70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
Assisted living residents are changing - residents want more freedom, more abilities to make personal decisions. This session describes an assisted living company in Washington State that drastically changed its policies and offerings to meet the demands of the upcoming (and current) resident demographics. Resident activities have morphed from "the three B's" (Bingo, bus rides, and Bible study) to educational sessions on safe sex, world travel, history, natural health care, cooking classes, and other unique topics driven by resident interest and recommendations. A "bucket list" has been developed for each community, whereby residents identify "If I could..." activities that have resulted in residents going on air balloon rides, riding with biker gangs, flying airplanes....the list is endless. Educational sessions on the uses of THC and CBD, along with planned trips to the cannabis shop (and the ability to use their purchases at the assisted living) has created quite the stir amongst residents and families alike. Bold changes have supported what, just five years ago, would be unheard of in an assisted living company.