-to-date on the latest medical research that benefits them. For example, the best facilities will offer therapeutic whirlpool baths and gentle exercise programs to ensure optimum physical health, while extensive libraries can help prevent cognitive decline.
Technology & Modern Conveniences
Baby boomers may not be as adept at using smartphones and tablets as their children or grandchildren, but many of them rely on the latest gadgets to stay connected. Modern conveniences like e-readers can also provide mental stimulation, which may keep dementia at bay. Many boomers expect their assisted living community to be at least as tech savvy as they are. That might mean incorporating security measures, like video doorbells, or investing in advanced medical equipment, like automatic blood pressure monitors.
If you’re looking for a quality senior living facility for yourself or an aging relative, check out Wellington Place at Biron in Wisconsin Rapids. Their compassionate team is committed to providing unparalleled care for each and every one of their residents. A not-for-profit organization, they are located on more than 50 square miles but are close enough to town to appeal to both rural and more urban tastes. To reach out and discuss your family’s senior living needs, visit their website or call (715) 423-5600.