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At the beginning of your life, your parents take care of you, but when you reach middle age, the tables turn, and you need to take care of your parents. That can involve helping your parents to find an assisted living facility or a nursing home. To quickly explain, assisted living is independent living with a bit of extra help such as a group lunch room or an emergency alert system in each apartment. A nursing home, in contrast, provides comprehensive care for patients with a wide range of issues from dementia to arthritis. This blog is designed to help you make those tough decisions. It's also going to include posts on home health care, staying in touch with relatives in nursing homes, and more. I wish you the best through this sometimes difficult part of the journey with your parents.

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5 Benefits Of Living In An Assisted Living Facility

As people grow older, many get to the point where they can no longer safely live alone. When this time come, families often decide that moving to a long-term assisted living facility is the best option for their elderly loved one. Luckily, there are many quality long-term assisted living facilities that offer a number of amenities for their residents. Some of the benefits a person can enjoy while living in a long-term assisted living facility include:

Sense of Independence 

A long-term assisted living facility is not the same thing as a nursing home. Many assisted living facilities offer different living options for residents of different abilities and level of independence. A lot of assisted living facilities have small apartments that residents can live in so they can maintain a sense of independence while still having help nearby as needed. If a person needs an higher level of care, they can live in the area of an assisted living community that has nurses on staff.

Housekeeping Services

Daily chores can be difficult for an elderly person to complete. For that reason, a lot of assisted living facilities have regular housekeeping services for their apartments and rooms. This ensures that all residents are able to live in clean conditions. In addition, housekeeping services also typically include taking care of a resident's laundry. 

Freshly Prepared Meals

When a person lives in an assisted living facility, all meals are typically included. This means that residents will be served freshly-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Meals are carefully planned to be nutritious and tasty while appealing to a variety of tastes. Snacks and beverages are also included. The chefs at an assisted living facility can also accommodate special diets, as needed. If you arrange to have your elderly loved one live in an assisted living facility, you can rest assured that he or she will be well-fed. 

Health Monitoring and Health Care

Assisted living facilities understand that elderly citizens have unique health needs which is why they take health care and monitoring seriously. Most assisted living facilities have nurses on staff, as well as an on-call physician that can be consulted as needed. As a resident ages, or if serious health conditions develop, assisted living facilities can provide skilled nursing care and ensure that all medication is administered.

Activities

One big advantage that assisted living facilities have over living alone is the variety of activities that are available each day. Directors at an assisted living facilities arrange a number of different activities to ensure that residents are entertained and have the opportunity to socialize with other residents.