Being independent is a desire we all have, no matter how young or old we are. Yet as we age, it becomes more and more difficult to live independently without a little help. Many seniors can push this truth to the side and carry on as they have throughout their entire life because they don’t want to move into a “nursing home” where they will lose their independence. The truth is, moving into an Assisted Living community can actually help seniors live more independently than they would on their own.
“There are many myths still out there about assisted living communities and senior living communities in general, which causes a lot of seniors to hesitate about taking advantage of them,” says Angel Van Horn, Community Relations Specialist at Park Manor, the most trusted retirement community in Nashville, TN. Most of these myths, she says, are linked to the old-fashioned idea of what a “nursing home” looks like.
“Back in the day, a nursing home was where families put seniors to get them out of the way, and they really were a last resort,” says Angel. “Today, however, the industry has done a complete 180 and is redefining what it means to be a senior. Instead of this stage of life being a time to slow down and step back from the world, it’s a time for older adults to live their best life possible and stay as independent and active as they can.”
The truth is, she says, that Assisted Living services provide caring support that allows seniors to maintain their independence in a safe way.
“The biggest shift we’ve seen in the mindset of senior living providers is the lifestyle is fitting to meet the residents’ needs instead of the other way around,” Angel says. “This has really refocused the industry to be all about the senior and give them the autonomy and choice to make their senior years in their image. At Park Manor Apartments, nothing makes us happier than helping our residents live the independent lifestyle they deserve by providing superior service and the highest possible level of care.”
How Assisted Living Services Support Independence
It takes tasks and chores off your plate.
Living on your own can be rewarding, but let’s be honest: maintaining that home can be expensive, time-consuming and increasingly difficult. Taking care of home repairs, keeping your living space clean and keeping up your landscaping requires a lot of physical effort. As we age, it becomes harder to do these things and takes a lot more time to complete. It can also be incredibly expensive if you have to hire out these services. By moving to an Assisted Living community, all these chores are instantly taken off your plate and give you back all that time, energy and money.
At Park Manor, we offer five apartment designs for our Assisted Living residents that range from studio to two-bedroom options. All of our living options are maintenance-free with housekeeping and laundry services included. You’ll never have to worry about scrubbing toilets, changing light bulbs or shoveling snow ever again. We do it for you so you can travel, explore new passions and pursue hobbies you simply haven’t had time for.
It pairs privacy and independence with helpful care (when needed).
As we get older, some of the tasks of daily living can become more and more difficult due to health or mobility issues. Assisted Living services can remove those difficulties by providing caring assistance when it’s needed while making sure you have the privacy and independence you deserve. From bathing assistance to dressing and grooming, from mobility assistance to medication management, our team at Park Manor will help as much – or as little – as needed.
It provides peace of mind and security.
Living on your own gives you privacy, but it also gives you and your family peace of mind about safety. For example, what happens if you were to fall while getting out of the shower? Or if a fire were to start in the kitchen, or someone broke into the house? While no adult likes the idea of being babysat, it does provide peace of mind to know that there’s someone available at any time if issues arise – and that’s the security that assisted living services provide. At Park Manor, we have professional staff and nursing assistance available 24/7 so if any of our residents need help, we can be there within seconds. All apartments are equipped with emergency call systems, and our community is staffed with security so no one gets in who doesn’t belong here.
It makes it easy to live a wellness-focused lifestyle.
Forget having a home gym – how does having a home personal training staff, activity director and chef sound? Assisted Living services allow seniors to take advantage of wellness programs, exercise classes and fun group activities that help seniors stay fit and active while having fun doing it. With a dedicated, on-site chef and kitchen staff, enjoying healthy, delicious and varied meals is easy – no grocery shopping required. Plus, caring staff is available to help with everything from medication support to chronic disease management.
It provides enriching opportunities – and an instant community of friends.
Staying healthy and well doesn’t just mean nourishing your body. It also means engaging your mind and soul. While getting out and staying socially active can be difficult when you live on your own, assisted living services make it easy by providing a vibrant, enriching and active community right outside your doorstep. Park Manor has a jam-packed activity and events calendar with something to do practically every hour of the day. Take part in a group exercise class, learn how to knit, join a book club or head out with a group of friends to shop downtown, take a day trip or anything else you’d like to do. Best of all, you have an instant group of friends to do things with. And if there’s something that interests you that we don’t provide, just let us know! We’re all about providing opportunities, and we’ll help you pursue your passions to the fullest.
It simply makes life easier and more enjoyable.
“More than anything, I want seniors to understand that Assisted Living shouldn’t be looked at as giving up independence, but instead as an opportunity to make their life even more active and engaging than ever before,” says Angel. “At Park Manor, our top priority is your continued independence, so everything we do – from dining services to transportation to maintenance free living and a wellness-focused lifestyle – is designed to help you do that. Life is an adventure, and we want to help you explore that.”
We invite you to learn how Assisted Living services at Park Manor can help support your independence and allow you to live the vibrant lifestyle you deserve. For more information or to schedule a tour of our senior living community, please contact us at 615.277.1107.
Love Where You Live!
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Do I love where I live?” If you ask that question of the residents of Park Manor, Nashville’s premier retirement community, the answer would be a resounding, “Yes!” For over 50 years, Park Manor has served Nashville’s seniors by providing a community designed to support an active, independent, secure, healthy and worry-free lifestyle. Located on seven spacious acres in the desirable Nashville neighborhood Belle Meade, we’re proud to provide a lifestyle our residents love each and every day.
Park Manor’s approach to senior living is simple: exceed our residents’ expectations. We strive to provide everything you could possibly need and want to live your life the way you choose. At Park Manor, you will enjoy a standard of living reminiscent of a luxury resort – but it’s not a vacation – it’s your lifestyle! This commitment is why we are held in such high regard by our surrounding community and are known as thepremier retirement community offering Independent Living and Assisted Living lifestyles.
For seniors requiring memory care, Park Manor is associated with the prestigious Abe’s Garden® Memory Care Center of Excellence. Abe’s Garden® is committed to transforming the care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by establishing a national model of residential living and day care programs for those suffering from the disease. Abe’s Garden® provides an unprecedented level of care in addition to a comprehensive array of services and lifestyle options.
At Park Manor, your continued independence is our top priority. Enjoy living life as you choose … in the comfort and privacy of your own apartment, while having the peace of mind of knowing help is available if and when you need it.
For more information, please call 615.277.1107.