Monday, January 11, 2010

The Villa Offers New Fauquier Option for Assisted Living


Older adults have many long-term care options. And while it’s good to have choices, it can be difficult to understand the differences between one type of facility and another. Assisted living is a good option for active older adults who can no longer live entirely on their own but do not need high-level medical or nursing services.


Assisted living is not the same as a nursing home. Instead, it is a group living arrangement for relatively independent older adults who want a helping hand with everyday activities like cooking and housekeeping.

Here’s what to look for in an assisted living facility:

1. A Thriving Social Community
Companionship, recreational activities and opportunities for socializing are
an important part of what assisted living offers. This kind of support can help
reduce loneliness and feelings of depression. It also can improve function and help
people feel better. Older adults who live in communities like assisted living homes
report better emotional health than people of the same age living in other types
of housing.

2. Extra Help if You Need It
Residents can get help with daily living activities like dressing, bathing and taking
medicines. In addition, assisted living facilities also offer laundry services,
transportation and security.

3. Exercise Opportunities
Staying active is important to your health as you age. Exercise and health promotion programs can help people maintain or improve their strength and stamina. This is key to the philosophy of assisted living: helping residents stay independent as they age.

The new Villa at Suffield Meadows is a 56-unit assisted living facility located just north of Warrenton on U.S. 29. With lots of light and greenery, the beautiful complex resembles a gracious Virginia estate and offers many amenities: a wellness center, beauty salon, library, computer room and formal and casual dining.

There is also an 11-person memory support unit for residents with dementia.

The Villa will be opening this summer. Call 540-316-3800 or go to the Fauquier Health website at www.fauquierhealth.org to learn more.

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