How To's and Tips, Senior Living

Improving Memory Recall in People with Dementia

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To continue the month-long conversation for World Alzheimer's Month, we've been taking a look at various topics surrounding Alzheimer's and Dementia. This week, we'll be diving into different methods anyone can use to help improve memory recall in people with Dementia. 

Stimulate the Senses
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to stimulate memory recall in people with dementia is to offer up items or activities that stimulate their senses. All 5 senses can be appealed to in order to increase their memory recall whether it’s looking at an older picture, smelling familiar scents or listening to music. In fact, many studies have been conducted on the effect that listening to music has on the brain, more specifically, how it positively affects memory recall. Similarly, the known implications of smell on triggered memories are substantial; combining stimulation of 2 senses or more can have profound impacts on people with Dementia. 

Reminiscence Therapy
While research on this topic is ongoing in relation to Dementia, there are definitive cognitive benefits of this kind of therapy in seniors on a larger scale. Reminiscence therapy can take a few different forms like looking back at photographs or listening to familiar music but all of them have a common goal: to help alleviate feelings of social isolation and depression in older people. While RT can help elicit a better mood, it’s also been found that our emotions play a heavy role in our memory recall. So an elevated mood due to recalling uplifting memories can help to further improve memory recollection; this link is called mood-congruent recall.

“...for example, an individual who is in an affective state of joy will recall more easily, and in a greater number, the information that has a positive affection than those that contain depressive material and negative affections.”

By helping someone reflect on happy memories, there’s an increased chance for them to remember more positive elements of their lives. 

Physical Fitness
While one of the biggest factors of memory loss is the build-up of plaque in the brain, a decrease in cerebral blood flow can allow that plaque to stay there. It’s for this reason why physical exercise is so important for elderly people, especially if they’re showing signs of Dementia. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise either; light stretching or walking can increase blood flow to the brain. 

With more circulation comes restorative processes like new cell growth in the memory center of the brain. Researches found that in animals that exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, those that were exercised “had greatly enhanced memory compared to sedentary ones due to improved adult hippocampal neurogenesis.” 

Memory loss due to a form of Dementia is never an easy thing to deal with, especially since there are so many different factors to consider. Hopefully some of these suggestions can help facilitate better memory recall, even if it is just a bit. 

How To's and Tips, Preserving Memories, Senior Living

How to Interview Someone with Dementia

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Recording and preserving the life stories, lessons, and memories of our loved ones is what got us started. Safeguarding your family’s legacy is important, but especially so if your loved one’s have started showing signs of dementia. September marks the 8th Annual World Alzheimer’s Month and to help raise awareness, this post will be centered around tips for interviewing someone with Dementia. Whether you’re a family member recording a relative’s stories or a caregiver working with residents, use some of these tips to help facilitate your interviews.

Body Language
Your body language and even just the way you carry yourself can have substantial impacts on how well your interview goes. The way you look, sit, smile, use hand gestures and a whole lot more can either help your interviewee feel more comfortable, or can put them on edge, depending on what these subtle cues tell them. Consider these tips when you’re interviewing someone with a form of Dementia:

-Sit, don’t stand: not only can sitting help you get a little closer to whomever you’re interviewing, it’s also a lot less confrontational.
-Keep your posture open: facing someone, chest forward, and no crossed arms or legs can convey your comfort and being at ease.
-maintain eye contact: eye contact (without staring) is one of the best ways to let anyone know you’re invested in the conversation.
-Facial expressions: showing emotion to someone you’re talking with can help them feel like you're listening to the actual content of their answers and not just listening to them talking.

Interview Structure
The overall shape and makeup of your questions can either make or break your interview with someone in memory care. Dementia physically alters the brain and affects areas dealing with new information. With this in mind, it’s best to keep questions or statements as concise as you can. In addition to keeping questions short and to the point, try to avoid multifaceted questions or questions that require too much context.

For example, instead of saying “I heard that your daughter likes painting and that you taught her how to do that when she was younger. Can you tell me about your daughter and some of her paintings?” break those questions into two separate topics: “Can you tell me about your daughter?” and “Can you tell me how your daughter learned to paint?”.

When conducting any interview, if you have the time, allow some breathing room at the start and end with casual conversation; it can help your interviewee get a little more comfortable or leave things on a positive note. If there’s not a whole lot of time, lead with a simple “How are you today?” and briefly explain what you’ll be doing.

