The Virginia Department of Aging and the Richmond area Agency on Aging has been working quite hard to address the rising population of seniors statewide. Whereas now, about one in six Virginians is 60 and over, by the year 2030 that figure will have risen to 1 out of 4 Virginians being 60+ years of age. Although many seniors are healthy and do quite well living in their own home, there are many others that due to poor health, difficulties handling day-to-day tasks or getting around, may need to look into an assisted living facility. Assited living comes in many forms and settings, along with varying degrees of service and amenities. Some are home-like, and others are more like having your own apartment.
Assisted living in Richmond
The number of assisted living facilities in the Richmond area is amazing. A senior can pick and choose from a small facility with a home-like atmosphere to an apartment in a complex on Monument Aveue. Then, there are any number of complexes built on grounds covering an acre or more with parking, outdoor gardens and walking paths for their residents enjoyment. No matter what kind of place you are looking for, the first thing to do is a bit of research. There is a great web site to view that will give you a listing by state and then by city. Visit www.assisted-living-directory.com. Be sure to visit the facility you are thinking about, and check out it’s health and safety records. Ask lots of questions, and bcome well informed.
Emeritus at Deep Run
Emeritus at Deep Run, located at 1800 Gaskins Road here in Richmond, is just one of the many assisted living facilities in this area. Emeritus is one of the largest networks of assisted living communities in North America. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, they now have 12 communities in the state of Virginia with a total bed capacity of 1016. The Executive director of Emeritus at Deep Run, Natalie Kent, has been in the health care business since 1977. Although she has held the position of director in many places around the state of Virginia, most of her career has been spent right here in Richmond.
The dedication of the employees at Emeritus at Deep Run is reflected in the mission statement of the community. It says, “We are passionately committed to making a difference in peopke’s lives by providing services of the highest quality and value in a supportive enviroment, promoting health, independence and social interaction of seniors.” And, it goes without saying that passion is reflected in all the employees that choose to work at Emeritus. Their love for the job and their love for the residents is evident in every way. They really mean it when they say, “Our family is committed to yours.”