In a world where we are seemingly more ‘connected’ than ever, loneliness is rife. Real human interaction is fleeting and no one seems to have the time to truly connect with others. Now turn your mind to the elderly in our society. Think how quickly and easily they can feel both forgotten and isolated. They are naturally slowing down, many are not tech savvy and many become depressed as they feel less vital. How do we combat this? By helping them stay socially connected to their community.
Researchers have long known about the health benefits of social connections and this link becomes even more important as we age and retire from jobs, lose friends and spouses to death and illness, and see family members move away – all factors which reduce daily social contact and stimulation.
We just aren’t meant to be disengaged from one another. Which is why being part of a supportive community is so important for older people. Senior communities promote and instill the benefits of sharing and friendship, which in turn maximises health and happiness.
Communities that are engaging and connected
The mere idea of leaving the family home and all that is familiar is often overwhelming for older people. Yet the benefits of living in a close and engaged community cannot be overlooked as we age. The old style ‘nursing homes’, are thankfully becoming a thing of the past. Residential aged care, as it is now referred to, is more engaging and connected to the community than ever before. In a rapidly ageing population the voices of the elderly in our community are increasingly valued. Their opinions are paramount when making decisions regarding their own care.
Purpose built for community
Infinite Care’s Queensland facilities are purposely designed to welcome the local community in. With cafes, salons and playgrounds all open to the public, their vision is to build bustling communities within their own. Communities where residents are surrounded with life and activity every day, so they feel part of the world around them.
Lifestyle activities that integrate with the community
Our Lifestyle teams organise activities that promote both interaction with other residents and those from in and around the local community. Entertainers, inter-generational playgroups, international students, visiting pets and local volunteers all provide vital opportunity for social connection and stimulation in our homes, and this is vital to providing quality of life and staying connected to the community.