It’s a difficult situation to watch a loved one’s health decline. As a caregiver, you can often feel a little sad, frustrated and helpless. Luckily, there are many great options available to help support you and your loved one as changes occur.
Assisted living is a great option to help you go back to being a daughter, a son, a friend or a loved one – and leave the role of constant caregiver to the professionals. Plus, there are a variety of unique benefits of assisted living for seniors that you may have never even considered.
5 Advantages of Assisted Living for Seniors
- Improved social interaction. As your loved one continues to age, their social wellness becomes even more important. By stimulating their mind and providing them with the opportunity to be social with others, they avoid all the dangerous pitfalls of isolation in seniors. Structured activities also help them find new friends that share similar interests and hobbies.
- Improved nutrition. When your loved one lives alone, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits. Microwaved meals, fast food or skipping meals altogether is very common. At an assisted living facility, loved ones receive three meals a day that are tailored to the changing health needs of older adults.
- Improved intellectual stimulation. Equally important to maintaining social health and wellness is maintaining intellectual health. It’s very easy for seniors to lose sight of their old hobbies because their abilities have changed over the years. Assisted living offers the perfect opportunity to find new hobbies and explore new interests that are better geared toward their current age group.
- Improved independence. While it may seem that your loved one is independent just because they live on their own, if they rely on you and other family members for the majority of the tasks associated with daily living – such as eating, bathing and getting dressed – then they are not really independent. In an assisted living community, they have the freedom to plan out their days, choose their meals and live more independently.
- Improved relationships with family and friends. Oftentimes, as a senior’s health starts to decline, familial relationships change. Your parent may start to feel like a burden. The dynamic being just a son or a daughter is lost to being a caregiver. Assisted living helps seniors care for themselves while offering families the chance to reconnect on a personal level. The time spent together can truly just become quality time.
Peregrine Senior Living Works to Improve the Lives of Seniors
At Peregrine Senior Living, we value seniors and help them in their search for purpose, validation and fulfillment at any stage in life. We provide an enriching aging experience for our residents that sets us apart and improves lives. We encourage continued growth, exploration and learning. That’s the Peregrine Way®, and you will only find it at our assisted living community.