There have never been more options for families seeking senior care. As senior living has evolved and expanded care services, navigating the senior care landscape can be confusing and challenging for families who are unsure what type of care their loved one needs. Explore the important differences between assisted living, enhanced assisted living or skilled nursing care, and memory care , and find high-quality senior living in downtown Seattle at Murano Senior Living.
Assisted Living in Seattle
Assisted living communities in Seattle offers assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). There are a few variations on what qualifies as an ADL but generally speaking, there are five basic categories:
- Personal hygiene – bathing, showering, grooming, nail care, and oral care
- Dressing – the physical ability to dress and undress as well as the ability to make appropriate clothing decisions
- Eating – feeding oneself, but not necessarily meal preparation
- Continence – the mental and physical ability to use a restroom
- Mobility – moving from standing to seating, walking independently
In addition to ADLs, assisted living communities in downtown Seattle also offer assistance with instrumental activities of daily living. (IADLs). IADLs are activities that are important aspects of being able to live independently but are not necessarily required on a daily basis. These include,
- Communication skills
- Meal preparation
- Medication management
- Managing personal finances
Assisted living communities  help residents manage ADLs and IADLs while providing social events and activities, providing the care residents need to live as independently as possible.
Enhanced Assisted Living in Seattle
For seniors who need more care, there is enhanced assisted living. Enhanced assisted living communities provide a lower resident to caregiver staff ratio and care provided in these communities exceed what is offered in assisted living, often including,
- Intermittent nursing services
- Non-routine ostomy care
- Parkinson’s care
- Hospice and palliative care
Additional offerings in enhanced assisted living also includes three meals daily plus complimentary snacks throughout the day, weekly housekeeping and linen service, local scheduled transportation service seven days a week, all utilities except private telephone, expanded basic cable TV, social and recreational programs, routine apartment maintenance, complimentary use of laundry facilities, 24-hour emergency communication system, daily resident check, coordination of care and oversight of well-being, full-time RN on staff to direct and oversee care team, staff available 24-hours a day, and access to temporary and unscheduled services from the care team.
For seniors needing 24/7 nursing assistance, usually after a hospital stay or a significant decline in health, there is skilled nursing care. Often residents in skilled nursing care have complex medical needs, and for most, it is a short-term stay.
Memory Care in Seattle
Memory care is specially designed for seniors coping with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. Memory care in downtown Seattle often features secured courtyards to protect residents who may wander, circular floor plans, and specially trained staff to manage the symptoms of the disease.
Many memory care communities are in communities that also offer independent living and assisted living but have a separate wing or floor dedicated to memory care. They often have their own dining rooms, living rooms, and activity centers.
High-Quality Senior Living in Downtown Seattle
Murano Senior Living  located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood offers residents a range of care services including independent living, assisted living, enhanced assisted living, and memory care.
Residents in assisted living at Murano Senior Living enjoy flexible assisted living services that can be added at any time, in an apartment. Personalized plans are regularly evaluated and adjusted to find a perfect balance between independence and assistance. Additionally, the staff at Murano Senior Living includes physical, occupational, and speech therapists so that residents have the help they need when they need it.
For residents needing the highest level of assistance, Murano Senior Living has a separate floor. The third floor of Murano Senior Living is where residents receive enhanced assisted living care services with a dedicated dining room, living, room, and amenity spaces.
Seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia live in our dedicated memory care unit on the fourth floor, called Opal. Opal is Leisure Care’s signature memory care program and is built around seven pillars of wellness that ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to care.
Seven Pillars of Wellness
Our signature PrimeFit program focuses on the unique physical abilities of each resident in both group and private sessions. We take into consideration the preferences and life story of our residents to create active moments throughout the day.
From scenic drives and themed dinners to holiday events and excursions, we ensure our residents feel included in society and maintain important social connections.
By providing a range of activities like picnics in the park, nature preserves, or live music at the community, our residents have the opportunity to experience the very things that have had importance to them their entire lives while also cultivating new experiences and interests.
Emotional & Spiritual
Because spirituality means different things to different people, we draw from the life story of our residents to provide daily opportunities to practice meaningful spirituality in ways that are important to each resident.
Creative & Artistic
Activities that elicit expression and provide sensory stimulation, like drawing, clay sculpting, or flower arranging are just a few of the ways residents can express themselves creatively each and every day.
Our goal is to offer daily opportunities for residents to complete tasks with a purpose. We find that tasks, like watering plants or helping the staff, become quite meaningful for residents.
We know that individuals living with a diagnosis of dementia often experience and express themselves through the five senses. The Opal program provides daily opportunities for our residents to positively interact in our community through what they see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
Which Senior Care Option is Right for You?
Today’s senior living communities offer families more choices than ever and it can be difficult to know which one your senior loved one will benefit from most. For that, Murano Senior Living is here . We are compassionate experts in senior care and truly seek to become partners with the families of our residents and we design and build a customized care plan for your loved one.
Our continuum of senior care services allows your loved one to stay at Murano Senior Living, enjoying all the amenities of luxurious senior living, while also receiving the care service he or she needs to thrive.
Murano Senior Living is now accepting need-based move-ins. Contact Murano Senior Living today for a virtual tour and consult. We can’t wait to welcome you home!