Why Senior Assisted Living is the Best Answer in Retirement
For senior citizens, an assisted living community can offer a better quality of life, social life, and wellness than living in their own homes.
Here’s a look at why.
Social Life for Seniors
Today, baby boomers are retiring in record numbers. For many of us, our parents are included in this group, meaning that sooner rather than later we’ll have to consider how to take care of their changing health needs. At the same time, many of our parents will issue this one huge request: “Please don’t put me in a home.”
Of course, this leaves us with a huge problem. As mom and dad begin to need more and more help with their daily care, it can put serious strain on family relationships and caregivers. This is when assisted living may become the answer that fits everyone’s needs. It keeps your parents out of “a home,” while you can rest assured that they are well taken care of.
Senior Assisted Living vs. Home Care
In an assisted living community with 24-access to personal care, as well as wellness services and nutrition designed especially for older adults, senior citizens can thrive. They’ll enjoy the support, security, and social contact they need, while retaining their independence.
Senior assisted living is the perfect intermediate step for seniors who require more help than can be provided at home, but don’t necessarily need the 24/7 medical care they would receive in a skilled nursing facility.
Here are eight reasons to consider senior assisted living for the quality of life and health of your loved ones.
1. They offer a safe environment. Assisted living facilities are designed specifically to offer accessibility and mobility, which helps prevent accidents and falls, yet they also quick help in the event of an accident. For seniors living at home, costly modifications may need to be made if their physical health begins to decline. Two examples are the addition of a medical alert system and shower railings.
2. They provide access to physical fitness opportunities. Many assisted living communities offer the latest gym equipment, personal trainers well versed in the specific needs of older adults, and even exercise classes, such as Zumba and yoga. This goes well beyond the physical fitness opportunities they would have living at home.
3. Transportation and housekeeping needs are taken care of. The responsibilities of daily life, including house cleaning, landscaping, and getting to various appointments can become a huge burden for the caregivers of older adults living at home. An assisted living facility takes care of almost all these needs. Typically, upkeep and housekeeping is included in the monthly rent and many facilities offer transportation services.
4. There are plenty of chances for social activity. For seniors, especially those who live alone, living in their own home can be very isolating. In assisted living, socializing is easy. Not only are there common areas, but they also frequently host planned activities, including cultural events, dancing, and field trips.
5. They offer help with activities of daily living (ADLs). When seniors live at home, their family caregivers often take on the responsibility of assisting with their ADLs, including bathing, eating, and dressing. In other instances, the family chooses to hire a home health aide to come in and provide these services. Either of these options can result in personal and financial strain. In an assisted living community, helping older adults with their ADLs in a basic tenet. This allows them to get the help they need, while maintaining as much independence as possible.
6. They supervise nutrition. When seniors are living at home, it can be almost impossible to manage their nutrition. They may not have any desire to cook and family caregivers may not have the time to come over day after day to ensure they are eating a healthy diet. Assisted living communities feed residents three meals a day tailored to their specific health needs.
7. They provide intellectual stimulation. Assisted living communities frequently offer all types of learning activities, ranging from computer and art classes to book clubs. It’s not unusual for facilities to offer guest lectures from visiting professionals and scholars. In some cases, when a facility is near a college, residents may be able to take advantage of campus resources, including cultural events and courses.
8. Independence. For most seniors, being able to maintain their independence, while still getting a little bit of extra help now and then, is the biggest reward they gain from assisted living. Meanwhile, families appreciate knowing their loved ones are well taken care of. Not only does this reduce everyone’s stress and improve family relationships, but it also allows adult children to spend meaningful quality time with their aging parents.