July 15, 2014

Physical and Emotional Benefits of Senior Living

As our loved ones age we are faced with looking at their living situation from a different perspective.  What is safest? Who can assist them with everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, eating and using the bathroom? Where can they socialize and yet have their own personal space?  With more than 40 million people in the U.S. over 65 years old and the the latest census recording the greatest number and proportion of people in the senior age bracket, it is time to start looking at the benefits of senior living options.

Regardless of the level of assisted care you are looking for whether it is: Assisted Living, Adult Day Health or Skilled Nursing – these are healthy and positive choices that benefit the whole family. Here are some of the reasons why:

  1. Safety – Accidents can happen anywhere but Assisted living communities hire trained professionals who work around the clock, so there is always someone there to alert medical professionals. They also offer standard safety equipment such as bars that seniors can grab onto in the shower, ramps and panic call buttons.  These extras can also reduce the possibility of your parent/loved one experiencing an injury due to falling or other incidences. This peace of mind is a benefit that to most family members is priceless.

  2. Personalized Care – Depending upon the care option, professional caregivers can ensure that your family member is getting the support that he or she needs on a personal level. Nurses can assure that medication is received at the proper time and dosage, transportation and reminders for medical appointments will be met, and mobility concerns will be dealt with on a personal, case-by-case basis depending upon the needs of the patient.

  3. Socialization – For seniors who have mobility issues, dementia or chronic health problems, the value of positive socialization can never be underestimated.  Socializing is great for seniors in a lot of ways – it helps them feel less withdrawn and isolated, which will encourage positive thinking, and offers many physical and emotional benefits.

  4. Personal Space and Peace – While senior care options do provide for excellent nursing staff, professional staff and socializing opportunities, they also give each resident their own personal space.  Depending upon the level of care there will be an apartment or room to call their own.  The option to be quiet and private is respected by the staff and professional.

With the help and support of the professional staff you will be able to give your loved one independence and a high quality of life while ensuring that they get any assistance they may need.  Look into the care options that could benefit your loved one at Aviv Centers for Living.