It takes a lot of dedication to choose an assisted living community for your elderly relative. Finding a new home for a loved one is important, but because of the multiple factors involved, it is often a difficult decision to make. For instance, while the location is always a big part of moving, there are also things to consider such as the quality of care they need and deserve. Often, there are things that you just won’t be told about during the initial visit.
With that in mind, here are a few things about assisted living that you may not be aware of but that you should know to help you through the process.
What Is Assisted Living
The ecosystem provided by assisted living promotes and maintains interaction with family and the community while allowing residents to maintain as much independence as possible. A community for assisted living, sometimes referred to as senior housing, adult home care, or senior care communities, are appropriate for those who only require the most basic personal care. Assisted living communities offer services for managing and administering medications, although they normally don't provide direct daily medical care.
Helping Them To Stay Active
While knowledge is power, an active lifestyle and hobbies are equally essential to a happy life. Seniors can join in a variety of exercise activities, such as yoga and tai chi, to improve their physical and mental well-being and, of course, to have fun.
Additionally, there could be karaoke, open-mic nights, culinary workshops, pottery and painting lessons, and a ton of other things. In collaboration with local organizations, assisted living homes often offer volunteer activities like raking up leaves or walking dogs.
Providing Security and Safety
Safety is one of the main concerns when you're taking care of your loved one. When driving becomes hazardous or when you are concerned for their safety when they are home alone, it is time to start considering assisted living options.
Most facilities foster a safety-focused culture that is reflected in everything from their staff-to-patient ratio, respect for policies, certification, and skills, to a facility design that prevents falls, emergency preparation plans, secure access, and more.
Many homes also include security systems that may call for emergency assistance and more attentive care and surveillance, especially for residents in memory care communities.
An Improvement In Their Quality Of Life
As senior family members become older, they have less valuable time with their loved ones. You want to make sure that they're enjoying their best life, regardless if they have a few months or many years to live.
All of this leads to a better quality of life. Assisted living could be a wonderful option if your work and other commitments prevent you from being with your loved ones all the time. The improved quality of life that your older loved one truly deserves is made possible by seeing to it that their requirements are satisfied.
Not To Be Confused With Nursing Homes
An assisted living community is not the same as a nursing home since they each have different amenities, fees, and medical requirements. For instance, while both provide 24-hour care, the level of attention depends on the community and the patient's needs.
While nursing homes operate primarily on a medical basis, providing services for people who have severe physical and mental disabilities, assisted living includes monitoring and support with activities of daily living (ADLs), medication supervision, and transportation.
Even if the goal is to avoid or delay such placement, assisted living is frequently used as a bridge to nursing homes, if or when they may be required in the future.