Senior living feels like family at The Views in Cedar Rapids

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If you're considering senior living for yourself or a family member, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with options while determining the right fit. Fortunately The Views Senior Living Communities located in Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Burlington offer a comfortable and seamless transition.

Living alone can present a number of worries and uncertainties, but The Views ensures affordable care and the services keep residents as independent as possible. Seniors and their families can have peace of mind as The Views communities enable residents to maintain their preferred lifestyle.

With locally vested owners and board members, The Views Senior Living Communities has set a high quality standard - even winning several national and state awards since its creation in2004. The Views has built a solid reputation as a locally-owned community providing quality amenities, compassionate care, and the knowledge to help you navigate senior living with comfort and grace. Welcoming residents and attentive staff create an environment anyone would be happy to call home.

The Cedar Rapids location spotlighted is located on F Avenue in northwest Cedar Rapids, just off Edgewood Road NW. The Views Cedar Rapids offers 44 assisted living apartments and 56 memory care apartments. The deluxe private apartments include five floor plans, ranging from a studio to a two-bedroom apartment with spacious open living, thoughtful kitchenettes, and individually controlled heating and air. To maintain both comfort and independence, the apartments also include walk-in showers with fold down benches and handrails. Other accessibility features include walk-in closets with ample storage, round-the-clock monitored emergency response systems, wide doors and hallways, and ergonomic door handles.

Residents have access to community space including dining and living areas, a recreation room, and a whirlpool room. The Views isn’t just a place to live; it’s a community that supports a fulfilling, active, and social lifestyle. Monthly fees provide for a number of conveniences for residents including housekeeping, laundry, and three nutritious meals each day. Add to that convenient transportation options, an on-premise barber and beauty salon, and a comprehensive wellness and recreation program. It’s easy to see how The Views can help seniors live their best life.

The Views Assisted Living community at Ridgeview sets the standard for assisted living, helping residents maintain independence and health in a comfortable midwestern environment community dining, lounge, and outdoor areas. That’s not to mention the stunning apartment offerings! "In our assisted living community, RidgeView, we have studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as options for a one bedroom deluxe," says Danielle Helgerson, The Views community relations director. "At RidgeView our residents are able to maintain their choice of independence, health, and well-being in a comfortable, supportive environment." It's easy for you and your family to have peace of mind, knowing that professional staff is available to meet resident’s needs at any time.

Partnerships with families is at the heart of everything at The Views. Family involvement is encouraged and The Views team is committed to providing support and education to assist families in discovering meaningful and enjoyable activities to do with loved ones during visits. Both community and private living spaces enable families to continue relishing their togetherness without sacrificing security for their loved ones.

The Views staff works with residents to establish a daily routine that fits their preferred lifestyle. An on-site registered nurse and certified, experienced staff offer support while removing the stress of daily tasks and minutia. This approach allows residents to focus their full attention on their own health and wellbeing.

For those in need of memory care, MeadowView Memory Care Village is unlike any other residence in the state of Iowa. Located right next door to RidgeView, MeadowView Memory Care Village is specifically designed for residents with memory impairment. The village offers a unique controlled social experience in an assisted living environment. Its streetscape design helps residents recall long-term memories which is crucial in nurturing a feeling of purpose and well-being. Residents are safe within the secured environment, where 24/7 staff assist as needed.

Memory care staff includes a team of around-the-clock caregivers who provide moment-to-moment cues and suggestions for tenant activities. Caregivers multi-task and promote overall well-being with a multidisciplinary approach. Under the leadership of a Director of Nursing, all staff receive continuing education in dementia care to assure quality of care for all tenants. The MeadowView nursing staff are strong advocates for tenants, continuously communicating with healthcare providers and families to ensure the residents are receiving the best care possible.

Utilizing color and visual cues throughout its 56 private units allows residents to navigate themselves without feeling confined. The Memory Care village also includes an enclosed outdoor Memory Garden for outdoor activities, shown to be particularly effective against the symptoms of sundowning. Its clear wayfinding circular path, bird feeding station, raised flower bed, and large outdoor space enables residents to enjoy a number of activities, including the opportunity to participate in community gardening.

Additional features at the memory care village center include a band shell, library, barn and silo, windmill, fireplaces, water tank, town square, a beauty salon, and lots of natural light. Montessori-based programs are also available throughout all areas of MeadowView. Residents are free to choose from caregiver directed activities to stimulate cognitive, physical, and social well-being including exercise, music, art, and pet therapy.

"We have a home-like atmosphere designed with recognizable amenities from residents’ past such as a tractor, ice cream parlor, post office, chapel, schoolhouse, and more. Our dining center looks like a gazebo," Helgerson says. "Our entire building with its indoor and outdoor walking layout is designed to help individuals with memory loss thrive despite their disease." A daily schedule full of activity choices help memory care residents stay active and engaged.

To find out more about life at The Views in Cedar Rapids, call Danielle to schedule a personal tour. (319) 540-4787.

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