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The Six Most Important Things to Consider when Selecting an Assisted Living (Part Three)

The Right Social Fit = Happiness!


Meeting the social needs of a loved one in assisted living is critical to a good quality of life. Everyone deserves happiness, and I can’t think of anything that contributes more to that than the social appropriateness of a community. Matching people with the right social setting for them, whether quiet and peaceful or active and bustling, leads to long-term success.


Larger assisted living communities are great for cognitively high-functioning individuals that want social opportunities throughout the day, know when they are scheduled, and how to access them. Larger options are also great for more social individuals for the obvious reason that there are simply people around, thereby increasing the likelihood  of finding common interests with which to build relationships. They can also provide those that are higher functioning cognitively, yet reserved socially-speaking, with their own peaceful and private living space.


Memory care is wonderful for individuals with more advanced dementia because they strongly encourage participation in engaging group activities. This interaction and stimulation can help to slow the progression of dementia. Memory units do their best to prevent residents from self-isolating which can be detrimental on many levels for those with advanced dementia.


Residential assisted living homes are another option that we are lucky to have in abundance here in Albuquerque. Most residential homes provide some limited programming, often just one activity a day. Therefore, it’s a wonderful option for individuals that do not want or need much in the way of engagement or stimulation, while still providing some activity to enhance their quality of life. The intimate nature of residential homes (i.e. fewer residents and greater staff continuity) can also be great for people who are easily overwhelmed by many new faces and large spaces.


When it comes to social appropriateness of assisted living, there isn’t any one option that’s a perfect fit for everyone. It depends on the individual and their own social needs. Finding the right social option for your loved one will significantly enhance their quality of life and I can’t think of anything more important!

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    Corey Nelson,


    With years spent working in the healthcare industry and a Certificate in Gerontology, I feel I understand the needs and desires of seniors. I embrace the experience of giving back to those who have given so much of themselves to make us who we are today. Read an article in the New Mexico Business Weekly.

    Wesley Morrow,


    I am a certified dementia practitioner. I have over 8 years of experience in the healthcare field working with older adults as a director and physical therapy assistant in a skilled nursing facility. I'm excited about building relationships with seniors and their families, while helping our geriatric population increase the quality of their lives.

    Marla Ivey, Marketing & Community Outreach

    I have over 10 years of experience with seniors in skilled nursing and long term care. I value the relationships I have built and continue to build throughout our community. I strive to provide excellent customer service to our seniors while helping them transition into community living with the best quality of life.

    Ray Nelson, Business Operations Manager

    I have over 20 years of experience as an engineer and program manager. Having retired from the US Air Force in August 2014, I joined the Stellar team where I'm responsible for all day-to-day business operations, including contracting, financial management, and office infrastructure.



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