Setting
If you’ve ever been on the other of an interview, you know it can be a bit nerve wracking and with people who have Dementia the whole process can be confusing as well. For this reason, it’s important to consider the setting of your interview with a focus on time of day and location. If you know the person’s schedule, aim for a time when they’re most likely to be awake and alert. Just as important as the time of day, consider setting up your interview in a familiar place for them. Not only can this help your interviewee feel more comfortable being in a familiar spot with some of their things can help facilitate memory recall, among other methods.

Recording an interview with someone who has Dementia isn't always the easiest thing; it requires preparation, patience, and empathy. But what makes it worth it is having those stories recorded and preserved for future generations. 

Company, Senior Living, Conferences

SLIF Recap Pt. 2: A  Supplier's Perspective

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The Senior Living Innovation Forum (SLIF) wrapped up a couple of weeks ago. It was an incredible 3 days out in Santa Barbara, California full of social gatherings, educational and informational sessions, and opportunities for collaboration across all fields in the senior living industry. This is part two of our SLIF recap (part one is here) and we’ll be talking a bit about how this conference was different from some of the others we’ve been to.

A Common Goal
With no booths, there wasn’t any incentive to talk to people other than to connect with them and to talk about how to better the senior living industry. Shared idea generation and innovative solutions to the problems that we all face were key points at the conference, as well as focusing in on the push from younger generations to help elevate the industry. We were excited to see an authentic interest from others in learning, collaborating, and in seeing how their organizations could help improve the lives of seniors and their caregivers.

Social Gatherings
In between the educational sessions and presentations was where a lot of the magic happened. There were plenty of opportunities between dinners, happy hours, and other social outings to meet new people from all different fields including tech, design, construction, and more. The laid back atmosphere of the whole conference contributed to great conversations and connections. 

Booth Traffic
It’s a common practice at other trade shows to see a lot of push from attendees to drive foot traffic to their booths. Often times, trinkets, coupons, and other small goodies will be offered to pull people in to chat about the attendee’s goods or services. SLIF was different in this way compared to some of the other conferences we’ve been to; there were no booths, no offerings, and a ton of opportunities to connect with other people.

We recommend going to as many conferences as you can, especially some of the bigger ones, even if it's just to see what's happening in the industry. While the others are great to go to, this one is a must. SLIF was our first time attending a conference like this as a supplier and although we were hesitant at first to make the financial commitment, we kept hearing from industry leaders and from members of our board about how much we would benefit from going; it was well worth the investment. We will definitely be in attendance next year and we urge you to look into meeting us there!

“It’s a conference I would highly recommend. I really appreciated the collaboration and wish that more conferences took on this ideal of community and shared innovation.”
-David Sawyer, CEO, TSOLife

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Our 8 Takeaways From SLIF 2019

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We just got back from the Senior Living Innovation Forum a few days ago and it was an invigorating experience, to say the least. From dinners and excursions to educational sessions and presentations, we were glad to experience so many different ideas on how we can push the senior living industry forward. This year was our first time at SLIF, so we've put together a few things we were able to take away from the conference. 

1. One of the presentations revealed that a lot of residents in our senior living communities said they felt invisible. This is huge because, as we know, mental health and inclusion both play a role in a resident's physical health and longevity. 

2. Less activities and more life enrichment. A lot of the activities we schedule are focused on keeping a resident busy and distracted in the moment while life enrichment is focused on bettering the resident’s future through meaningful engagement and opportunities. It’s important for us to provide projects and activities that add value, purpose, and meaning to our resident’s lives.

3. In a panel discussion, operators were asked if they would rather spend money on life enrichment for the residents or new paint and a majority of them raised their hands for life enrichment. The appearance of our communities are important, but the overall well-being of our seniors is more important and we're glad to see this shift. 

4. There was a lot of discussion around how to better personalize the experience of senior living for each resident. The term 'personalized-care' is definitely an industry buzz word, but we were excited so see these practices being implemented both at the community level and resident level. 

5. AI is going to have a major impact, from better health decline indicators to marketing and sales tools. It's an exciting forecast in the industry for new technological innovations.

