The Benefits of an Assisted Living Facility
As our loved ones age, their care can become a bigger concern on a daily basis. For seniors who don’t require constant supervision, but need help for particular tasks, an assisted living facility may be the answer. Caretakers are available to assist with medications, food preparation, bathing, dressing, housekeeping and coordinating schedules and time with loved ones. The benefits for both the senior and his family are plentiful and important.
For some families, at-home care isn’t the best option. In a busy household with multiple priorities, the needs of the aging family member may not be properly met. In cases where they are, the burden to the family can be difficult to shoulder. The compromise of an assisted living facility allows independent interaction with the family on a schedule that works for both parties, without the stress of constantly providing care. Although you’ll likely continue to provide care while your loved one is visiting you, or even when you’re visiting his new home, this will be a welcome moment of love rather than an obligation.
An assisted living facility allows a level of independence for the senior that he may crave as he ages. Depending upon family for simple tasks can be humiliating and make him feel like a burden. Help from a professional is welcomed and necessary, but does not make your loved one feel marginalized. Often times this can result in a better relationship as he ages and your interactions can continue to be positive and loving.
The community aspect of these facilities is a welcome change from the isolation felt for an aging parent who may be living alone. In an assisted living environment there are dozens if not hundreds of other seniors going through similar struggles with whom your loved one can interact. The camaraderie, support and friendship found through these interactions can drastically change the quality of life for residents.
It’s rarely easy to decide, or help to decide, where a loved one will live as he ages. Depending upon health concerns, other family circumstances and the abilities of the individual, different options may come up on top. Whatever you decide is the right choice for your family member, knowing his capabilities and those of your family are important to making the very best choice. An assisted living facility can provide a solution that eases stress for everyone involved. For more information about the assisted living in Santa Cruz, visit this website.
Emily advises people on health and senior care. You can find her thoughts at senior care blog on Tumblr.