Not Your Typical Assisted Living:  the Characteristics of Enhanced Care

With winter and the holidays approaching, many families will be able to finally reconnect. It’s likely that several months may have passed since the last time they’ve seen each other.

COVID-induced isolation is a problem for seniors living at home, and its effects may accelerate memory loss and aging.

This holiday season, if you notice signs of mild cognitive decline, depression, or memory loss in loved ones, you may want to consider an enhanced assisted living community.

In this article, we’ll explain the difference between traditional assisted living versus enhanced assisted living and what to look for when picking the right community for your loved one.

Enhanced Assisted Living and Traditional Assisted Living

Like traditional assisted living, seniors living in an enhanced assisted living community get their own apartment or shared suite, and access to community amenities. 

The key difference between the two is that enhanced assisted living communities can offer increased healthcare services and supervision. 

Assisted living communities that have their Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR) license, such as Kensington Park, can truly allow their senior residents a home to “age in place,” with an adaptable acuity of care.

Many seniors moving into traditional assisted living are in relatively good shape. Although they may require extra assistance from their community’s staff. The fundamental problem with traditional assisted living is that they are unable to keep up with aging seniors’ changing health needs.  

Traditional communities simply aren’t equipped with the personnel and equipment to adapt to these changes. This means that their residents will be discharged once the community is no longer able to care for them. 

Enhanced assisted living is the preferred choice for seniors and their families looking for a permanent community for their loved one.

Unlike traditional assisted living, an enhanced community is able to assist residents with special healthcare needs, including:

  • A team of skilled licensed nurses on staff 24/7
  • Insulin injections and diabetes management
  • Wound care
  • Specialty diets, including pureed food 
  • Hoyer Lift to support safer transfer
  • A Physician’s office on-site
  • Personalized Care Coordinator for every resident
  • On-site rehabilitation

To put it simply, enhanced assisted living is for seniors who need extra assistance, or who expect to need extra assistance in the future. Kensington Park offers these services and more for their residents. 

What to Look For in an Enhanced Assisted Living Community

While it may be hard to have an initial conversation with your loved one about moving into enhanced assisted living, there are numerous benefits and amenities for residents. Look for the following characteristics when choosing the right community.

All-Day Nutritional Dining

Excellent nutrition should be part of every residents’ daily experience. Find a community that can offer its residents a rotating menu, filled with dishes that are flavorful, nutritious, and beautiful.

The benefit of all-day dining is that residents can dine in or swing by the cafe to pick up a snack.

At Kensington Park, our Chef Morissa transforms each mealtime to create a sensational dining experience.

We even have innovative dining solutions, including our “Pick-Up Menu” which includes finger foods to help residents who have difficulty using and holding utensils.

We can accommodate specialty diets, including low-sodium, gluten-free, health-healthy, and pureed diets. Just let us know!

Ever-Changing Life Enrichment Activities

Social engagement and participating in shared activities are the main reasons seniors choose to enter independent and assisted living communities.

It’s important that an enhanced community provide each resident with a full event calendar. This gives them lots of opportunities to stay active and socialize with their community neighbors.

Research has shown time and time again that socializing with friends improves a senior’s wellness, including their physical and emotional health.

At Kensington Park, we employ full-time Life Enrichment coordinators. Their job is to keep our event schedule full of diverse and stimulating activities.

On-Site Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

A senior’s mobility is directly linked to their physical and emotional wellbeing. This is why it’s common for seniors to become depressed after a recent fall or injury. 

For this reason, many enhanced assisted living communities will offer on-site rehabilitation services. These services can range from:

  • Physical therapy to help seniors gain strength and balance
  • Occupational therapy to help develop fine motor skills to use utensil and dress themselves
  • Speech therapy to help those with trouble speaking and swallowing caused by Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease

Kensington Park partners with Genesis Rehab’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team to offer on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

Memory Care Support Neighborhoods

Memory care neighborhoods and communities are specialized residences for seniors living with memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders.

Many enhanced assisted living communities will have their own separate memory care neighborhoods located on campus. These memory care neighborhoods can provide extra medical support and supervision for residents who are prone to wandering off, becoming confused, and who need a greater level of assistance completing their daily activities.

Kensington Park is uniquely equipped with two distinct memory care neighborhoods that offer customized levels of memory care — Connections and Haven.

Connections is our neighborhood for people in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. 

Haven is our neighborhood for those in the middle to advanced stage of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Residents in this community receive a higher level of assistance and care to help them complete their daily activities of living.

Both neighborhoods provide a calming and fully secured environment to maximize safety for residents with memory loss. 

Transportation Services and Concierge Services

While most enhanced assisted living communities have everything on-site, including nurses, doctors, food, and laundry services, there are times when residents need to run outside errands.

This is why it’s important to learn about transportation services offered to residents before selecting the right community.

At Kensington Park, we offer concierge services to help book personal appointments and arrange transportation, either to doctor’s offices, grocery trips, or wherever our residents’ errands require them to go!

Kensington Park Senior Living — An Enhanced Assisted Living Community

Kensington Park is an independent living, enhanced assisted living, and memory care residence located in Kensington, Maryland.

Our enhanced license enables us to provide a full spectrum of clinical support to offer care beyond what traditional assisted living can offer. 

We’re proud to announce our staff has a 100% fully vaccinated status to ensure the safety of our residents.

At Kensington Park, no resident will ever be required to move out if their healthcare needs change or increase. We gladly welcome all seniors, including senior couples, wishing to make the move into assisted living.

We extend the Our Promise to you — to love and care for your family as we would our own. 

Are you the son, daughter, or a loved one of a family member who’s beginning to require more assistance? Contact us to learn how our community can help.