If you have an aging parent or loved one, you may be considering what their senior care will look like going forward. Perhaps your loved one is starting to struggle with activities of daily living like bathing or dressing, or maybe they’re feeling more socially isolated than usual.
Even if your relative is not forthcoming about their struggles, there are some key signs that might suggest it’s time to look into senior care. For example, your loved one may be losing weight or leaving finances and bills unmanaged, or they might have unexplained bruises.
Moving a relative to assisted living can feel like a big decision, and you might not know how to approach the subject with your parent or loved one. It’s a common misconception that moving to senior care means losing independence. In reality, assisted living is usually a positive and empowering experience for seniors and family caregivers alike.
Here are 7 of the best benefits of assisted living senior care.
- Round the Clock Personalized Care. One of the most common reasons seniors move to elder care is for assistance with activities of daily living like bathing, eating, getting dressed and using the bathroom. During the transition to assisted living, a thorough care plan will be devised to suit a senior’s unique needs. This care plan can be regularly reviewed and updated as needed to ensure their ongoing care remains appropriate. Assisted living caregivers are highly trained in providing the compassionate care senior residents deserve, and staff are on-site 24/7 to offer consistent support.
- Independent Living. A key benefit of assisted living is that seniors are able to remain independent – perhaps even more so than when they lived alone. In assisted living senior care communities, residents can rent a room or stylish apartment built with consideration for the needs of seniors. With specially adapted facilities, seniors may feel more confident in their ability to complete activities of daily living independently than they did in their own home. Assisted living in Texas offers the best of both worlds, allowing for just the right level of care to empower a more independent lifestyle.
- Excellent Nutrition. Elder care communities typically serve three meals and snacks for residents each day in a communal dining area. These meals are prepared by expert chefs, with menus tailored to meet the nutritional needs of seniors and personal tastes of residents. With delicious food served daily, seniors no longer need to worry about grocery shopping, preparing and cooking meals, or tidying up afterwards.
- Enhanced Social Life. Many seniors find that as they get older, their social life begins to suffer – and it can happen for a whole host of reasons. For example, if a senior lives alone and has mobility issues, they might struggle to get out of the house to meet up with friends like they used to. Alternatively (or simultaneously), they may be dealing with the loss of a spouse, siblings or close friends. Moving to an elder care community can be a great help for seniors struggling with loneliness. With communal spaces and new neighbors and caregivers to meet, senior care communities can offer the vital social support many seniors find themselves without.
- Time for Hobbies and Interests. Daily errands like housekeeping and cooking often become more difficult and time-consuming with age. In assisted living, these tasks can be taken care of, leaving residents able to enjoy their free time in retirement. In the extra time gained, seniors are able to socialize, explore the grounds, connect with loved ones, or even pick up new hobbies. Most assisted living communities offer a range of activities, groups and events for residents to get involved in. These may include physical activities like aerobics or dancing, spiritual groups, or creative pursuits like arts, crafts and music. From the comfort and safety of their own home, seniors are once again able to engage in the activities they love each day.
- Security and Safety Measures. Most elder care communities have staff on-site around the clock to deal with emergencies and provide continuing personal care for residents. What’s more, senior care communities often also have locked entrances and security cameras to maintain resident safety and provide family caregivers with the peace of mind they deserve. Look out for elder care facilities with high staff to resident ratios and clear procedures in place for fall prevention and emergencies.
- Peace of Mind and Support for Caregivers. When a senior moves to an elder care community, family caregivers get the valuable peace of mind they need. Loved ones can sleep easy knowing their aging relative has access to round-the-clock personalized care and opportunities to socialize, engage in activities and live independently. Vitally, family caregivers are granted the free time to truly enjoy visits with their senior parent or relative, free from the demands of providing care alone. A senior care community can also become a valuable support network for families, allowing the relatives of aging seniors to form connections with others facing similar challenges.
If you’re interested in further exploring how assisted living can benefit the whole family, get in touch today to arrange a personalized tour of our community.