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April 21, 2024

Debunking Senior Living Myths

Category: Senior Living

Author: Deborah Spero, Executive Director

Arrow Senior Living is known for doing things a little differently and challenging the status quo within the industry. It’s just who we are! Even with all the technological conveniences of today such as social media and websites, it is still common to meet individuals with a skewed perception of what senior living looks like. In this blog, I want to share my senior living journey, why I remain committed to the industry, the biggest myth I believe exists, and how to help others overcome the myths surrounding our beautiful Vitalia Westlake community and services.

From Sales to Service: Embracing Fulfillment in Senior Living Community Engagement

Transitioning from a sales role to direct involvement in the daily life of a senior living community marks a significant and fulfilling change for someone passionate about senior living and connecting with residents. Being able to continue building on the relationships established during the sales process and remaining part of their journey is truly special.

Working within a senior living community presents unique opportunities to positively impact residents’ lives, fostering a sense of community, and offering support and companionship as they navigate their golden years. The wealth of experience gained and genuine interest in residents’ stories and experiences will undoubtedly enrich my life for years to come.

Each day in senior living brings new adventures and opportunities to witness the beauty of human connection, resilience, and the joy of living life to the fullest. Welcoming new residents into the community and witnessing the bonds of friendship, the enjoyment of programs and events, and shared experiences among residents are all incredibly rewarding aspects of this field.

Elderly couple: woman in black glasses and a shimmering cream jacket, standing by a man in a blue v-neck sweater, collared shirt, and bow tie, sitting down.

The energy and spirit residents bring serve as constant reminders of the importance of compassion, empathy, and dedication in our work. Their stories, wisdom, and life experiences are invaluable treasures, offering profound insights and lessons that enrich not only our professional lives but also our personal growth and understanding.

Embracing Transitions: Navigating Emotions and Building Relationships in Senior Living

Senior living is not an endpoint but an open door to new experiences, relationships, and opportunities for personal growth. While challenges such as the loss of spouses or changes in mobility may arise, the community aspect of senior living provides invaluable support and companionship. Connecting with peers offers fresh perspectives and shared experiences, enriching lives in unexpected ways. Despite difficulties, each day presents opportunities for joy and fulfillment, reminding us that life is a journey full of possibilities regardless of age.

Transitions like moving to senior living can evoke a range of emotions for both seniors and their adult children. Older adults may feel a sense of loss or uncertainty about leaving their familiar home, while adult children may experience guilt or sadness about not being able to provide as much assistance as they would like.

Open communication and addressing these emotions are crucial before making any decisions. Discussing concerns, fears, and hopes can provide clarity and alleviate some of the emotional burden. Exploring different perspectives and understanding each other’s viewpoints fosters empathy and strengthens relationships between seniors and their adult children, paving the way for meaningful experiences ahead.

I hope you found this helpful, and I encourage you to share it with others because here at Arrow, we are committed to reshaping the perception of senior living! Search #whatseniorlivinglookslike, and you will find so many great things that happen in our community every single day.

VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near UH St. John Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Avon with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Meadowood Golf Course, Crocker Park, Clague Playhouse, Porter Library, Westlake Rec Center, Sibling Revelry Brewery, Bradley Woods Reservation, Huntington Reservation, and White Oaks Restaurant.

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