About Shepherd of Oregon
Nestled in the Rock River Valley, the city of Oregon sits proudly along the banks of the most beautiful waterway in northern Illinois. The natural beauty of our community welcomes you and we are proud of the many sites and events that make our town a unique blend of both small-town charm and big city ideas.
Oregon, Illinois boasts beautiful local and state parks, vibrant annual festivals, world-renowned arts and sculpture, “Pride of Oregon” riverboat rides, and so much more!
At Shepherd Premier Senior Living our senior living amenities at our Oregon, IL location includes the following:
- 16 beds available
- 8,500 square feet of living space
- Well-appointed furnishings
An assisted living home is not just a luxury, but an actual necessity for some senior adults. This is particularly true for those who might need help with some of the nuances of daily living, such as cooking, housekeeping, and even moving about the house on their own.
A number of these specialized housing arrangements, much like our senior living facilities in Oregon, Illinois offer various levels of medical and personal care. The living spaces in these facilities can be individual rooms, apartments, or even shared quarters. These senior living facilities mostly provide a home-like setting and are specifically designed to provide a sense of independence to the residents.
How is Assisted Living Different from a Nursing Home?
The concept of a nursing home has been around for far longer than that of assisted living, which is mostly why most people confuse the two. There are, however, differences between the two that set each apart.
Both assisted living facilities and nursing homes provide care for their residents, as this is the foundation of the two practices. There are marked differences, however, in the type of care that the residents receive from each housing type. Nursing home residents receive care much as they would in a hospital setting.
Nurses, therapists, and medical professionals are typically present most of the time, and the residents are monitored around the clock for any medical need they might have. It is not uncommon to see residents in nursing homes being moved around in wheelchairs for the better part of the day.
Residents in assisted living facilities, on the other hand, are mostly independent in that they live as they normally would if they were in their own homes, except for help being provided in some aspects of everyday life such as transportation, medication, housekeeping, and other things which could become difficult to do when a person starts getting older.
Many nursing homes portrayed in popular media such as movies often depict residents as being limited to generally mild activities such as playing chess, sitting in the sunroom, enjoying being rolled around in a wheelchair along the garden, and other such activities attributed to old age. This is not too far from what happens in most nursing homes as many of the residents are already too old, fragile, or sickly to engage in more strenuous activities.
Residents in assisted living facilities are encouraged to join life enrichment programs designed to be safe for their age and at the same time, give the participants a sense of achievement and self-worth. This is because depression and melancholy are very common emotions felt by people of advanced age as they tend to see less of their loved ones and are often treated as if they are not of much use anymore because of their age.
Most nursing homes are intentionally designed to be like clinical environments mostly because of the physical needs of the residents. Many residents in nursing homes need help to complete the daily tasks that people who are mobile and able, take for granted.
Assisted living communities such as ours were carefully planned and designed to create a comfortable and safe atmosphere, that feels like a home away from home.
Nursing homes necessarily have dieticians on hand to help prepare meals tailored to the health requirements of the residents. As people age, certain foods become problematic for them, as these foods could already be hazardous to someone of advanced years. Many nursing home residents, however, lament that they already live in a hospital-like environment, and they wish that the food at least would not look and taste like hospital food.
Assisted living facilities often allow the residents to cook their meals, since most things in these facilities are intended to give the impression of independence, self-worth, and usefulness, regardless of their age. Residents are even given the option of being able to have their meals in their living unit or with others in a community dining room, which is mostly open all day for anyone who would want to eat there.
Hospitals is notorious for not having the level of privacy that most people would want unless they are in a private suite being attended to by private medical staff. Even in private suites, there is still the need for the medical staff to check in from time to time to ensure that the patient is responding well to the treatment and that nothing is wrong with them.
This is the same for nursing home scenarios, where some of the residents need constant monitoring due to severely failing health. In such a situation where the vital signs of the resident need to be constantly checked, very little privacy could be expected.
In assisted living facilities, unless the resident requires constant medical monitoring, they are mostly allowed to have the level of privacy that they desire. Residents are even allowed to choose the amount of social interaction that they get, as many residents in assisted living facilities need privacy to complete personal projects they might be working on, such as their autobiography.
While it might sound whimsical to most, certain patients in nursing homes could have an adverse reaction to overstimulation or excitement. Some could suffer a spike in their blood pressure as they are easily agitated, which is why most nursing homes maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere. This is even complimented by the pervading design and color scheme of the nursing home since visual stimulation could also become a concern for some residents.
Residents in assisted living facilities are given the option to participate in pre-planned daily activities designed to help them maintain an active lifestyle suited to their age. There are even organized trips outside of the facility so that the residents do not feel confined inside the assisted living community.
Being mostly a hospital-like environment, nursing homes mostly prohibit residents from having pets. Regardless of the ability of the nursing home resident to keep and care for their pet, it could become a concern for others who might react to the presence of the pet in the same facility.
Some people never outgrew their allergies and could still have them even in their senior years, which could then be triggered by the presence of a pet on the premises. Others tend to have an emotional reaction to the presence of a pet inside the nursing home, as some people do not like having animals around them.
Many assisted living facilities to allow the presence of pets in the community. This is because many assisted living facilities to believe in the practice of having pet partners that could help with the disposition, mood, and general well-being of the resident.
Many elderly people who live apart from their families often turn to pets as surrogate family members, giving them a sense that there is another living being who will never leave their side no matter how old they get.
How is Shepherd Premier Senior Living different?
At Shepherd Premier your loved one will receive 24-hour care, medication management, home-cooked meals, and the best caretaker-to-resident ratio in the industry. Every home is unique, but our family-owned values and unwavering dedication to quality care are second to none. Schedule a private tour today and see why our residents say – This is Home!
When a loved one comes home to live in a Shepherd Premier Senior Living residence they join an intimate community of 10 to 16 residents. We believe “smaller is better” when it comes to senior care — an opinion informed by our own experience with the other guys.
Rather than a sense of guilt, you can know that mom or dad is enjoying life in an environment similar to home, with a small group of people that will fill their days with engagement, laughter, and the joy of belonging. We create an atmosphere that is engaging, supportive, safe, and secure. By choosing Shepherd Premier the story doesn’t end, a new chapter begins!
Senior Living at Shepherd Premier Senior Living includes:
Every detail of our senior living apartments in Hilliard is being designed with the active senior in mind. Our spacious one- and two-bedroom apartment floor plans will include plenty of living space, a high-end kitchen with all the finishes, and your own in-unit washer and dryer. You’ll be able to enjoy a fulfilling and independent retirement in a brand-new community focused on your wellness and happiness. Leave your worries behind and imagine your new life at Verena at Hilliard senior living.
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