As people get older, it becomes more and more likely that they'll need help with their day-to-day lives. Yet, seniors today often are active and independent. Many seniors hate the idea of giving up their private homes and moving into a nursing home, because they feel that they will lose their independence. However, an assisted care facility isn't the same thing as a nursing home: you only receive the care you need when you need it. Many social and recreational activities are available, and living in an assisted care facility can be much more enjoyable than living alone, worried that something may go wrong and help will be unavailable.
"I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up"
This phrase sums up the fears of many seniors who live alone: that they will have some kind of emergency, medical or otherwise, and not be able to summon help. This is a legitimate concern, and not having help nearby can cause great anxiety and affect quality of life. A senior in an assisted living facility has no such worries. The staff is right there to provide any needed assistance, from helping with mobility issues, to nursing care, to emergency medical transport.
Having Someone Else Take Care of the Necessities
When you're in an assisted living facility, someone else does the laundry and makes your bed. Your meals are cooked and served for you. You don't have to clean your room; that's done for you. It can be like staying in a nice hotel! Let's face it, seniors have been taking care of themselves and others for most of their lives. Isn't it time they got a break from the routine chores of everyday life? Having someone else do the busywork frees up time for socializing, writing letters and emails, reading, or just relaxing.
Fun Things to Do
Seniors in an assisted living facility have many social and recreational options:
- Card and board games
- Bingo games
- Music, singalongs
- Trips to local restaurants
- Senior bowling leagues
- Movie nights
- Special meals
Also, there are many opportunities to socialize with other residents of the facility. It can be a surprising boost to quality of life just to have other people to talk to. This doesn't come at the expense of your privacy, though. You can preserve your independence but also take advantage of social opportunities; you can take care of yourself but there's always someone nearby if you need help. It's really the best of both worlds.
Contact an assisted living facility near you today for more information. It may be just what you need at this stage of your life.