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How to select the right care for you or a loved one.

Selecting the proper care for yourself or a loved one is a crucial decision that involves understanding both the individual's needs and the available support. Personal care communities are designed to support older adults who need help with daily activities but do not require the constant medical care provided in nursing homes.

According to Rachel Reeves, director of communications for the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), “Typically, residents need a little bit of help. Assisted living is there to offer that assistance while maximizing their independence.” This level of care allows residents to maintain a high degree of independence while receiving the support they need for a quality life.

Qualities of Compassionate Care

A caregiver in a personal care community should, above all, be compassionate. This compassion translates into care that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for residents. Key attributes of compassionate caregivers include:

  • Patience: Essential for effectively supporting residents with their daily needs.
  • Empathy: Understanding the emotional and physical challenges residents face.
  • Resourcefulness: Seeking out ways to improve care and resident well-being.

Specialized Care in Personal Care

At Watermark, our approach to care is fundamentally rooted in compassion and personalization. Our caregivers receive extensive training in specialized programs such as the Certified Dementia Practitioner course, enhancing their ability to deliver award-winning service. This training ensures they are adept at managing complex health care routines — like intricate medication schedules or chronic condition management — and attending to everyday tasks that enrich the lives of our residents.

Whether helping a resident pick the perfect outfit for a day out, escorting them to a communal dinner, or simply engaging in a meaningful conversation, our associates focus on enhancing each resident’s independence. They do so by concentrating on what residents can do rather than their limitations. This focus fosters an environment where individuals feel supported and empowered to live their best lives.

Our person-centered care extends beyond mere assistance; it’s about understanding each resident’s unique needs and preferences. By doing so, our associates help residents navigate their day-to-day lives with ease and joy. This deep commitment to compassionate care allows residents to thrive in managing their conditions and genuinely enjoying their lives within the community.

The Impact of Compassionate Care

Research shows that compassionate care in personal care can significantly improve the quality of life for seniors. A study by the American Geriatrics Society found that person-centered care practices in personal care communities are linked to better outcomes in residents’ physical and mental health and higher overall satisfaction with care.

Choosing the Right Care

When looking for professional care, it’s essential to consider how a community’s lifestyle and events align with your or your loved one’s interests. Engage with potential neighbors, participate in communal meals, and directly ask associates any questions you might have. Observing the interactions between associates and residents can also provide invaluable insights into the care environment.

Professional and compassionate care in personal care is not just about helping with daily tasks — it’s about enhancing life so residents can enjoy their interests and live confidently. At Watermark Retirement Communities, we are committed to providing care that supports independence and enriches lives.


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