Merryvale celebrates National Assisted Living Week
Many planned activities begin today
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,
Mary Alice Norman strums the guitar.