Xander Sicosan, long-time staff member at Lakeview Senior Living, shows new T-shirts for National Assisted Living Week.
(Lincoln City, OR September.7, 2021) When it comes to senior living, people are still misinformed of the progress that has taken place since the days of old style nursing homes. The concept of Assisted Living started in the 1970s and by the mid-1990s four types of senior living housing models emerged – combination of housing and care support; hospitality, healthcare and housing. In June of 1992 Oregon had only 22 licensed assisted living buildings. But, this state has continued its leadership in assisted living communities listed as fourth in the top states with senior living communities in 2020.
“What we have learned along the way is to provide the right balance of support for the population within the community,” said Jennifer Whitmyer, Executive Director of Lakeview Senior Living. “Senior living now is about the rights of the residents, improving their quality of life, engaging with residents, and encouraging as much independence as possible.”
This year Oregon celebrates National Assisted Living Week during September 12-18, starting with Sunday the 12th which is Grandparents Day. To honor National Assisted Living Week, senior living communities throughout the country, will celebrate Compassion, Community, and Caring.
“Starting NALW with Grandparents Day is the perfect time to honor our elders and how much them mean to our family – both in the family unit and in the Assisted Living family which some reside,” said Whitmyer. “No one wants to feel that seniors are mistreated or face dangerous situations but we can do something about it, we consider our community to be a safe haven for seniors no matter what they have been through. Beyond the compassionate situation, we have residents who have chosen to live within our community for decades. We offer a real home for seniors who are discharged from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities who may be unsafe to live at home any longer. I like to think that we save lives and we enhance the quality of life for so many seniors.”
National Assisted Living Week offers a way to educate the public about the important role that assisted living plays in the lives of families and communities. That includes the depth and breadth of the services offered. At Lakeview Senior Living a resident can look forward to assistance with housekeeping, the laundry, cooking and kitchen work, local transportation, maintenance and yardwork, social engagement and fun. For those who may need a little more support, Lakeview staff provide personal care services , like grooming, bathing, dressing . There are nurses onsite in our building plus caregivers on duty 24 hours a day. Westmont Living, the parent company, has created a partnership with ONR (Orthopaedic Neurological Rehabilitation) at Lakeview to provide physical and occupational therapy to help keep residents strong, help with balance and fall prevention, and provide rehabilitation services after surgery or injury.
Residents at Lakeview Senior Living will have a variety of fun activities to celebrate National Assisted Living Week.
Sept. 12th- Grandparents Day and Wear Tie Dye Day
Sept. 13th- Matching Monday: Residents and staff will pair up and dress like twins
Sept. 14th- Create Compassion: residents paint rocks and hide them around Lincoln City for seekers to find
Sept. 15th- Hero Day: Residents and staff dress as their favorite superhero
Sept. 16th- Build Community: Residents will make cards and treats to deliver to local first responders
Sept. 17th- Sports Team Day: Everyone wears their favorite sports team merch
Sept. 18th- Show Care with Westmont Cares: Westmont Living, the company that owns Lakeview Senior Living, maintains an emergency fund for employees in need. Staff will participate by offering regular contributions from their paychecks or one-time donations. Wearing T-shirts provided by Westmont Living that read, We’re in this Together, staff will also take part in short videos discussing why they’ve chosen to work in a caring profession.
“After the Echo Mountain Fire several of our staff members lost their homes,” said Whitmyer. “Westmont Cares helped these staff members with immediate needs and helped ensure that these employees felt cared for.”
To learn more about National Assisted Living Week log onto ahcancal.org (American Health Care Association & National Center for Assisted Living).
To learn about Lakeview Senior Living log onto westmontliving.com/or/lincoln-city/lakeview-senior-living or call Joy at 541-921-8923.