If you're like most people who worry about their elderly parents, you're probably wondering whether it's time to start considering assisted living options for your mom or dad who is having a hard time living at home alone. Here are a few ways an assisted living facility can help improve your parent's quality of life as time goes on:
They'll Never Be Truly Alone
As your parent gets older, they'll be at more risk of injury even when they're just moving around their bedroom. So if they're living alone or with someone like you who has to leave them alone sometimes due to work and other obligations, they won't have the support they need to safely complete tasks that could injure them, like making food or showering. And they won't have immediate help if they do fall down or get injured in some way.
Luckily, your parent won't have to worry about ever being truly alone when they're residing in an assisted living facility. They will have their own private quarters, but help is just right down the hall whenever it is needed.
They Will Enjoy a Rich Social Life
There will be a wide variety of other people residing at the assisted living facility with your parent, so they should never feel lonely or ignored like they might when living at home or with a busy family member. Any time they want to socialize with friends, they can head to the dining hall or the game room. Or they can participate in a number of social events such as bingo, barbecues, exercise classes, and even dances.
They can spend as much time alone as they would like, but whenever they feel the need to socialize they will just have to walk out of their private quarters. There won't be a need to try and make lunch dates or wait for scheduled visits from friends and family members in order to keep loneliness at bay.
They'll Have In-House Access to Medical Services
While not all of your parent's medical needs can be taken care of at the assisted living facility they move in to, many services such as basic check ups, medication management, nutritional assistance, and even physical therapy may be available at the facility. Many mental health services to treat disease, such as Alzheimer's, should also be available.
This will allow your parent to enjoy optimal health care without having to schedule several outings to the doctor's office every month. In-house medical services should also save you and your parent some money on their healthcare in the coming years too.