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Assisted living communities provide comfort and peace of mind. Their activities programs offer great social and physical health benefits. Residents that participate in daily activities will sleep better at night, avoiding the potential risk of falls. Many residents also tend to eat better at meals and the relationships they will make during the day are priceless. You can assure that your loved one’s social needs are met if you pay special attention to the activities program when touring communities. Make sure to compare each communities calendars. Do the daily events start after breakfast and do they run until dinner? Movie nights are great, but movies during the day turn me off. It is important to make sure that the program director is following the activities on the calendar. Memory care staff should re-approach their residents that might want to attend an activity when asked again with a different approach of asking. Memory care communities should focus primarily on sensory activities that their residents can relate to. Musical guests, pet therapy, making cookies and and all sorts of games will help the overall energy of the community. It is easy to tour communities a gauge the energy of the activities programs. Make sure your loved ones get the social stimulation that they have been lacking at home.

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