Caregiving: More Than Just a Job

When families visit their loved ones in assisted living facilities it’s not always just for a fun visit, it’s also to make sure their loved one is being treated with care. Although this should always be a priority it should not consume a family in worry. You should never be concerned for your mother, father, or grandparent; they belong in hands that you trust.

Caregiving Ratios

One of the most important things about assisted living facilities is resident-to- caregiver ratio. Although there are no standard regulations for ratios we believe in a superior caregiver ratio so that residents are never neglected. Our ratio at Manchester is 1:4, which means that for every four residents there is one caregiver. People who move to assisted living facilities are always looking for one important thing: stability. Stability incorporates respect, trust and compassion, which are qualities every assisted living should uphold.

Unfortunately, assisted living residents are often taken advantage of, neglected, and/or over medicated. The horror stories make people hesitant and fully closed off to the possibility of allowing their loved one to live at one of these homes. Let us reassure you that there are still good assisted livings out there, where the facility is modeled solely around the comfort and wellbeing of the resident. Also, we make sure that we continually stimulate the minds of our residents. Whether it’s one-on- one engagement with caregivers, or “joggin-your- noggin” exercises, we consider it vital to our residents’ quality of life to always engage and support them mentally. This is different for each resident, which is part of the benefit of our superior caregiver ratio. Because of our ratios, we are able to spend time finding out about each resident and their unique needs.

As experts in this industry we have learned a lot about physical care as well as mental and psychological care. Our residents’ daily emotional state is a priority and should be the focus for all assisted living facilities since emotional health has a huge correlation to physical health. Manchester staff does not view engagement with residents as just a job; they view it as a chance to build relationships. Through reminiscing about music and social interaction, residents feel satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. In turn, these relationships help promote healing and growth, and our caregivers make it a priority to care for our residents as family.