6. The senior living industry is still trying to figure out the middle-market. 

7. The labor and retention problem is still top of mind and operators are still trying to figure how we can resolve it. 

8. Being a company comprised of younger individuals who completely missed out on the Run DMC era, we also learned that they were amazing pioneers who can still put on an awesome show. 

Overall, the Senior Living Innovation Forum was a huge success and we love being part of a community that's helping to elevate the senior living space. We'll see you next year! 

 

 

How To's and Tips, Senior Living, Workforce Engagement, "Technology"

Implementing Person-Centered Care into Our Communities

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It’s generally accepted in the senior living space that Person-Centered Care (PCC) is an important facet in improving the lives of staff and seniors as well as raising the standards of the industry as a whole. But there are discrepancies between acknowledging the importance of PCC and implementing some of its practices into our communities. In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at how to implement Person-Centered Care into our communities.

Mindset Shift
One of the quickest and easiest methods for pushing your community toward more personalized care is to shift the outlook on residents from patients to people. This means considering each resident’s entire life story as a vital piece of what makes them who they are today. To contrast this, patient care is a rather truncated view of each person, looking at what is currently ailing them to fix it as quickly as possible.

This shift in perspective can also open up opportunities for insights that may be looked over otherwise. Trying to understand resident behavior at face value can prove to be difficult, as it is with anyone. But diving a bit deeper into personal history can help your staff understand why some of the out-of-the-ordinary behaviors exist.

The Little Things Matter
Similarly to shifting our mindsets, getting to know the intricacies of your resident’s lives can help your staff make decisions on how to best offer them the care that they need. Knowing a resident’s favorite food seems like such a trivial and insignificant tidbit of information, but if you have someone you're caring for in memory care who refuses food, knowing which foods they like or what food their mothers cooked growing up could help resolve their eating issues.

Even with residents who are mostly autonomous, having access to and being able to recall small things about them can help make them feel heard, that they have the support there if they need it. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and letting your residents know that they’re seen can help to bolster morale. Sometimes the little things can help in a tremendous way.

Easier Methods for Long-term Results 
One of the biggest hurdles the senior living industry faces when trying to focus more on personal care lies in how to implement these methods on a large scale, while also maintaining sustainability. Caregivers have a finite amount of time and energy to allocate to each resident, which makes personal care for every person a challenge. The answer lies in the newer systems and technology we can implement into our communities to make Person-Centered Care easier, thus making is a more long-term solution.

TSOLife’s Co-Founder and COO, Stella Parris, weighs in: "It's unrealistic for every single staff member to have an extended sit down conversation with every single resident right at move-in. So if you can get one person to have that conversation, but allow all staff to read, listen, share, and enjoy the information, it becomes possible for staff to get to know each resident to some degree."

Without implementing newer systems and tech, the industry as a whole won’t be able to achieve the best results when it comes to Person-Centered Care. Additionally, passing up opportunities for easier PCC will only perpetuate the cycle of caregiver burnout, staff turnover, and ultimately lower standards for the care for our seniors.

Of course, there are a number of ways to apply more personal methods into your community, but it’s important to employ a forward thinking mindset to help make Person-Centered Care an effective, long-term solution. Start with the ways you can start applying to your community today and go from there. We’re all in the business of improving the lives of our staff and seniors, so let’s help each other get there a little faster.

 

How To's and Tips, Senior Living, Workforce Engagement

Patient Care vs. Person-Centered Care

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Although patient centered care and person centered care both have a resident's best interests in mind, they do have some differences that set them apart. In this week's post, we'll be looking at the differences between patient-centered care and person-centered care including what each means, and some of their key distinctions.

Defining Differences

Each of these avenues of care is important in its own right, but it’s important to note their differences. With patient-centered care, an individual’s overall physical health and health needs are at the forefront of any care they receive, but this is really only half of the equation. Person-centered care is based on the accumulated knowledge of people including both their personal and medical histories. We’re seeing a pull in the direction of person-centered care as an opportunity to view the seniors in our care more holistically, applying personal knowledge of each individual to the care they receive.

Longevity of Care

One of the most prominent factors in distinguishing these methods of care is its longevity. Treatment that centers more around a person’s symptoms and diagnoses can be intermittent or be short-term. Seeing people as patients can depersonalize them in order to maximize efficiency: find out what’s wrong, fix it, move on to the next. The reason the senior living space is pushing for more individualized care is to factor the actual person back into caregiving.

