Hearts Vs. Minds In Assisted Living

Author: Robin Avery | | Categories: Care Home , Personal Care , Senior Living


When you start your search for assisted living for your aging loved one, you’re likely looking for a situation where they will be safe, well cared for, and happy for the rest of their life. However, choosing an assisted living facility can be an emotional decision, not to mention a consequential one. Even when you’re realistic about the need to find an assisted living facility, making the best match can be challenging.

As experts in retirement, assisted living, and home care, we at The Retreat at Church Ranch believe that assisted living is a business of hearts and minds. Good hearts and great minds are both necessary to provide quality care to your loved ones. Read on to find out why!


Caregiving takes heart because of the intimacy and relationships that are created between the caregiver and the resident. It is in the hearts of the caregivers that the impetus to provide loving and high-quality care is found. A sensitive and open heart allows for the empathy necessary to truly connect with the human being under their care. This human being is much like the caregiver, although older. They’ve experienced love, anger, joy, and sorrow. They’ve worked hard, given much, and find themselves at the end of their lives. The connection between their primary caregivers and their day-to-day happiness and fulfillment is of utmost importance.

Through heartfelt care, trust is established, and through trust, there can be a sense of relaxation and time to find purpose and meaning free of fear. A warm and open heart is a tender, communicative and selfless orientation to the community and the team of caregivers. An assisted living community filled with warm and open hearts immediately feels great and different from typical communities. Open hearts make the residents happier as well as the staff and management. And a happy community is a healthy community.


As important as the heart of the caregiver is, their mind also plays a significant role in the task of providing the best care possible. Caregiving requires keen observation skills that are honed through experience. Preventing worsening health is possible only with sharp mental abilities that pay attention to subtle changes in the residences’ behaviors, moods, and complaints. Attention to detail and the ability to read and understand complex medication and medical information all come into play when caring for the elderly.

A sharp mind is usually joined with sharp memories, which can be very helpful in providing consistent care on a day-to-day basis. An alert mind is able to provide attention to detail, which is an important component of high-quality care. Similarly, a strong mind is ever-present and is highly valued as it brings with it a sound judgment that leads to excellent decision-making.

All our residents are served best by caregivers and management that demonstrate both warm hearts and sharp minds. The business of assisted living is human-oriented, as that is whom we care for. To care for humans, we must be great human beings ourselves. And, we believe that it is hearts and minds combined that make up wonderful human beings.

If you are looking for a retirement, assisted living, or care home in Westminster, then reach out to us at The Retreat at Church Ranch. Our staff provides continuous protective oversight as well as assists with medication administration, bathing, personal care, and dressing. Housekeeping and laundry are provided weekly. Three delicious meals are included, along with snacks throughout the day. Cable and internet are provided in all rooms, and transportation to scheduled activities are also made available. In the absence of family, we can even provide extra support that includes pharmacy and physician coordination. Our services include assisting with medication administration, assisting with bathing and dressing, personal care, housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, transportation services, and daily activities. We have residents in our assisted living community from across Westminster, Arvada, Broomfield, Boulder, Longmont, Erie, Thornton, Denver, Louisville, and the surrounding areas. For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about assisted living, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us here.