Your senior loved one may be resistant to the idea of entering assisted living. After all, they’ve cared for themselves all this time and might not see the need to transition to a higher level of care. They may be surprised to learn just how helpful assisted living can actually be for them.
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As your family members grow older and require more and more care, you may not be equipped to provide them with the time and attention they need. Even relatively independent seniors will need help with some daily activities. Fortunately, assisted living facilities are specifically designed to provide the level of care your elderly loved ones require without making them feel completely helpless. Here are a few ways your family member could benefit from entering assisted living.
Maintaining an active mind will help your loved one stay independent and mentally sound as they age. Assisted living facilities recognize this and offer plenty of activities, such as crafts or games, to exercise residents’ minds. Your loved ones will receive all the help they need to keep their minds active. The facility also offers memory care, in-depth intellectual stimulation designed to help delay or offset the effects of dementia.
Assisted living is based on a philosophy of making help available but allowing residents to maintain a sense of independence. Not only does this maintain your loved one’s dignity, but it also helps immensely with their self-esteem to know they can still care for themselves. Don’t worry about overexertion either– the staff is always ready to step in if your loved one truly needs their help.
As people age, health becomes an ever-present concern and focus. Fortunately, assisted living facilities can help them continue their progress. Staff members are trained to provide any required healthcare, and many facilities offer regular on-site doctor visits and checkups. Your loved ones can continue caring for their health in assisted living.
Pro Tip: Food is a major component of senior health. Talk to the facility managers about your loved one’s dietary restrictions or preferences to help them maintain a healthy diet.
As age restricts a person’s mobility and independence, their social life often suffers. In an assisted living community, however, help from nursing staff and easily accessible special events allow your senior loved one’s social life to thrive. They’ll have countless opportunities to spend time with their peers and keep their minds occupied. Additionally, the community will welcome visitation from family or friends.
A High Quality of Life
It can be difficult to admit that you’re unable to provide the care your aging loved one requires. As you make the decision, don’t feel like you’re abandoning your family member in a facility. In assisted living, your elderly loved one will receive the care they need and deserve, and will be able to thrive in their new environment.
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