How to Preserve Independence in Assisted Living
CEO. Supermom. Head coach. VP of Marketing. These are just a few of the many important titles and roles people may have held for decades. Now, they’re much older, and these roles no longer apply. Perhaps, instead of Supermom, it’s, “Gramma! Gramma!” — an equally cherished title. Or maybe you work in your garden as tenaciously as you once led an account team. And it shows: your roses are the envy of all your neighbors.
But at home, it’s becoming more difficult to manage. After considering your options, you agree with your children’s suggestion to move to an assisted living community, where help is available if and when you need it.
The Kensington Falls Church is an exceptional assisted living residence, located just minutes from D.C., close to parks, shopping, and myriad activities you still enjoy. This all sounds great, yet you want to ensure you can still feel the same level of independence in assisted living as you were in your own home.
Comfort with Autonomy
We understand completely, which is why The Kensington is distinct from other senior living communities in a number of important ways, designed with your comfort and autonomy in mind.
Here are just some of the Kensington differences:
- No long-term contracts. You lease your suite on a monthly basis. There are no hidden fees, and no buy-in necessary.
- Pets are part of the Kensington family! In addition to Blazer, The Kensington’s Best Friend, you’re welcome and encouraged to bring your own beloved pet when you move in. We recognize pets’ pivotal role as important companions who contribute to our residents’ emotional health and well being.
- Make it your own. One of the best ways to preserve your independence from the start is to personalize your living space. Make your home here uniquely yours. Whichever suite and floor plan you choose, we invite you to bring cherished items, such as pictures for the walls and family photos to sit on your dresser — possibly a treasured set of end tables, or a favorite vase.
- Famille Café is a gathering place where everyone is welcome. The Kensington Falls Church is partnering with local organizations to bring senior-specific and arts-inspired programming to Famille on a regular basis.
- Age in place with confidence. If your needs change, our enhanced program of exceptional senior care enables you to continue living here. Our multiple levels of care and experienced team can care for you and your evolving needs for the rest of your life.
If you’re the kind of person who is more active in retirement than when you were working or raising a family, we have good news: at the Kensington Falls Church, our Life Enrichment program will keep you as busy as you wish to be. We offer an ever-changing calendar of events, seven days a week, from morning till evening.
And it’s not just about staying busy: research has repeatedly shown that seniors who stay socially connected are healthier, both mentally and physically than those who live in isolation. So we’re always searching for new ways to stimulate the mind, strengthen the body, and nourish the spirit.
We appreciate that everyone who lives here has something special to contribute, whether it’s musical ability, a passion for cooking, or a penchant for yoga. By providing a variety of activities and programs, we create ways to share ourselves with each other and create a Kensington family rich with dimension.
In addition to staying socially active, you’ll maintain your independence in assisted living far longer if you’re physically fit and flexible. Exercise is good for your mental health, too.
Research from the National Institute on Aging found that even people whose brains showed the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s on autopsy had no symptoms of dementia while they were alive. The researchers concluded, “Physical activity may promote cognitive resilience, helping offset or mask the negative consequences of neuro-degeneration.”
What if you feel “too tired” or “too old” to exercise? You may be surprised to learn exercise will give you energy! It also increases mobility and balance, helps you lose weight, increases lean muscle mass, and reduces chronic conditions — not to mention helping you towards a better night’s sleep.
And you’re definitely never too old to get started. Gary Calabrese, Director of Sports Health and Orthopedic Rehabilitation at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, maintains that with your physician’s approval, anybody can begin a fitness program after age 60.
This may be the biggest draw of all — and one of the best ways to maintain independence once you move to assisted living. Many seniors find it increasingly challenging (or too much trouble) to prepare meals for one, or for themselves and a spouse. Arthritis can make chopping vegetables painful, and shopping, preparing, and cleaning up after a meal becomes a lot of work the older we become.
As a consequence, senior nutrition can suffer. Fast food or microwaved meals can be loaded with trans fats and salt — and a lack of proper nutrition can even cause memory loss.
Once you move toThe Kensington, you need never be concerned with meal preparation again. Our food is the equivalent of dining in a 5-star restaurant every day! Director of Dining Services, Samir Labriny, prepares mouth-watering cuisine that is as appealing to the eye as the palate. Chef Samir takes pride in fusing health and nutrition with flavor and flair. He says, “My biggest reward is feeling that I have made a difference in someone’s life and contributed to living healthfully.”
Connect with the Team
Our promise to you is to love and care for all of our residents as family. Another way to preserve your independence is to get to know the team, and speak up when you have a question or would like to make a suggestion. We welcome your input — it’s how we continue our tradition of excellence in serving our residents’ needs.
We look forward to welcoming you home to The Kensington Falls Church, and helping you maintain your independence while you integrate into life here, among your Kensington family.