Northwood Assisted Living plans open house

Northwood Assisted Living plans open house In conjunction with National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 12-18, Northwood Assisted Living 809 N. Norbeck, Vermillion, will be hosting an open house Sept. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Information on assisted living, a tour of the facility and lunch will be provided. Families and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the residents and staff and learn more about the services provided there.

Longer life expectancies tied with the "graying of America" is driving the growth of a long term health care option used by many families called assisted living in South Dakota and across the nation.

Assisted living facilities primarily started in this country in the 1980s. Modeled after similar programs for the elderly in Scandinavia, American facilities combine housing and personal care, with some health care services. Assisted living is designed to promote resident autonomy by enabling the elderly to live independently in a protective home-like setting that encourages family and community involvement.

Unlike most senior housing that has been around for decades, assisted living facilities provide oversight and help with every day activities such as bathing or dressing so that residents can continue to live as independently as possible.

Assisted living facilities like Northwood are designed to meet the needs of an aging population that increasingly seeks long term care in a more home-like environment that can provide residents with the dignity, independence and choice they have experienced their entire lives.

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