What an Independence Day celebration we had at The Windham! Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the festivities. Amy and Allyson from Break the Barriers gave a spectacular aerial silk dancing performance. The Sunnyside Jazz Band made us tap our feet and clap our hands to the Glenn Miller beats, and of course all enjoyed a barbecue lunch provided by our own Culinary Services team!
If you have a loved one who’s retired or approaching retirement age, it may be a good time to talk to them about the options they have for maintaining a safe, healthy, and independent lifestyle as they age. Of course, this can be a difficult conversation, not just for you, but for your loved one as well. At The Windham Senior Living, we want to facilitate an open and honest conversation about senior living, so here are a few tips that will help you broach this complex topic and get a productive dialogue going.
Don’t Talk about Them; Talk to Them
If you’re talking to a loved one about senior living, it’s important that you talk to them rather than talk about them. Many older people already feel like making the move to senior living is akin to being discarded, so your first conversation about this topic should help to dispel those fears. Make it clear that their concerns are being heard and noted, and that moving to a senior living facility is about ensuring they have the safety and medical support they need. The most important thing is to listen, and don’t talk about your loved one as if they weren’t in the room.
Be Sympathetic and Empathetic
When talking to a loved one about senior living, you must put yourself in their shoes if you wish to have a productive conversation. Think about how they might feel. They’re probably nervous that they’ll lose their independence, that the place they choose will be below the standards of comfort they’re used to, or that moving to a senior living community means their days of fun are over. You can gear your conversation towards addressing these types of concerns but the first step is learning to identify with the emotions your loved is feeling one so you can better understand and assuage their fears.
Take Them on a Tour of a Senior Living Community
One of the best ways to show your loved one the kind of life they could have is to take them on a tour of a senior living community. Once they see luxurious accommodations like the ones at The Windham Senior Living, some of their concerns might be alleviated. In addition, you can show them all the other perks like dining facilities that serve a variety of delicious and healthy meals, housekeeping, linen, and laundry services, planned social outings, fitness center, personalized care plans and so much more. When your loved one tours our community and sees that the old “nursing home” stereotypes aren’t true, they’ll likely be much more receptive to a conversation about making the move to senior living.
If you’d like more information about The Windham Senior Living, we’d be happy to provide it. Give us a call at (559) 399-2567 or fill out our online contact form today to request more information or to schedule a tour. Our community in Fresno, CA is one of the finest in the nation and we’d love to help you show your loved one how life at The Windham Senior Living can actually end up being a change for the better.
On Thursday, April 5, The Windham hosted a luau to celebrate the opening of our pool for this year.
A Hawaiian buffet including a whole roasted pig and entertainment by the Fresno Polynesian Club were enjoyed by all in attendance.
On Saturday we enjoyed a Spring-themed Family Day with a magician, rootbeer floats, shaved ice, barbeque, games like potato sack races and tug-of-war, and prizes! We also had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg hunt.
Making the move to an assisted living facility can be a difficult decision. Many seniors feel like moving to assisted living means giving up their freedom. At The Windham Senior Living we want you and your family to know that getting proper care in an assisted living facility actually improves quality of life, a fact reinforced by a recent resident-satisfaction study conducted by the California Assisted Living Association (CALA). Here are some details about that study, and some of the services we provide at The Windham.
Quality of Life in Assisted Living
The quality of your life is the most important aspect of making your golden years the best years you’ve ever had. At The Windham, we work hard to keep your quality of life as high as possible by hiring the best people who provide unmatched quality care. Open channels of communication allow you to ask for the care you need knowing that you’ll receive it, giving you the feeling of trust you need. In the CALA study, 94% of California assisted living residents said they got the care they needed while 93% of residents and their family members said they believed staff members were skilled at doing their jobs. Numbers like that make us proud to be providing assisted living care in California and we aim to continue providing the same excellent care for decades to come.
Building a Sense of Belonging
Many seniors worry that moving to an assisted living facility will cause them to miss out on the relationships that made their lives so rich and fulfilling in the past. At the Windham, we’re focused on creating a community where seniors have ample opportunity to interact not just with their old friends and family, but with a whole new group of vibrant people. Our residents feel like they belong here, and the CALA study backs up that claim. 98% of those surveyed said staff members were friendly, while 95% said they were comfortable with the people in their communities.
Referrals Built on Trust
The best litmus test of life in an assisted living facility is referrals. Would our residents recommend The Windham Senior Living to others? The CALA survey shows that California assisted living residents would absolutely recommend their facility to others. 89% of residents surveyed said they would recommend their assisted living community to a friend while 90% of their family member said they would make the same recommendation. With satisfaction like that, making the transition to assisted living is an easy decision.
California is a great place to retire and the resounding approval of our state’s assisted living model proves it. At The Windham Senior Living, we’re proud to be part of a larger community of assisted living facilities that make their residents’ comfort and security a top priority. In the future, we promise to stay dedicated to this goal so you and your family can rest easy knowing you’re getting the best care possible. For more information about life at The Windham, please fill out our online contact form and we’ll get in touch with you right away!
While The Windham Senior Living in Fresno, California is known for our assisted living programs, we want you to know that we also offer independent living options for those of you are able to perform the tasks of daily living without help. We have both apartment homes and cottage homes available to rent, giving you the flexibility to enjoy your golden years the way you want in a setting that’s supportive of your health, wellness, and social life. Here are some of the features that make independent living at The Windham perfect for active seniors:
Dining at The Windham Senior Living
Our apartment and cottage homes both offer flexible dining options. If you love to cook, you’ll have the option to prepare your own meals right in your own kitchen. If you don’t feel like cooking, our staff prepares delicious gourmet meals daily (up to 60 per person every month for apartment homes and up to 30 per month for cottage homes) with lots of choices so you can be sure to find something you love. We also do brunch every Sunday, which is a perfect time to invite friends and family to enjoy a nice meal with you.
Cleaning at The Windham Senior Living
Who wants to spend time cleaning when there are so many fun things to do at The Windham? That’s why we offer bi-monthly linen services for both apartment and cottage homes while apartment homes receive bi-monthly housekeeping and personal laundry services for your convenience.
Wellness Programs at The Windham Senior Living
When you’re retired, it’s important to keep up with your physical fitness and mental health. As an independent living resident at The Windham, you’ll have access to a fitness center to help promote a healthy lifestyle. We also provide wellness checks to help you keep track of your health and give you and your family peace of mind; we even have an emergency response system to ensure you’re safe and healthy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Of course, physical fitness isn’t the only component of wellness, which is why we plan social outings and scheduled transportation to keep you active and social in your golden years. Our apartment and cottage homes are also pet friendly, so your furry friends can stay with you while you enjoy your retirement.
Daily Life at The Windham Senior Living
As a resident of the Windham’s independent living facilities, you’ll enjoy all the same creature comforts you did at home, including basic cable and utilities for apartment homes. Cottage homes are also equipped with basic cable and modern appliances, including a washer and dryer. With apartment homes, you’ll even have access to a heated pool where you can swim some laps or just relax the day away in the fabulous Fresno sunshine!
With all the great amenities Independent Living at The Windham has to offer, we think you’ll find it’s exactly where you want to spend your golden years. Give us a call at (559) 399-2567 or fill out our online contact form to find out more about our programs; we’re also happy to schedule a tour so you can find out firsthand what makes Senior Living at the Windham such a special experience.