Duncan McRae House

129 South US 221 Mt Vernon, GA 30445
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Duncan McRae House

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But what if you’re a baby boomer who currently needs to choose an assisted living facility for yourself? What do you look for specific to your age group, personal interests, medical, therapeutic and social needs?

For the purpose of this article, an informal focus group was held, consisting of nine baby boomers who live in a multi-generational assisted living facility. This group was made up of men and women with varying socio-economic backgrounds. The purpose was to solicit the advice of these residents, based on their own experiences, to see what they would recommend to other “boomers” as they assess and choose an assisted living facility. The think tank session, which became a lively discussion, was quite enlightening.

The top of the list: Although assisted living facilities often highlight their new amenities, landscaping and beautiful buildings as their most main features, the baby boomers we talked with focused on the relationships within the building as being the most important attribute. They all agreed that it was important to live near and be connected to others in their same age group, and they all liked being with the older adults, as well. One woman commented that the friendships between the baby boomers and older adults is vital, stating, “We’re all part of the circle of life.” At the Duncan McRae House in Mt. Vernon Georgia we meet those needs.

Besides the obvious search for exceptional care, other items and suggestions for a baby boomer assisted living checklist included:

1. Social stimulation and activities to match the interests of younger adults: Check to see if there is a facilitated ‘younger adult group’ that plans their own event calendar and is also welcome to participate in activities with the entire facility. For instance, the group of baby boomers we met with appreciates that they are able to plan and go on their own outings, such as baseball games, movies, favorite restaurants, coffee shops to hear live music, etc.

2. A facility with residents who truly care and “watch out for each other.” While touring assisted living facilities, the group recommended talking, meeting and possibly eating with the residents to get a feel for the ‘caring culture’ of the facility. Be sure it is inclusive.

3. In addition, look for a facility with its own handicapped accessible bus or transportation for the facilities external activities.

4. A comfortable, home-like, environment like at the Duncan McRae House is very important. For instance, this group enjoys watching Netflix movies within their facility. It’s not unusual for them to spontaneously gather together to host impromptu “movie nights” to enjoy the latest films.

5. Mental/intellectual inspiration: Everyone agreed on the importance of a library with computer access, training and Internet service.

6. Physical stimulation: If appropriate, look for a facility that has on-site exercise equipment with individualized instruction. Consider a facility with aquatic therapy.

7. Medical expertise and resources: The ability to participate in medical research studies, support groups and/or physical, occupational and speech therapies on-site, if needed. Several of the baby boomers (such as the stroke survivors) have exceeded healing expectations due to the ability to easily access medical programs and the aforementioned therapies for their healing and well-being.

8. Meals: If possible, join residents for a meal. In addition to nutritious meals with options for special diets, this group appreciated the fact that carry-out food is available.

9. Spiritual stimulation: Most of the baby boomers mentioned that they appreciate having a Chapel on-site or transportation to Church Services.

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