Counselng and Adjustment

Retirement communities do an excellent job transitioning new residents into their communities with personal attention, peer-mentoring, and follow-up. Many residents adjust and embrace this new chapter in their lives however there are some who struggle. Once the “honeymoon” phase has ended some residents have difficulty with: changes in routine, fitting into established social groups, giving up driving, downsizing to an apartment, giving up pets, and communal living. In addition, senior's lives can experience sudden change such as: death of a family member, spouse, or a decline in health. As a result, seniors may suddenly or gradually experience feelings of depression, loneliness, apathy, and begin to withdraw.

In addition, many residents bring with them mild to moderate mental health issues that can impact the resident's adjustment as well as cause conflict with other residents and staff.

A recent study revealed 62.5% of elders living in retirement communities experienced levels of depression, and 42.6% experienced levels of loneliness, and yet shockingly, sixty-two percent (62%) stated they would unlikely to very unlikely tell the staff about their decline in mood
(Spohn, 2010).

Working within residential communities, the Senior Retirement Project provides residents and staff with:

Licensed Mental Health Counseling
Private on-site mental health counseling for identified and self-referring residents.
(Note: Using a state-licensed counselor to deliver resident counseling services helps protect organizations should a staff member's well-intended conversation with a resident or family member be misinterpreted as professional advice or counseling).

Extended Adjustment Counseling
Discreet and private adjustment counseling for individuals or couples having trouble fitting-in with established social groups and community living.

Resident Mini-Lectures (Positive Psychology related topics)
A variety of mini-lectures on topics that apply to community living, health, and positive psychology.

Staff In-service Trainings
Provide staff with relevant in-service trainings on a variety of topics that relate to caring for seniors and older-adult behavior.

Staff Counseling (resident related)
Counseling for resident related issues such as: death of a beloved resident, conflict issues, and understanding and coping with generational differences.

Conflict Resolution
Facilitate group complaints

Consumer Behavior Marketing
Using bio-psychosocial marketing techniques, we consult with your marketing team to
align with seniors psychosocial needs and behaviors.

In addition, the Senior Retirement Project offers retirement communities in-depth research analysis.

Every retirement community has its own "culture". In other words, there are overt and covert behaviors and attitudes demonstrated by residents and staff that set the tone within the community. These subtle behaviors can be seen in activity attendance, dining room socialization, event attendance, and community relations. The goal of the research is to help communities determine what is working well, as well as, troubleshoot issues within their community, target specific resident or staff problems, and provide the statistical data to design or revamp psychosocial programs.

Benefits to Retirement Communities:

1. Our organization uses only state-licensed mental health providers.

2. On-site counseling services reduce travel arrangement costs.

3. Allows nursing staff to refer psychosocial issues to a licensed provider.

4. Bio-psychosocial marketing techniques align with seniors needs and behaviors.

5. Reduces the need to hire additional staff or increase hours to meet residents mental health needs.

6. Reduces lag time between observation and service to residents.

7. Statistical research explores and reveals current or underlying resident or staff issues.

8. Enhanced program development or restructuring based on research outcomes.

9. Research results deliver evidence-based data for grant proposals to improve the lives of Seniors.