Personalized care often takes longer than patient-centered care, yes, but there are merits in establishing a relationship with our seniors. This allows caregivers to tie together someone’s physical health with their mental health, social health, and history: “A major failure of primary care... is the great underestimation of the importance of long-term relationships with patients.” (Starfield, 2011)

Additionally, care specific to each individual offers insights into the overall well-being of someone in your community. Taking into consideration all aspects of a person is crucial; this means their personal history and health as well as a general understanding of who they are. This is especially important as older adults sometimes have to maneuver from one health problem to another. A cumulative view of a senior’s health, rather than a snapshot, is much more effective at offering the attention they need.

Restoring Relationships

Individual, long-term care is commonly praised for its impacts on both seniors and staff. While patient-centered care can offer an environment for relationship building, it’s more likely that a stronger connection would develop between residents and caregivers that offer individual attention: “Patient-centered care also aims to improve clinical practice by building caring relationships that bridge demographic, social, and economic differences between clinicians and patients” (Epstein, 2010).

Not only is building relationships with your residents beneficial for their overall health, connecting staff with them helps to reduce staff turnover. There’s a positive feedback loop between person-centered care and the prosperity of a given community: look at residents holistically to offer better care, build stronger relationships between staff and seniors, have caregivers stay in their communities longer.

There are a lot of buzzwords and trends surfacing in the senior living space, but the reason we have to keep this conversation active is so we can continue to push for higher standards, better care, and happier people; staff, seniors, and families alike. Keeping up with our resident’s health is imperative, but seeing the whole person can help have positive impacts on the care that they receive.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our blog posts and for your support! Stay tuned for some of our next blog posts on how to implement more person-centered care in your communities. What are your thoughts on patient and person-centered care? Let us know on LinkedinFacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

 

How To's and Tips, Senior Living

Your Community's First Impression

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Much like with people, your community’s first impression is crucial to bringing in new residents as well as helping to retain the seniors already in your care. There are quite a few aspects of your community that contribute to what prospects think of your space from small things like a friendly face upon entering, to what amenities your community can offer. In this week’s blog post, we’ll be looking at what factors of your community affect first impressions.

Snap Judgement
We’ve all heard the statistics that that, on average, people begin to make judgments during first encounters in the first 7 seconds, and your community isn’t much different. Even if you’ve walked into your community hundreds of times, try walking in with a critical eye occasionally. Tours definitely help with this, but after a while of doing something, we can all become a bit jaded, especially with busy schedules.

Take a good look at the face of your community including landscape maintenance, paint, sidewalk and parking lot conditions, and it’s overall cleanliness. The first face new prospects see is also something to consider. Can they give whoever walked through the door undivided attention? No matter who the staff member is, everyone in your community can implement these practices.

Impressionable senses
A first impression isn’t always about what someone sees; the other four senses can give them clues as to how to interpret your community. The benefits of potentially welcoming a new resident into your community outweigh the cost to appeal to their senses, which in some cases is nothing. Touch and auditory stimulation can both be free and can help foster a positive outlook on you and your community. A handshake, a candle, and the sound of busy residents are simple but effective.

As with most of us, whether or not you eat and what you eat can influence your mood. Offering a meal to people touring your community is a great way to show them the quality of your meals, while also appealing to a few different senses at the same time.

Who do they meet?
Who prospects meet is potentially the most important aspect while on a tour. When showing people around your community, who do they meet? Interacting with an AD or ED can have a significant impact on how your community is perceived. This tells them that you’re never too busy to offer the care that they’ll need.

Additionally, introducing potential residents to seniors that are already part of your community can help foster the relationships necessary to secure them as a resident. An easy way to bring people together is through resident profiling. The information in your resident profiles can help you quickly establish a connection, linking seniors together through preferences and life experiences. Since this is where seniors will be spending a lot of their time, it’s important to help them integrate and make meaningful connections with staff and other residents.

