The decision to move your parents or relatives into assisted living is never an easy one. Not only is it a difficult thing for them to accept that they might need more full-time support and care – but it can be a heart-wrenching experience for you too.
But with the baby boomer generation now ageing into their 50s, 60s and 70s, and many of their parents in their 70s, 80s and 90s, there is an increasing need for long term care in our society. Even so, moving your loved ones into assisted living should be a group decision – something that’s discussed in depth and decided on unanimously, rather than forced on anyone. In some cases, you may actually find that your relatives want to move into assisted living proactively, or even to move in early, before they really need it! As a part of their family, you need to be able to understand some of the reasons your relatives might need (or want) to move into an assisted living facility, and some of the positives that can come from that difficult decision. While there are a lot of benefits for elderly people moving into assisted living, we’ve picked out the 4 most common, and most importantly, to share with you.
A New Community
A problem many people come across as they get older is that their close friends start to pass away. The older you get, the fewer of your friends and support networks survive with you, which is one of the reasons that isolation is such a big problem among the elderly. But assisted living can provide your elderly parents and relatives with a new group of people to socialise with, new friends and a new community to be a part of. It’s a place where everyone else there understands what they are going through, whether that’s losing a spouse or living with a serious illness. Assisted living facilities can give your loved a sense of belonging and community that they might have been missing, and could dramatically improve their happiness as a result.
Living on their own in their old age can leave your relatives vulnerable to a much wider variety of problems, from not being able to wash themselves without risking a fall, to becoming a target for confidence tricksters knocking on the door. People whose parents and relatives are living with illnesses like dementia or Alzheimer’s will often worry about them wandering off or getting lost if they live on their own. An assisted living facility offer your relatives the knowledge and security that there are always staff on hand to offer advice and protection from unwanted guests. Residents who are living with Dementia or another form of degenerative illness are provided with individual security tags which assist in keeping them safe and on the premises.
As your parents and relatives get older, they may need a little extra support doing everyday things. This might be something simple – like not being able to do up shirt buttons due to arthritis in their fingers, to more complicated needs like taking medications on time, walking down the stairs or communicating clearly. Assisted living facilities are designed to assist your parents and relatives in living their lives as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They don’t immediately try to treat all residents as infirm – instead, they tailor the level of support they offer to what your loved ones need. Before they move in their needs will be assessed to make sure the right level of support can be provided at all times. For some that might be someone who can help them get up and dressed in the morning, right up to full-time live-in care if it’s needed.
Living in a retirement community opens up a lot of free time and things to do with it. After all – when there are no more dishes to wash, no more cooking to worry about and the cleaning is always done, you might start to worry about what your parents will do all day! Assisted living communities will normally offer a wide range of activities, clubs, crafts and other new experiences to try and skills to learn. This provides a level of enrichment to their lives, keeps them busy and helps them make friends and discover new passions.
At Home Care Removals, we offer a specialist service to help families move their elderly relatives into assisted living in an easy, stress-free way. Our service starts from the moment the decision is made, and helps in every stage of the moving process, from planning the moving day and packing up your relatives belongings, helping them downsize, dismantling furniture and unpacking and reassembling everything at the other end. Our aim is to make the transition to this new phase of life as quick, simple and easy to manage as possible. We’re always happy to offer advice, so if you want to know more, just get in touch with the team today.