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Comparing Amenities in Residential and Traditional Senior Living

Traditional senior living communities often tout extensive amenities and a worry-free lifestyle as some of their biggest selling points. Unfortunately, those benefits come with a large campus that requires navigating between multiple buildings and/or institutional feeling high-rise structures. Not to mention 100s of other residents and stretched-thin staff! But there is an alternative: residential care. Here you’ll find the same amenities plus the comforts of home, but without the crowd and hassle. Let’s compare.

How Residential Care Differs

There are a number of differences between residential care, or boutique senior living as we like to call it, and traditional senior living but here are some of the most important:

The Setting

Care is provided in a single-family home specially crafted to support seniors. Traditional senior living may strive to feel homelike, but with us, everything from the décor to the intimate settings to the quiet residential neighborhood feels comfortable and familiar.

The Crowd (or lack thereof)

You’ll share life with only 10 to 16 residents max along with familiar caregivers for a true family feel.

The Care

While we’re also licensed for assisted living and memory care, we’re able to provide a 1 to 5 caregiver to resident ratio which is practically unheard of in traditional senior living!

The Attention

Having one caregiver to only five residents means not only more attention but also 24/7 personalized care by highly-trained CNAs and caregivers who really know your needs and individual preferences. 

Comparing Amenities in Residential Care

What families are most surprised by is that in choosing residential care, they don’t have to give up the amenities the large traditional senior living communities offer.  Our residents still enjoy:

Plenty of Space

Each of our homes has at least 4,000 square feet of living space so there’s still plenty of room both inside and out. Plus, private bedrooms are also available.

Delicious Dining

We offer three homemade meals daily that meet individual dietary requirements and we dine family-style in our homes. Plus the kitchen is always open for nutritious snacks and drinks!

Enriching Lives

We also feature daily fitness, social and enrichment opportunities onsite and through outings. What’s more our smaller setting enables us to offer an immersive activity program in which residents take part in the day-to-day right alongside caregivers from shopping to cooking and more just like family!

All the Extras

With beautifully landscaped grounds and home gardens, flat-screen televisions with basic cable, laundry and cleaning services, complimentary Wi-Fi and transportation for appointments, shopping and scheduled outings, our residents lack for nothing!

Peace of Mind

Residents and their families can also rest easy knowing each of our homes has sprinkler systems throughout, fall alert pendants, keypad entry/exit access and state-of-the-art video monitoring outdoors and in common areas.

Residential care really does blend the best of home and traditional senior living!

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For more information on residential care at Shepherd Premier or to schedule a virtual tour, call (224) 333-6247 to speak to a team member.