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Is now the time to think about assisted living?

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As parents age, their correspondingly aging children frequently take on more of a caretaker role – whether literally becoming the full-time caregiver, or merely giving more attention to their aging parents.

And recently, due to global circumstances, you – like a lot of adult children – may be in even closer contact with your aging parent than before. You may be checking in with your parents more frequently to monitor their health and wellbeing: more phone calls, more video chats, and maybe even more face-to-face interactions.

Because of this, you may be more honed into your parent’s or parents’ way of life than you were prior – and maybe it doesn’t look quite like you had thought. Perhaps their home is in greater disarray; perhaps they’re moving more slowly than before, or perhaps they’re having a harder time taking care of themselves than you realized.

Additionally, many individuals have been running more errands for their aging parents – such as pharmacy pickups, meal delivery, or grocery shopping – in an effort to keep them at home as much as possible.

This also offers insight into a parent’s life: perhaps their medication list is heavier than in the past; perhaps their eating habits or grocery requests aren’t as nutritious as they should be (or once were).

Is assisted living the right path?

Overall, you may be learning a lot more about the lifestyle and living situation of your parent or parents – and it may be clear that they need more help than you can give them.

Assisted living may be the best solution!

These communities offer residents that touch of extra day-to-day help that they need: from bathing to grooming to medication management. Additionally, medical care is available and provided as needed, and all meals are supplied.

These communities also feature many social benefits – with things like group activities and common spaces – helping to eliminate isolation among seniors. And, even though staff members are available to help at all hours of the day, communities are set up to allow residents the freedom to live as independently as possible.

In general, these communities cover the concerns individuals have about their aging loved ones: clean living spaces, nutritious meals, and consistent support. With so much hands-on assistance and daily needs met, assisted living offers both residents and family members a stable peace of mind.

Do you still have questions or concerns about assisted living? ElderCare Connections provides personalized care plans for seniors, using their vast supply of expertise and resources, to make the journey of aging as smooth as possible. Visit us at Eldercareconnections.org for more information on assisted living, independent living, home care, and more!

Why Assisted Living Services May Be More Friendly Than a Nursing Home for Rehab

Assisted living services may be a better choice for some people rather than being in a nursing home. We will be identifying the reasons for this, and then help you understand which one is best for you or your older loved one.

The Differences Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Services

assisted living services are good for old loved ones imageNursing homes are places where people live in a room with 24/7 staff assistance. Meals are provided in a common area, along with some social activities.

There may be a doctor and/or nurse on staff to help with any medical needs during the rehab process, or a medical professional may drop in each day for check-ups.

Assisted living services provide people what they need while they remain at home. The main difference from nursing homes is that they there isn’t care 24/7. The older individual will remain at home, and people will come to the home to help the person.

For instance, meals may be delivered to the home. Some meal delivery services may provide hot meals, or they may be frozen and need to be heated. A nurse may come to visit each day for a check-up and check on medications. A senior living assistant may come each day to help with cleaning and tidying up the living area, and help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and other hygiene needs.

The benefit of assisted living services is that the person stays in his/her home, which can feel much better and be much less stressful than living in a nursing home. And generally less stressful living amounts to more healthy living. And of course healthy living is one of the main goals, so assisted living services may be the preferred choice.

However, there are times when someone does need to rehabilitate at a nursing home facility.

Why Someone Needs a Nursing Home Facility

The following are the reasons someone should use a nursing home facility for rehabilitation:

● The rehabilitation process may need to be monitored much more closely requiring medical assistance quickly if anything goes awry.
● The person is not able to heat up meals in the home safely, especially during recovery.
● Medications need to be administered.
● The home is not appropriate in size and decor, and can be a fall risk as the older person is recovering.

When Assisted Living Services Can Help

assisted living services with family member giving hugsThe following are when assisted living services are better suited for an older individual:

● The rehabilitation process is not risky and the person only needs medical monitoring once a day or every other day.
● The person is able to take medication independently.
● Meals can be delivered warm or the person can warm up his/her food.
● The home is not a safety hazard for the person.

It really has to do with the level of care the person needs during rehab.

How ElderCare Connections Can Help

If you’re wondering how Eldercare Connections can help, contact us. We can review you and your loved one’s exact needs during rehabilitation and see if assisted living or a nursing home would be best. We are experts when it comes to senior placements services, so you can trust us to help you choose the best care during this time.