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Exploring The Benefits Of Assisted Living

Hi there, my name is Patrice. Welcome to my site. I am excited to share my knowledge about assisted living communities with you all today. When my mother reached her elder years, I was unable to provide her with the level of care she needed each day. I wanted her to receive the best of care without feeling like we abandoned her. I set her up in an assisted living community and visited on a regular basis. I want to use this site to talk about all of the benefits of utilizing assisted living facilities for your parents and other loved ones.


Exploring The Benefits Of Assisted Living

Helping An Aging Parent Struggling With Independence

by Abigail Martin

Watching a parent struggling with independent living can be tough. While you know that there are many great things about allowing your parent to live in their own way, you're concerned about their ability to care for their home and their health. Here are some options for providing additional support.

More Frequent Visits

If you have the time, more frequent visits with your loved one may be all that's needed to provide your parent with the support they need. You could assign chores to different family members—one person does the grocery shopping while another cleans the house once a week.

Maintenance Services

You could also hire various services to perform tasks for your loved one each day. For instance, meal services could deliver groceries and hot meals to their home. A cleaning service could come on a regular basis. Lawn maintenance teams may be a helpful addition as well.

In-Home Caretaker

Another option is to have a caretaker who visits on a daily or weekly basis to do chores and help run errands. Caretakers can also help with daily routines such as dressing and bathing; it's up to you which services you want to hire them for. Aside from providing maintenance care, this person can also become a friend and confidant to make your loved one feel cared for.

There are a few types of care providers to consider. A regular caretaker can take care of custodial tasks, such as cleaning. But if your loved one also has medical needs to attend to, such as administering pills or changing bandages, then a skilled nurse may need to stop by the house on a regular basis to make sure these tasks are being taken care of.

Senior Living

Finally, it may be time to consider a senior living facility, such as Good Shepherd Health Center, for your loved one. An assisted living center can provide a good balance between independent living routines and the support of trained staff. For instance, your loved one will have their own space, but they will have staff to check on them and provide cleaning services, meals, and other service to make life easier. Plus, your loved one will have greater access to health services that can keep them healthy and independent for longer. You could also make the initial move into a senior independent living facility, which could be a great stepping stone to more in-depth care. Although a fiercely independent parent may resist the idea of moving at first, it's worthwhile to speak with a representative to help you explain the benefits and boundaries of senior living to your parent.