Mer­ry­vale cel­e­brates Na­tional As­sisted Liv­ing Week

Many planned ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin to­day

The Covington News - - Local News -

Mer­ry­vale As­sisted Liv­ing will fea­ture a week of fes­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate se­niors with the theme of Fill­ing Life with Love beginning Sept. 6.

Na­tional As­sisted Liv­ing Week was founded in 1995 by the Na­tional Cen­ter for As­sisted Liv­ing as a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Homes and Ser­vices for the Ag­ing and the As­sisted Liv­ing Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica.

Though the of­fi­cial beginning is on Grand­par­ent’s Day, Sept. 7, Mer­ry­vale be­gan early with an old­fash­ioned tent re­vival Sept. 6. Mer­ry­vale Min­istries of First Bap­tist Church of Cov­ing­ton worked col­lab­o­ra­tively to spear­head the event. The re­vival, Fill­ing Life with Love: A Jour­ney of Faith in­cluded mu­sic by the gospel quar­tet Day­break and preach­ing by Perry Kirk.

Dur­ing the week, a spe­cial exhibit will fea­ture the tal­ents of res­i­dent He­len Rhodes, show­cas­ing her china paint­ing, knit­ting, quilt­ing and wa­ter- color and oil paint­ings. Cook­ies will be pro­vided for grand­chil­dren on Grand­par­ent’s Day. Pur­ple Cow Bingo, a power point pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled Mer­ry­vale — Past, Present and Fu­ture, an old­fash­ioned Eddy’s ice cream so­cial, a mini health fair with 13 lo­cal ven­dors, a Red Hat high tea and lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment will round out the week. Se­niors will be of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties to so­cial­ize and en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

An as­sisted liv­ing com­mu­nity like Mer­ry­vale pro­vides an im­por­tant op­tion for se­niors tran­si­tion­ing from home to watch­ful over­sight due to the changes and chal­lenges of ag­ing.

Signs and symp­toms for con­cern with ag­ing se­niors in­clude, cog­ni­tive and or phys­i­cal de­cline such as poor groom­ing, weight loss as a re­sult of poor nutri­tion, con­fu­sion with med­i­ca­tions, so­cial with­drawal, more fre­quent fender ben­ders if still driv­ing, sleep de­pri­va­tion or day- night re­ver­sal.

A struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment that also pro­motes choice, dig­nity and in­de­pen­dence be­comes an ac­cept­able and ap­peal­ing op­tion. Se­niors thrive with un­ob­tru­sive as­sis­tance with bal­anced and well- pre­sented meals, snacks, hy­dra­tion, med­ica- tion su­per­vi­sion if needed, house­keep­ing, laun­dry ser­vices, as­sis­tance with bathing or dress­ing and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. As­sis­tance can be so­licited with the aid of a call pen­dant and re­ceived 24 hours a day. Trans­porta­tion to physi­cian ap­point­ments is pro­vided twice a week.

Much flex­i­bil­ity is avail­able. Se­niors may use respite, short- term or longterm ar­range­ments. Mother or fa­ther can come in for a few days while the adult chil­dren take a break from care giv­ing.

A se­nior can spend a few weeks or many weeks to bridge the pe­riod be­tween a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity and the re­turn to home. Oth­ers may choose to make Mer­ry­vale home over the long term. Ac­com­mo­da­tions are based on avail­abil­ity.

While as­sisted liv­ing is res­i­den­tial care, health care ser­vices can be pro­vided through home health agen­cies as or­dered by the res­i­dent’s pri­mary care physi­cian. Mer­ry­vale part­ners with lo­cal hos­pi­tals, physi­cian offices, phar­ma­cies, home health and hospice agen­cies, geri­atric nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, a lo­cal po­dia- trist and mo­bile den­tist who come to our com­mu­nity.

It is not un­usual for a se­nior to thrive in this set­ting. Rather than a loss of in­de­pen­dence, the se­nior may ac­tu­ally re­gain func­tion­ing and en­joy a greater qual­ity of life. Res­i­den­tial care is a pri­vate- pay prod­uct and can be paid from an in­di­vid­ual’s re­sources in­clud­ing re­tire­ment, pen­sion, long- term in­sur­ance or Vet­eran’s ben­e­fits.

If you are or know of some­one that could ben­e­fit from this sup­port sys­tem, please call ( 770) 786- 4688 for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

A nice place to live:

Left, a res­i­dent strolls amid beau­ti­ful spring flow­ers at Mer­ry­vale. Right,

Sub­mit­ted photo

Mary Alice Nor­man strums the gui­tar.

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