How Assisted Living Can Improve the Lives of Seniors
When it comes to improving the lives of our senior loved ones, assisted living facilities can boost the quality of life and living standards in so many ways…both big and small. Assisted living not only benefits seniors, but it helps to improve the quality of life for their families as well by offering the peace of mind that their loved ones are well cared for in a safe environment.
Senior care facilities provide everything from social events that encourage the elderly to stay active within social environments to helping manage medications, while also providing a safe and secure environment and a wide variety of other amenities that help to support their physical and mental wellbeing.
We’ve listed below some of the top ways Assisted Living improves the lives of seniors.
– Assistance and Support with Daily Tasks
Day to day activities and tasks can become difficult for seniors, and many of those daily chores are taken care of at an assisted living facility. Seniors are provided with three meals a day to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition they need. All special dietary needs are prepared to meet specifications set forth by a dietitian. Laundry service and light housekeeping is provided to ensure seniors are thriving in a healthy and clean environment. Transportation services are also provided as needed.
– Social Functions and Community Activities
Social circles typically begin to shrink as we grow older, leading to much fewer opportunities for socialization. Lack of social interactions and connections with the community can often leave seniors feeling isolated and alone, which can in turn lead to depression. Assisted living facilities provide an instant community for the people who live there and helps them to maintain good social interactions and connections. Providing these opportunities for new friendships and relationships improves the quality of life and helps seniors to thrive.
– Recreational Activities
Recreation and physical activity is also an area where seniors lack motivation. By providing such amenities as a recreation room, computer area, library and outdoor patio gardens, seniors are more inspired to get outside or to spend time doing something other than just sitting alone indoors most of the time. At Highland House, we maintain a monthly calendar full of planned activities and scheduled community outings.
– Help with Managing Medications
Forgetting to take medication happens to everyone from time to time, but this is seen much more frequently with seniors. Medications are a very important part of maintaining good health, so having the peace of mind that your loved one has someone on staff at all times to ensure they’re taking their medicines is top priority. Staff also conducts medication audits from time to time. They will talk with patients to verify they understand what each pill is for, whether or not they understand what time of day or night medications need to be taken, and if medicines are being taken as prescribed.
– Provides a Safe Living Environment
One of the pitfalls of aging is the decrease in agility, stability and coordination. Falls become more common in the elderly, and can have devastating consequences. While some falls may only result in bumps and bruises that only cause a minor inconvenience, others can often result in injuries that are severe or even fatal. Research suggests that the latter can be prevented in a safe living environment in coordination with fall prevention programs and on staff support that is not accessible in a home environment.
Wandering is also an issue, especially with patients who suffer from Alzheimers or Dementia. Having staff on hand 24/7 prevents our senior loved ones from wandering away and getting lost or injured.
As our loved ones age, proper senior care is the most important thing we can do for them. At Highland House Rehabilitation and Healthcare, our mission is to promote an environment of healing and comfort within our communities of assisted living care that is tailored to the unique needs of every resident and patient. We are committed to care for the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of every individual, in a loving, safe and caring environment. Contact us today for more information.