What happened to "New Coke?" Coca-Cola introduced the sweeter recipe in 1985, at the height of the "Cola Wars" between it and Pepsi. The slogan "Change for the Best!" appeared in many commercials for New Coke. The soda crowd seemed underwhelmed. New Coke was a huge flop. After three months, "Coca-Cola Classic" was released with the same, time-tested formula that had won over consumers in the first place.
Whether you're in the market for a new brand of soda or a retirement community, there will always be something "better" and "newer" to tempt you. Glitzy senior housing complexes have been springing up in cities around the country in recent years, with the promise of updating the senior living model with cutting-edge amenities. When it comes to finding the best senior living community for you or your loved one, "new" isn't always "better." From the friendly staff members who greet you with a "Good Morning" to the friendly residents who treat you like family, BSH Care Senior Living facilities have found that putting people first is the key to their success. There are more senior living homes to choose from than ever before, but here are four reasons why you shouldn't.
The World's Most Famous Recipe
It is the opinions of current and former residents of senior living homes that distinguish advertising from reality. It is very crucial to read reviews written by current residents of senior living facilities before making a final decision on where to spend the rest of your life. This may not be an option in more recent homes because of their lack of established credibility. In contrast to more established neighborhoods, you'll have to rely on the word of employees and management rather than actual locals.
Taste of the Neighborhood
Successful retirement communities have long recognized the need of cultivating a friendly and accepting resident base. It takes time, usually years, to build that kind of family bond. That includes making an effort to connect with people in the neighborhood. Although long-standing relationships between residents and local groups are a feature of senior living communities, they may not yet exist in newer complexes.
An Established Method
To achieve the greatest quality and safety standards, assisted living facilities must undergo extensive inspections and regulatory hoops, much like a new drink must pass safety tests. Established communities with solid track records of compliance over many years are the gold standard, something that new providers haven't had time to earn in an industry where time tested rules and processes have huge impacts on the health and happiness of residents.
A Timeless Tradition
Seniors who are already settled in their communities have not been enticed to leave by the proliferation of flashy new options for them to call home. In a word, why? They understand that actual results are more valuable than hypothetical ones. Communities that have served seniors and their families for decades have amassed a wealth of knowledge that allows them to provide an experience that is both timeless and modern. They have perfected every aspect of the resident experience, from the standard of care provided to the menu options available. This doesn't occur instantly.
Time will tell if senior living facilities that have been updated to seem like upscale hotels become as obsolete as New Coke. Whatever the future holds, residents can rest assured that BSH Care and other established senior living communities will continue to provide the tried-and-true recipe that has attracted them for years: a place where it's not about the amenities you enjoy but the friends you make. Don't change a winning formula; classics will always win every time. Consider the advice of one middle-aged offspring whose father tried out a trendy new neighborhood before settling back down in a tried-and-true BSH Care neighborhood.
If you or a loved one are considering senior living options and value stability, BSH Care Senior Living is worth looking into.