It isn’t easy to watch your elderly loved ones, be it your parents, grandparents or friends, suffer from health problems as they age. If your elderly loved one presently lives at home, consider a move to an assisted living facility to promote a higher overall sense of health and wellbeing. Assisted living facilities have a few advantages that can help your loved one achieve both mental and physical health. These include the following.
Supervised Schedule for Medications
Many elderly individuals take multiple prescription medications, some of which require numerous doses throughout the day. Your loved one may need to take some medications with food or at a certain length of time after eating. Elderly people who are suffering from the early signs of dementia or those experiencing poor memory may find it overwhelming to try and remember when to take their pills, causing them to miss doses or flat-out refuse to take their pills.
At an assisted living facility, an experienced caregiver will see that your loved one takes all the required medications when and how they are supposed to take them. Strict adherence to their medication schedule helps your loved one’s medications be as effective as possible.
Studies indicate that regular exercise, such as walking, is one of the most effective ways to keep elderly individuals mobile. Staying active promotes a higher level of mental health and leads to a longer lifespan. If your loved one lives alone or suffers from mobility issues, finding the motivation to get regular exercise is often difficult. Elderly individuals who are no longer able to drive may have logistical issues that prevent them from staying active.
Many assisted living facilities offer daily activities that encourage your loved one to keep both the mind and the body active. As assisted living facilities are staffed by trained professionals, you won’t have to worry about your loved one’s safety as they engage in recreational activities. The staff will offer supervision and will be able to help your loved one access any necessary assistive devices.
Constant Access to Nutritious Meals and Snacks
For elderly individuals who live alone, cooking healthy meals each day may feel cumbersome. Instead of preparing a nutritious meal, your loved one may opt for convenience foods that have high levels of sodium, fat and calories. Loved ones who suffer from dementia may not remember to eat at regular intervals.
An assisted living facility will have a team of trained chefs to prepare all of the meals for their residents. The meals will be healthy, and there will be many options for your loved one to choose from. If your loved one has special dietary needs, the assisted living facility will be able to accommodate these restrictions while still providing your loved one with delicious options.
Most assisted living facilities offer room service for those who are not mobile enough to make it down to the dining area for meals.
Healthy Mental State Through Being Around Peers
Sadly, many elderly individuals suffer from clinical depression. Individuals who live alone and find it tricky to leave their homes are more likely to experience depression, as some of the risk factors include a sense of isolation and a lack of social interaction.
Your elderly loved one will have frequent socialization with other residents at an assisted living facility. They can play games, dine together or relax and catch their favorite TV shows. And when your loved one needs a bit of privacy, a private suite offers a safe, comfortable retreat for rest and solo activities.
Onsite medical professionals can also monitor your loved one for signs of depression and encourage treatment if necessary.
Are you ready to explore living options for your elderly loved one? Call Longwood Plantation today to see how we make our residents feel at home.