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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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3 Positive Things That Happen When They Move To An Assisted Living Community

Many seniors have lived the majority of their lives with other people in the house. Once your parent loses a spouse or gets divorced, they might discover that living alone is hard. After all, seniors thrive on having social support, and your parent may be facing health challenges that make it difficult to manage their daily needs alone. Watching as your loved one's physical or mental health deteriorates is painful, but you can turn things around by helping them to enjoy the benefits of joining an assisted living community.

Watch Their Self-Confidence Soar

Seniors often develop anxiety as they watch their abilities change. You parent may worry about getting hurt when they are home alone and unable to reach out for help. If your parent struggles with memory loss, then they might be afraid to cook for fear of setting the house on fire. Knowing that they live within a community that supports their needs provides them with a greater sense of confidence as they go about their daily routine. Since these communities are designed with safety in mind, your loved one can live free from fear of things such as break-ins during times when they are alone.

Help Them Cultivate Friendships 

A new group of friends is often all a senior needs to thrive in their golden years. An assisted living community is filled with people who are within your loved one's age range and who have a diverse set of abilities and interests. Being able to talk to other people who understand what they are going through elevates your loved one's mood. Your loved one will also begin to look forward to each new day when they know that there are activities available for them to enjoy with their new friends. Since many of these communities are formed to keep seniors close to their neighbors, your loved one will find it easier to socialize.

See Their Health Improve With Support Services

An assisted living residence typically offers services that help seniors manage life better on their own. These services are designed to promote independence while also keeping seniors safe. Does your loved one worry about falling in the shower? They'll be more likely to maintain their personal hygiene when they know there is someone on call to help them wash and style their hair. Some communities offer meal and transportation services that help seniors eat better and get to their medical appointments. Once your loved one has the right amount of help with their needs, they'll begin to show the effects in their appearance and general sense of vitality.

Look for an assisted living facility in your area to learn more.