The idea of assisted living is something that
might be a little bit frightening for elderly adults and the children that are
taking care of them. However, for many seniors, an assisted living facility is
actually one of the most beneficial and nurturing environments out there.
That’s because assisted living facilities are designed
with senior’s health and happiness in mind. Giving up the
home a senior has likely lived in is definitely scary, and the idea of asking a
parent to move can be as well, but in the long run, there are many reasons why
assisted living is actually healthier for elderly adults.
Even if your parent has the best doctors in
the world outside of an assisted living facility, the health care that’s
provided for seniors in quality facilities is better for one reason – it’s
always there when your parent needs it.
It might be tough to think about, but as
parent’s age, health problems tend to creep up. In emergency situations, you
want your parent to be able to receive
the care that they need right away.
You also want your parent to be around
trained staff members who can spot health problems, allowing your parent to get
the care they need even before something goes wrong.
Many seniors are no longer able to cook for
themselves for physical or safety reasons, which can lead to a lack of healthy,
freshly prepared food in their life. Unfortunately, even if you prepare meals
for your parent on a regular basis, it’s just not possible for most family
members to prepare three meals per day and healthy snacks for seniors.
However, that’s something that assisted living
facilities can do. Quality facilities also
have trained professionals on staff that understand the type of nutrition that
seniors need in order to stay healthy and live as active of a lifestyle
that they can.
In assisted living facilities, seniors also
get to eat meals with other people their own age. Social interaction during
meals is something many seniors miss, and that can be harmful. After all,
social interaction actually helps aid in the food digestion, and on an
emotional level, eating with other people has been something humans have done
pretty much since the beginning of time!
While family members that care for elderly
parents in their homes certainly spend quality time with them, there’s really
no replacement for friendship and companionship with adults their own age.
Adults of the same age share common experiences and values, and simply being
around people who have lived through the same things and have similar
viewpoints makes a huge difference in an elderly adults life.
When seniors move into assisted living
facilities that’s one of the biggest features. Seniors can eat meals, do activities and simply have
conversations with people their own age, many of which will likely become dear
friends and companions in a very short time.
The idea of assisted living can be
frightening for seniors and their kids, but taking time to explore the
possibilities can show you how truly beneficial it can be. Seniors can live
happier, healthier lives in assisted facilities.
If you think assisted living is right for
your parent or parents don’t be afraid to talk
about the idea.
Thank you Virginia for your wonderful guest post!
Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer in Southern California. She has experienced having to discuss assisted living with others before, and knows what a great option it is. As a health writer, she contributes to the Presidio Home Care blog.