Benefits of a long-term home for seniors: it’s not just safety, but also community

Increasing middle age is driving the need for social support for older people, making support, care, guardianship and similar services increasingly necessary. In line with the trend, housing complexes for seniors are becoming more modern and better adapted to the individual needs of each resident. Now they offer not only personalised care, but also companionship and new experiences that save you from “shutting down”.
Long-term living home community for seniors – the key to emotional support
Everyone needs to communicate and socialise, regardless of their age, so homes for the elderly offer not only private rooms, but also shared spaces where people can meet like-minded people, build friendships and meaningful relationships, and share common difficulties or interests. These spaces are also used for games, events and group activities that encourage bonding between residents, so that emotional support is always present.
Activities and regular communication help ensure mental and emotional well-being. This reduces the likelihood of depression and loneliness, which are common in older people. The feeling of belonging to a community also improves your mood and general well-being, and participating in various conversations, discussions and games can help you keep your mind active longer.
Being part of a community often leads to more goals, opportunities for personal growth and a willingness to take advantage of them, which is why seniors take up new activities and hobbies and are increasingly brave enough to join group activities. Choosing more active activities such as walking and exercise also improves physical health and mobility.
Sharing experiences and challenges with peers can also reduce the stress felt by seniors and provide resilience when faced with more difficult times. Community is integral to promoting a fulfilling lifestyle for older people.
How else do long-term homes contribute to the well-being of seniors?
Ongoing support. One of the biggest advantages for seniors in a specialised home is the easy access to help with everyday activities. So bathing, dressing, taking medication, cooking and many other everyday tasks that are more difficult to manage at an older age can be done with the help of professionals. Living in such complexes also relieves you of the burden of lawns, home maintenance, repairs, tidying up and cleaning. Depending on the nursing home, health services such as nursing care may also be available at the same location.
Individual attention. Personalised, tailor-made care plans in retirement homes can ensure that everyone’s needs are met. Thus, staff also take into account unique dietary habits or other necessary conditions, as well as the fulfilment of preferences.
Facilities and activities. To promote an active and fulfilling lifestyle for seniors, modern retirement homes also offer amenities such as gyms, exercise facilities, swimming pools, libraries, beauty services, spas, walks, a wildlife society, etc. The quality of life is also promoted by organising outings. It allows you to stay within the four walls, diversify your daily routine, keep your hobbies in mind and see or experience something new.
Security. Retirement homes are always designed and furnished to take into account the difficulties, physical disabilities and other needs of the elderly. The layout of the rooms is therefore convenient for every resident, with staff available 24 hours a day and the rooms completely quiet. The serviced apartments and the grounds of the retirement home create a cosy, relaxing environment, so you don’t feel the anxiety of being alone. When older family members live in a safe and adapted environment, their relatives feel more at ease knowing that their loved ones are getting all the help they need in a long-term home, which may not always be available at home.
The need for long-term living homes in Lithuania is growing
2022 m. “According to the Official Statistics Portal, there are more people of retirement age in Lithuania than young people. The European Commission (EC) predicts that by 2050. Lithuania’s population will be one of the oldest, i.e. one third of the population will be aged 65 and over. The ageing of the population highlights a particularly sensitive issue: many older people feel lonely. There are as many as 300,000 of them in Lithuania. As a result, the number of elderly people wanting to live in a care home is also increasing, but there are not enough of them in the country and some seniors have to wait in queues.
Driven by empathy, a desire to address social problems and the need for long-term living homes that is evident in the country, UAB Sematix has invested in a project – Perpetuus. The complex, which will open its doors in the Jurbarkas district, surrounded by nature and close to the Nemunas River, will provide individual services that meet the level of independence of seniors, so everyone will be able to find a home that will be dear to their heart. The new home will not only provide beautiful, spacious rooms, tailor-made nutrition plans, individual therapeutic programmes, excellent specialists, but will also strive to give every senior and beyond a comfortable, dignified old age, a sense of family and togetherness, so that no one feels lonely or isolated.
,,Perpetuus” team