Many of us have parents who have lived their busy lives and who are now looking forward to the “golden years.” But the fact is that aging often comes with physical disabilities and a loss of mental acuity that make enjoying life more difficult. Fortunately, in today’s world, there are options for aging seniors to live active, socially connected lives in a safe environment for a wonderful quality of life.
Remain at Home, or Move to an Assisted Living?
Aging at home is an option for seniors who can manage independent living. Enlisting the help of a home health caregiver to help with chores, transportation, meals, and bathing may be all they need. But for some, an assisted living facility can have many advantages that improve your loved one’s quality of life. When safety, loneliness and a lack of activity become a concern, it is time to look into an assisted living. A caregiver can accompany your loved one to provide individualized attention and give you additional peace of mind.
Consider these advantages of an assisted living facility that can improve your loved one’s quality of life.
Safety First: If you have been managing or providing care for your loved one, you know that safety is a primary consideration. Leaving your aging parent at home where the environment may not be ideal can become a difficult choice. At an assisted living facility, your loved one will have the physical accommodations necessary for his or her needs. Supervision and medical help in the event of a fall or an accident is available 24/7.
Help with Activities of Daily Living: An assisted living facility will help with Activities of Daily Life (ADL’s) that become difficult for your aging parent to perform independently. Seniors may need help with routine daily tasks like bathing, personal hygiene, grooming, dressing and undressing, and using the bathroom. As they age they may also need help preparing meals and getting in and out of bed. An assisted living facility will give your loved one the option of assistance in these areas.
Staying Connected: Living independently can get lonely when leaving the house for social activities becomes difficult. Assisted living facilities have social directors who arrange for age appropriate activities every day. At an assisted living facility, seniors spend time with others and participate in a calendar of social events on site. Your loved one will have the option of participating with the group, joining a card game or just chatting with familiar neighbors and friends on a daily basis.
Physical Wellness: Medical professionals tell you that staying fit is important for everyone, including senior citizens. Moving to an assisted living facility can offer the opportunity to participate in physical activities like dancing, tai chi, and exercise classes. The doctor can provide guidelines regarding which cardio exercises, strength training and flexibility exercises are safe for your aging parent.
Carefree Living: Residents at an assisted living will no longer have the responsibility of housekeeping chores required when living alone. The facility provides help with housework such as cooking, cleaning and laundry, leaving your aging parent free to enjoy life with others for an improved quality of life.
Hiring a Caregiver
When you need a healthcare companion to accompany your loved one to an assisted living facility, contact Home Helpers of South Shore at 781-585-1244. Learn about the support we provide to make your life easier and improve your loved one’s quality of life.
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Abington , Braintree , Brockton , Buzzards Bay , Carver , Cohasset, Dighton , Duxbury , Falmouth , Halifax , Hanson , Hingham , Holbrook , Hull , Humarock , Kingston , Lakeville , Marshfield , Mashpee , Middleboro , Norwell , Pembroke , Plymouth , Plympton , Quincy , Randolph , Rockland , Sandwich , Scituate , Taunton , Wareham , Weymouth , Whitman