Senior living communities are changing. Long gone is the stereotypical model of a facility that feels like an antiseptic, cookie-cutter building with bad paint and cheap carpets. Instead, seniors are demanding better facilities, more home-like residences, and the feel of independence. As their expectations become greater, top-grade assisted living facilities, such as The Hamlets at Westsyde, are adapting and developing to meet their desires and needs.
Seniors are healthier and more active than ever before. They don’t want to just sit in front of a television and waste away. This is why landscaping, paths and trails become more important. Seniors want places to go outside, walk, and enjoy nature. Sitting in front of the television has been replaced with a leisurely stroll that ends in a nice cup of tea.
Dining options are changing as well. North American food has changed so much in the last 20 years and a seniors’ community must reflect that. Home cooked meals, prepared by a well-trained staff, is a must. Seniors also want to be able to cook in their own rooms, using their own kitchenette, to stay in control of their dietary needs and wants.
Building a sense of community is also a key expectation. Senior living is not about being separated from the community around them, but being part of the community. At The Hamlets at Westsyde, we lead our residents out into Kamloops and help them stay active and vital within the city.
We also want them to build a sense of community within the building. Seniors are encouraged to stay active and make new friends, to communicate with those around them, and to be active participants. Seniors want to be sociable and connected and we encourage and facilitate ways for them to do exactly that.
To see just what The Hamlets at Westsyde is doing to exceed the expectations of our residents, come and talk to one of our excellent staff members and perhaps take a tour.