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Utilizing Individualized Personal Support as You Age

Oct 10, 2018

According to Lynda Marino, Marketing Director at Canterbury Woods, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Williamsville, NY, individualized personal support can allow seniors to live to their fullest potential. “When working with seniors who need or desire assistance, personal support can be the answer they are looking for,” says Marino. “They can take advantage of listing certain goals they’d like to attain, from maintaining independence and becoming healthier to becoming more involved or making their morning routine easier. Everything is formed around a seniors’ specific want or need in order to come up with a plan to help them achieve their goals and be successful.”

Unfortunately, there are many seniors who don’t have this advantage. Instead of working with a support team who truly cares about them and gets to know them, they may find themselves seeing different people all the time. “This is normal when seniors live in either a rental community or live at home,” says Marino. “Most times, they could see any number of doctors or, worst of all, have no one there to advocate for them and ensure they are living a fulfilling life. At a Life Plan community, individualized personal support is not only offered, but utilized, helping them to remain happy, thriving and well.

What can individual personalized support provide seniors?

Seniors who have personalized support can enjoy a wide range of services and benefits. Consider some of the following:

  • Company and companionship from someone who cares – Seniors can often begin to feel isolated and depressed when they live alone. It may become harder for them to travel to see friends or they may begin to stop the hobbies they love. Personal support workers can help to limit this. Because they are focusing on one individual senior, they can get to know when better. From what makes them happy and sad to their hobbies, likes and life stories, this personalized approach can do wonders in preventing depression and anxiety, which can cause further health problems.
  • Care personalized to their own individual needs – If a senior is mostly independent, it’s likely that a personal support worker will provide just a few services, while being mainly a companion. As their care needs change, they can provide care tailored to them specifically, unlike in a larger community where they deal with multiple seniors and come up with one generic plan for certain needs. For example, if a senior wishes to improve their balance, their plan may consist of physical therapy, balance and stability exercise, cooking healthier meals and ensuring the home is safe and falls are prevented. Perhaps they want to get in better shape or get more involved in the community – this can all be taken into consideration to provide the perfect plan for them.
  • Assistance with daily tasks and chores – Need help remembering when to take medications? Having trouble reaching high spots when cleaning? Require some assistance getting ready for the day or completing a bedtime routine? Depending on a seniors’ individual needs, personal support can provide just the level of help they desire. If needed, they may also help with meal prep and assist seniors during outings.
  • Help when you need it, if you need it – Support team members often strive to help seniors maintain their independence as much as possible. This means leaving them to complete tasks on their own, if they wish, while providing assistance with services if needed or asked for.

For more information about utilizing individual personalized support, contact the team at Canterbury Woods Williamsville. We would be happy to share our person-centered approach to care with you, as well as show you how this enhances the lives of our residents. Experience peace of mind, dedicated care and more. We invite you to experience spectacular. Call us today to schedule your personal tour at (716) 427-6665.

Find Your Fulfillment

Canterbury Woods Williamsville is a Continuing Care Retirement Community like you’ve never seen. Canterbury Woods Williamsville is not only close the perfect location for rest and relaxation, thanks to 62 tranquil acres, but there’s also easy access to Buffalo’s urban location. Offering the highest quality lifestyle and security, you’ll be part of a welcoming community consisting of both friends and neighbors while experiencing gracious living, first-class health care and the freedom to create the lifestyle you desire.

Continuum of Care

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Canterbury Woods Communities provide a comfortable environment and first-rate services to support every level of need. Assisted living apartments allow Williamsville residents to benefit from additional support while maintaining their independent lifestyle. If skilled nursing, rehabilitation or memory care is ever needed, residents can experience the support they require. They can also enjoy all this and more at our sister community in Buffalo. 

Contact us today to discover more about Canterbury Woods Williamsville! (716) 427-6928

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