Space and privacy are not always advantageous to one’s health. Research and experience have taught us that encouraging residents to engage with each other throughout the day has many benefits. Common area spaces are abundant and inviting and when residents spend the majority of their day outside of their residence, shared living arrangements are surprisingly viable.
“A shared apartment is not a compromise – it can be a source of comfort.” – Anne Sanabria, Lakeside Park Associate
A government report on the increasing social isolation among seniors found that living alone is one of the risk factors for social isolation. It also points out that companionship and social support has “a strong protective effect on seniors’ health.” A roommate can reduce feelings of social isolation, and perhaps provide a new and enduring friendship.
“Shared living definitely builds camaraderie. When Manny joined George in their shared suite, I noticed George smiling more often. I think he enjoys the company and companionship.” – Jessica L., Lakeside Park Intern
Seniors who live together, live a healthier lifestyle because they usually eat better, get more exercise, and are more social and motivated than seniors who live alone. And residents have a sense of belonging and sense of purpose in looking out for each other. Additional benefits include saving money, safety, higher communication and touch time, plus the comfort and encouragement that a friend provides.
We’re revolutionizing senior health care with luxurious Assisted Living and Memory Care suites beautifully renovated and designed with the human spirit in mind. You’ll see the difference in our surroundings, taste it in our fantastic cuisine and experience it in Watermark University mind and body fitness courses designed specifically for residents’ individual needs. And rest assured, The Watermark difference is ever-present in our top-notch care 24 hours a day, how and when you want it.