You may be visiting our website if you have an aging loved one with physical and cognitive deficits. While you may be able to care for your elderly loved one at home, you may not have the clinical skills nor financial resources to do so. Our blog posts reveal the physical and cognitive benefits of nursing home and assisted living placement. Your questions and concerns regarding physical, occupational, and speech therapies are addressed here, as well as your concerns about nutritional interventions and social activities offered in nursing homes. After reading our helpful posts, you'll feel more confident in making the right long-term care choice for your senior loved one.
Making the choice to send your elderly loved one, as a parent or not, to an assisted living facility isn't the easiest thing to do. However, there comes a time when it's the best thing you can do for your loved one. If your loved one has gone through or is going through one or more of these problems, it's time to start looking into assisted living facilities.
Falls are dangerous for everyone, but they're particularly hazardous for elderly people. Not only do elderly folks tend to have weaker or more brittle bones which can break in a fall, but they're also more likely to be unable to get themselves back up again.
Furthermore, the likelihood of an elderly person falling again after experiencing just one fall actually rises dramatically instead of increasing or staying the same. So even if you think it was just a single incident, if you let your loved one live at home alone, you may find in the near future that isn't the case.
Assisted living facilities help to prevent falls by assisting and monitoring elders' actions while under their care. From going to the bathroom to exercising, your loved one will be watched over and supported.
One big problem that elders tend to have is forgetting to take their medication. This may not seem like such a big deal, but it absolutely can be depending on what your loved one is taking.
For example, if they take medication for diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, emphysema, or even a heart condition, forgetting to take their medication can be extremely dangerous. This problem gets even worse if your loved one copes by doubling up their medication to make up for it, or forgetting that they've already had a dose.
This is usually avoided entirely at assisted living facilities because the staff will handle providing your loved one with their medication whenever they need it, or on a set schedule, depending on the type of medicine.
Finally, many elders tend to experience extreme depression in their elder years because they're isolated at home. Going outside, being social, and visiting with family members isn't as easy in old age as it is when you're young. As a result, your loved one may be feeling extremely lonely and depressed. While visiting more often can help with this, it can't substitute having an active social life with multiple people.
Assisted living facilities offer social activities for elders to participate in, and the opportunity to make friends with people their same age. And of course, visitors are also welcome, so they won't be seeing any less of you.
Assisted living is the right choice for many elderly people. If you're concerned about your loved one, it's time to start looking into reputable assisted living facilities.