When you think of moving a dear family member to an assisted living community, you may not be fully aware of all the benefits such a decision offers. The benefits usually become more apparent when the senior has actually lived in the community for a while. Moving from a present living situation to a different one comes with its share of trade-offs. It has been seen that quite a few seniors tend to wait longer than they really should to make a move. But once they’ve settled in, they fully understand and appreciate the support and services offered at the community.
Added Sense of Security + Healthcare
One of the biggest benefits is the added sense of security that 24/7 staffing brings – health emergencies are addressed immediately and caregiving staff is always at hand to promote wellness. Our Pleasant Hill, California, communities, for instance, provide individualized personal care and medication management. Onsite hospice care and physical therapy are other programs that are part of the care routine available to all residents.
Seniors certainly don’t want to deal with the daily hassles of housekeeping. In fact, yard work, vacuuming, cleaning the refrigerator are tasks that even the younger generation tries to avoid as much as it can! At assisted living communities, residents can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the light bulbs will be changed, the bed will be made and the floors will be dust-free. Housekeeping service takes a big load off the shoulders, and is welcome regardless of how energetic or young at heart seniors may actually feel!
Restoring Family Roles
Restoration of family roles is a powerful benefit of assisted living. A spouse who has been a diligent nurse/caregiver to her husband can revert to being a wife again. A father who has been dividing his time between his children and caring for his ailing parents can go back to being a hands-on dad. Families that are feeling the stress of changing plans or maintaining schedules that allow them to care for aged parents can be relieved of their duties. Advocating for parents while allowing trained, professional staff to carry out what they do best, is one of biggest benefits of assisted living communities.
Transportation facilities have come to be an integral part of the services offered at senior living communities. Residents can rest assured that they will be driven to doctors’ appointments on time. The issues of maintaining a vehicle, gas costs, insurance or even risky night-time driving, don’t come into the picture.
Assisted living communities offer a choice of meals and delicious menus to keep things interesting enough for seniors to look forward to lunch and dinner!