You may have a loved one who is aging and needs more assistance with daily living than you’re able to provide. This season of life can be difficult and confusing both for the individual and for family members. For seniors still able to retain some level of independence, assisted living is a great way to make sure they get the care they need and the dignity they deserve.
Your Assisted Living Team
It takes a team of compassionate individuals to provide your senior loved one with the best care and highest quality of life possible. Every member of the team plays a vital role and the team is strongest when all members work together on behalf of your loved one. Get to know the following 3 groups of team members:
1) Medical Team
The medical team includes the doctors, nurses, and specialists who interact with your senior loved one. This team is licensed or certified and trained to make major medical decisions and provide skilled medical care. They also monitor the health of your loved one, provide preventive care, and prescribe and monitor all medication. They may be on staff at the facility or work for a third party.
Caregivers are non-certified professionals trained and skilled in administering non-medical care. They help elderly and disabled patients perform common acts of daily living as well as housekeeping, laundry, cooking, etc. There are no educational or certification requirements to be a caregiver.
3) Family Members
Family plays a vital role in the well being of elderly individuals. We, as humans, have a deep need for relationship and connection. No one likes to always be alone. For many seniors, aging can be difficult and confusing. You begin to lose control of your body, choices, and daily schedule. He or she needs your love and support- your time.
You can significantly ease their stress, confusion, and anxiety. Furthermore, the medical team and caregivers don’t know your senior loved one like you do. Your insight and personal knowledge of who they were will prove invaluable to the team.
Dignity and Care
Losing control of your body, schedule, and health is confusing and scary for many who are elderly. For those who do not yet need total care, an assisted living facility provides the daily assistance they need while retaining as much independence as possible. It gives them the best care they need and the dignity they deserve. Dear family member, you are a vital part of the assisted living team! They need you- your love, support, conversation and time. Help us give them the best quality of life possible for their remaining years.
If you have a loved one who you think may benefit from assisted living, we would love the opportunity to talk with you. Contact Us for more information on our assisted living communities or for a tour of one of our cottages.