Of course, there are a ton of different factors that can make or break an initial reaction to your community, but as a general guideline, ask yourself what would be most important to you if you were moving into your community. Chances are, people looking to move loved ones into a senior living community would be looking for the same things. For more on what potential residents are looking for in your community, you can read more here

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our blog posts and for your support! What are your thoughts your community's first impressions? How do you put your best foot forward? Let us know on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

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Resident Profiles: Updated and Upgraded

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Resident profiles are one of the first pieces of documentation that a community looks at to establish a connection with the seniors in their care and can to help offer up important details about residents may not come across in conversation. However, as useful as these profiles are, there is a discrepancy between offering the best care you can give and upgrading to newer technologies. There are more than a few ways to offer customized care to each resident, but in this post, we’ll be looking at how resident profiles, and specifically how updated resident profiles, can help your community bring in systems to better the care it offers.

Where Resident Profiles Are At

There’s definitely a need for resident profiling and there are a few aspects to these forms that are great. For starters, getting to know residents on an individual basis is a win/win for everyone involved; caregivers feel more connected with their residents and their jobs and the seniors in their care feel more connected to the community. These profiles are also one of the only ways currently to capture the essence of each individual resident with prompts like parental history, childhood, marital history, retirement, travel history, etc. Resident profiles are also useful for collecting information, medical, historical, preferential, or otherwise, for staff to reference when they need to.

While using these profiles is generally a step in the right direction, there are some definite pitfalls in sustaining an antiquated system. The problem with paper forms is that in order to reference them, caregivers have to do some digging to find the form, then skim each page until they’ve found the information they’re looking for. It works, yes, but this isn't the most efficient way to gather and store information on your residents.

In a 2008 study, researchers asked medical practitioners to gather data on patients in two distinct ways: pen and paper, and through digital forms. Of the forms that the researchers got back, "only 3% of those gathered electronically had errors of omission, compared with 35% of those gathered on paper." From small-scale issues like not being able to decipher the handwriting of whoever filled out the form, to bigger issues like profile misplacement or damage, bringing resident profiles into the 21st century is becoming more and more of a necessity. With this in mind, where can resident profiles go from here?

Where Resident Profiles Could Be

At TSOLife, we're proponents of the idea that someone's history is the key to understanding who they are today. Because of this, we believe it’s important to both staff and residents alike to have digital profiles. Storing life stories, history, preferences and more in our online platform has helped us to create updated resident profiles, combining tailored care with convenience. With the ability to search through resident profiles and stories on each of your residents, caregivers can easily track down information.

In one of our previous posts, we’ve discussed how we’re seeing a shift to integrate new technologies into senior living communities. Updating the resident profile is the perfect step to take to introduce newer systems into your communities without overwhelming caregivers. While the TSOLife platform houses resident profiles, it can also help promote personal relationships between staff by providing opportunities to connect over life events and stories. The profiles in the senior living field right now are a great start to diving into personal histories of residents, but we think that we can go beyond a few pages of questions to really tie together the story of someone’s life.

Additionally, better resident profiles can act as a catalyst for improved community functionality on the business end of things. With improved, easy-to-use profiles, staff can provide better care for their seniors based on personal preference and life history. In turn, seniors who feel like they are in good hands tend to lead to more referral-based move ins. Improving your resident profiles can potentially lead to increased staff efficiency and resident referrals. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our blog posts and for your support! What are your thoughts on updated resident profiles? Do you think the industry as a whole could make use of them? Let us know on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Our Key Takeaways from Argentum

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It’s been a week since we got back from the Argentum National Conference, so we’ve had some time to reflect back on our time there. This year was our first year going, but it definitely won't be out last, especially since next year’s conference is in our HQ city of Tampa! With such a massive turnout to these conferences, it’s easy to get swept away in all of the other booths and breakout sessions and presentations, but we were able to learn some things and hope that you had some great takeaways as well. In this weeks post, we’ll break down some of the more important aspects of the conference that we were able to take home with us.

Industry Reframe

As we’ve seen before, the senior living industry is facing a shift in more aspects than one, from personalized care to the way staff retention is viewed. One of the more notable shifts at the Argentum conference was the shared acknowledgment that the industry is moving more toward providing a community for seniors to flourish in rather than nursing home styled organizations. We’re seeing improved ammenities, better technologies, and personalized care taking the senior living space into a new era where elderly people can thrive and create a community of people to share their life experiences with.

 In It Together

In lots of other industries, competition is a very real threat that takes time and energy to combat. During the conference, however, we were ecstatic to see that, while yes there is healthy competition between different companies, everyone is more or less united in support of goals that would help propel the senior living industry forward. From offering more individualized care to improving living conditions, there really was an underlying feeling of support among conference attendees to improve the overall standard of living for our senior citizens.

