Executives in senior housing are well aware of the problem of resident turnover. With a current occupancy rate of 86.5 percent, a 21- to 29-month average length of stay in assisted living, and a median annual resident turnover of 46.8 percent, senior living communities have increasingly focused on marketing and successful move-ins.
For clinical and staff professionals in senior living communities, improving the quality of life for long-term care residents with dementia is part of the everyday mission of care. Over 50 percent of assisted living and nursing home residents have some form of cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s Association, 2007). The rapid growth of the 85+ population means this will only increase.
Topics: measuring ADLs, assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, senior health, Alzheimer’s, long-term care, fall prevention, memory care, cognitive function, cognitive decline, dementia, residential care
We all know that as we age our bodies decline mentally and physically. What’s surprising is when we experience it firsthand with our parents and grandparents. It’s a wake-up call that we may not be prepared to deal with, because it’s too painful, frustrating or time-consuming.
Wake up, drag ourselves out of bed, brush our teeth, take a shower, get dressed, drink coffee, eat breakfast and leave the house. Sound familiar? From the minute we wake up to the time we go to bed, we follow a routine set of activities to take care of ourselves. These activities of daily living (ADL) are common tasks that we learn to do in order to be self-sufficient.
Physiological Changes vs. Changes in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
When it comes to predicting clinical health declines, timing is critical. Unfortunately, physiological changes, blood pressure or heart rate for example, do not happen early enough to be of predictive value.