For many of us that were born during the “baby boom” we grew up with a concept of what it means to be a “senior citizen” that included “Grandma and Grandpa” slowing down and settling quietly into the shadows of daily living. This perception does not match the reality for today’s aging boomers!
This generation of “seniors” is much different and it is imperative that health care providers at all levels pay attention. It is no longer acceptable to go to the doctor and be treated like you suddenly lost your mind when your gray hair started coming on!
While our bodies and minds are still subject to the affects of age, we are not content to let that be the deciding factor in our quality of life. If our knees start giving us trouble we don’t accept it as a final push to sit in the rocker on our front porch from this day forward. Instead, we consider all of our options from surgical intervention to physical therapy and even, in some cases, alternative medicine.
We are a generation that will not take aging lying down (in the literal or philosophical sense). Today, senior citizens demand options that will help them continue to pursue the same interests they have always had. If we need to deal with an issue we choose caregivers that will treat us with the same respect they gave us in our 40s.
To be competitive and meet the needs of today’s aging population it is critical that care facilities keep up with their demands and expectations.
Dyer Nursing and Rehab adopted these perspectives from inception. Everything we do, from the team we hire, services we offer and the way we design and decorate our facility is from a perspective that age or physical and mental challenges do not mean that a person no longer wants to live well and to their fullest potential.