Differing Technologies

Perhaps one of the more important things we observed at the Argentum conference was the need for technologies that are able to integrate with both new tech and existing tech. Streamlining senior care is vital in all aspects of the senior care industry whether you’re on the administrative side of things or have more of a caregiving role. Efficiency is important for cost reductions, better care, and for overall organization. Bringing new technologies into the senior living space is already important, but improving how these systems interface with each other will be a necessity as we push forward.

Connecting Outside the Booth

We’ve been to other conferences before, however, Argentum was the largest one we’ve had a booth at and while it was exhilarating, there was also more opportunity to get shuffled into the crowd. Having a physical booth is important to secure your space as an exhibitor, but we did notice that there were lots of other connections to be made outside of the booth. Our CEO, David Sawyer, was able to sit down with the Bridge the Gap podcast hosts to chat for a bit on legacy preservation and why it's important to implement into senior living communities.  Keynotes, educational sessions, networking events, and everything else that was going on provided lots of opportunities to connect with people.

Overall, our team had a great time connecting with other senior living entrepreneurs and professionals. We’re looking forward to pushing the industry forward and to next year’s conference here in Tampa. See you all then! 

 

Senior Living, Workforce Engagement

Increasing Resident Engagement through Lifestyle Activities

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Between our jobs, family, friends, home responsibilities, leisure time, and on-demand entertainment, it’s never been easier to have a few days slip by in the blink of an eye. Our schedules are so packed it can be hard to think about what a weekend with no plans would be like. Often times, this isn’t the case for seniors in assisted living communities. There is a lot of time that residents will have scheduled or use for themselves, but it’s up to the Activity Director to fill those down times with something to do. These activities are sometimes expected to be extensive field trips, expensive guests, or to have something scheduled for most days of the week. While having the time or resources to do everything residents want to see from their Activity Directors (ADs) would be ideal, the fact is, more times than not, this is not the case. In this week’s blog, we’ll be looking at how ADs can save time and provide more engaging, person-centered activates for their residents.

The Needs of the Many

While trying to provide activities and programs for as many people as possible is a noble pursuit, it might not be ideal for all of them, especially if they are vision or hearing impaired. There are activities that apply to lots of people, but just because you can plan these activities, doesn’t mean you should (looking at you 3pm bingo). Planning a full schedule that isn’t appealing to some of your residents could potentially worsen feelings of social isolation or depression. Instead, try to find out how your residents spend their free time and craft relevant activates based on preferences.

Leverage Technology

One of our past blog posts was on how integrating technology into senior living communities could benefit both staff and residents. Specifically, the TSOLife program can act as a time-saving measure for Activity Directors. All of your residents’ stories, preferences, and resident profiles are housed on the TSOLife platform and with searchable content, planning personal activities around the seniors in your community flows just a little bit smoother. Additionally, our service works with technology that your staff and seniors already know how to use like smartphones and tablets.

Provide the resources

Sometimes, the job of an AD isn’t to plan events or outings, but rather to provide seniors with the resources to plan their own activities. It’s important to help your residents be as autonomous as possible, letting them plan and carry out activities on their own. Working with local libraries to bring in new books every month is a great way to stir up some excitement as well as offering up opportunities for residents to take activity planning into their own hands. Aside from books, also think about a common area with computers, puzzles, or movies as resources to stimulate independent action.

Involve the Community

Getting the community involved is a two-pronged plan that could help you schedule different kinds of activities. Having your residents volunteer their time is both refreshing and meaningful. Helping with light activities like gardening and knitting for other organizations could help seniors feel more connected to a sense of purpose. The second facet of volunteerism is pulling in people to volunteer time in your community. They can help out in a number of ways even if it's just chatting and engaging with your residents. Drawing people into your community may not be the easiest thing, but positioning their volunteered time as a growing and nurturing experience can help. Ask volunteers about their interests to see if there’s potential to build any activities from them. Engaging both seniors and volunteers is a great way to keep people invested in your community.

Activity Directors often have too much to plan and manage with a budget that doesn’t reflect their overall ambition. By personalizing activities through tech, providing opportunities for autonomy, and getting the community involved, ADs might be able to streamline processes a bit more, saving time and money for your community.