How Senior Living in New Orleans Looks Today Compared to the Past (Not Your Momma's Retirement Community)
How Senior Living in New Orleans Looks Today Compared to the Past (Not Your Momma’s Retirement Community)
Three major changes to retirement communities in New Orleans, LA
Senior living today is hardly recognizable compared to it’s 1950s counterpart. Here are the major changes that have taken the industry by storm since then.
The facilities have changed
Healthcare Segment Leader at Granger Construction, Jon Update describes the evolution of senior living facilities over the past several decades. 50 years ago, senior living communities were designed and built with one purpose: to provide for the healthcare needs of the aging population. Because the focus was primarily or even entirely on healthcare, these senior living communities didn’t look so different from a hospital or inpatient ward.
However, the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s led to a revolution in senior care. It was during this time that organizations began to change their vision from providing healthcare to providing a retirement lifestyle featuring comfort and luxury. And so the buildings themselves evolved; many rebuilt, including shops and services on site, restaurant-like dining rooms, grand views, peaceful walking paths, and more.
The staffing models have changed
While retirement communities of the past were staffed primarily by nurses and orderlies, today’s retirement communities have a much different schedule. Clinical staff are still important in communities where assisted living or memory care are offered, but perhaps the greatest investment is in staff selected to contribute to a luxurious retirement:
Life enrichment staff, who are hired to design and deliver life enrichment programs including activities, events, outings, self-care and other entertainment
Concierges, who are hired to ensure our residents have immediate access to everything they need, whether it’s help with groceries or dining recommendations
Drivers, who are hired to offer free, safe transportation to and from local shops and businesses on weekdays
Gourmet chefs, who design a healthy, flavorful menu and lead a team of experienced staff to prepare these meals and deliver a positive guest experience
Beauticians, who offer self-care in-house for resident rest and convenience
Security guards, who offer peace of mind during retirement years
Today, more staff are available simply for resident luxury than ever before.
Their place in the market has changed
How seniors view retirement living has evolved as communities have evolved to meet their needs. Healthcare-focused senior living communities of the past were often at odds with their own residents; that is, residents moved in because they had to, not because they wanted to. Perhaps an even greater issues was the discord resulting in families when mom or dad had to be placed in a facility for better long-term care, essentially taking away the things that brought them fulfillment at home. Retirees often asked, “Why did you do this to me?” or, “Why can’t I go home?”
Today, the vast majority of retirees we meet with are asking different questions:
“Can I afford this lifestyle?”
“What changes do I have to make to make sure I can afford this lifestyle soon?”
How soon can I move in?”
As we’ve been at the center of the evolution of senior care, we’ve seen these independent living communities become a luxury and a life goal for seniors in New Orleans. We’ve seen more and more seniors incorporate our communities into their retirement plans and then wait eagerly for move-in day.
The greatest benefit to these changes? Seniors today make their own choice to move in and experience the resort-style retirement they’ve earned, eliminating the hurt feelings between parents or grandparents and loved ones making decisions about their care.
The leaves are falling, and it’s time to whip out those cozy sweaters, dust off your favorite decorations, and of course, get your taste buds ready for a delightful feast.
Our dining team is top-notch at crafting seasonal meals with fresh produce that our residents love. We know cooking and baking is a hobby for many that can be enjoyed with friends and family, especially during the fall and winter seasons.
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As the Thanksgiving festivities wrap up, we at Sunshine Retirement Living want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our families and team members. Your efforts and presence have made this Thanksgiving exceptionally special for our senior residents across all our Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.
This holiday season holds profound significance for our seniors, offering a time for reflection, gratitude, and cherished connections. The warmth and joy shared during these celebrations play a big role in enhancing their well-being and happiness.
A special shout out of appreciation goes out to the incredible chefs in our communities. Your culinary talents transformed traditional Thanksgiving meals into extraordinary feasts, delighting the taste buds of residents and families. The love and care poured into each dish did not go unnoticed and greatly contributed to the festive spirit!
To our team members, are immensely grateful for your support, love, and dedication. It's because of you that our residents experience the true essence of Thanksgiving – a sense of belonging, love, and shared happiness. Thank you for being a part of our Sunshine family and for making this Thanksgiving a memorable one for all.