4 Reasons Older Adults Thrive in Assisted Living
When Shelly recently called me, she was struggling with how to help her mom, Linda. Linda had been widowed for just under a year and was struggling with her daily routines without the love of her life. She wasn’t sleeping well, had lost weight, and was calling her daughter often just to check in. We spent some time talking on the phone, and I asked Shelly questions to get to know their situation better. It became clear quickly that between Linda’s recent loss of her husband of 40+ years, physical decline, and loneliness, she was a perfect candidate for an assisted living community. I explained to Shelly that there were four reasons why her mom would thrive in an assisted living community.
Safety- Assisted living communities are designed with safety in mind, providing a secure environment where seniors can live independently while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. These communities are equipped with features such as emergency call systems, handrails, and wheelchair accessibility, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring that help is readily available when needed. Additionally, trained staff members are on hand 24/7 to monitor residents' safety and provide assistance with tasks such as medication management and mobility, offering peace of mind to both seniors and their families.
Social Interaction- Loneliness and isolation can have a significant impact on seniors' mental and emotional well-being. Assisted living communities offer opportunities for social interaction and engagement, fostering a sense of community among residents. From organized activities and group outings to communal dining areas and shared living spaces, seniors have ample opportunities to connect with their peers, make new friends, and participate in meaningful social interactions. These social connections not only combat feelings of loneliness but also promote mental stimulation and emotional support, enhancing seniors' overall quality of life.
Proper Nutrition- Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for seniors' physical health and well-being. Assisted living communities offer nutritious meals and snacks tailored to residents' dietary needs and preferences. Professional chefs and nutritionists work together to create balanced and flavorful menus that provide essential nutrients while accommodating individual dietary restrictions and preferences. Malnutrition and unintentional weight loss contribute to progressive decline in health, reduced physical and cognitive functional status, and increased utilization of health care services.
Health and Wellness Programs- Assisted living communities often offer a range of health and wellness programs designed to promote seniors' physical, mental, and emotional well-being. These programs may include exercise classes, wellness workshops, health screenings, and therapy services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. By participating in these programs, seniors can maintain or improve their physical function, cognitive abilities, and emotional resilience, enhancing their overall quality of life and independence. Additionally, access to healthcare services and support from trained professionals ensures that seniors receive the personalized care and attention they need to stay as healthy and happy as possible, for as long as possible. After explaining all the things that would be put in place to support her mom, she was ready to begin the process. I was able to narrow down the search to a few of the Assisted Livings that would best fit Linda’s needs and I went with Linda and Shelly to tour communities. Working with me as their Certified Senior Advisor, I was able to help them ask questions they didn’t know to ask and assisted them in making the decision on which Assisted Living was going to be the best fit for Linda. She has been at her new home for over three months, she has put some weight back on, met new friends, and found things that keeps her busy and helps with the pain from losing her husband. Shelly now has peace of mind knowing that her mom is in a safe environment and all of her needs are being met.
At CarePatrol, our job is to help you navigate these situations and to find the care solution best suited for your family. We understand what you are going through, and no one is better at helping seniors and their families deal with the realities of aging than CarePatrol. If Linda and Shelly’s experience sounds familiar and you’d like more information, we would love the opportunity to help your family too, please give us a call.
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You can reach Lacie Petsch, CSA at (512)337-3235