There are tens of thousands of people in the United States alone who will be turning 65 this year. As such, many families may find themselves faced with the question of how to best take care of them when they can no longer take care of themselves.
At some point, even simple tasks like driving or taking a shower can be challenging for older adults. And even though we might have their best interests at heart, it’s not always easy to look after them ourselves.
When we have jobs and families to raise, looking after a senior loved one is a full-time job that not everyone’s schedule can afford. For this reason, many families turn to assisted living. Yet some people may still be on the fence about it. If you’re someone who’s considering assisted living for your loved one, then here are some of the reasons why it might be a great choice.
An assisted living facility has around-the-clock care that ensures your older loved one has assistance at any given moment. If they were to suffer a medical emergency, you know that they’re in good hands. With the right medical equipment and staff on hand 24 hours a day, you can rest assured that your loved one will be safe. Although they might love the idea of continuing to live by themselves, the truth is you never know when they could be in need of help.
One of the leading causes of depression in senior citizens is loneliness. As we get older, we may not have as much motivation or even energy to go out and do the things we once used to love to do. The wonderful thing about assisted living is that your family member will have all the activities they love exactly where they are without having to get in a car.
From cinema nights to bingo, there are all sorts of fun activities planned in assisted living facilities. They can socialize with seniors also living at the assisted living facility and also enjoy visits from family and friends.
Although some seniors may be hesitant about the idea of being “looked after,” there’s something to be said about not having any household chores like laundry, dishes, or cooking. In other words, they can enjoy their golden years with a totally hands-off experience. Instead of having to wash the dishes or worry about mowing the lawn, they can enjoy some of their favorite hobbies or even just take a nap!
Hygiene and Grooming
As seniors get older, hygiene can become more and more of an issue. Seniors may start to neglect themselves by skipping out on things like showers, or even brushing their hair. With caregivers there, you know that your loved ones will not only look their best but feel their best since someone will always be there to help with showers and grooming.