Your parents are getting older, and for now, they’re healthy and happy at home. But what about next year? Or next month? Situations can change quickly. Many seniors prefer living at home and staying independent for as long as possible. However, others are happily moving to an assisted living center for benefits that aren’t otherwise available.
Certainly, the day will come when you must decide whether your parents need additional help. They may be reluctant to move. But the truth is, when it comes to quality of life, a senior living facility might be the best choice for their health and welfare. Senior care is an excellent alternative for those who need more help than the family can provide. Understanding what an assisted living community offers will make it easier to choose the best option for their situation.
Advantages of Assisted Living and Senior Care
Assisted living communities are bright, happy, stimulating, and offer a variety of care levels. Here are some of their benefits:
A Safe Living Environment
Do you worry about your parents falling or getting injured? Even adding a few modifications to their home is costly and may not keep them completely safe. Assisted living provides a secure and comfortable, stress-free environment. There are grab bars in bathrooms, handrails in hallways, proper lighting, extra safety precautions in every room, and medical attention immediately available if necessary. Residents have a setting designed especially for them.
Daily Living Assistance
Are you exhausted from running to your loved one’s home to help with bathing, dressing, and other daily activities? It’s time to be their child again and not their nurse. One of the most basic principles of assisted living is to help residents with these activities, so they can feel independent and keep their dignity.
Intellectual Stimulation and Social Activities
Are your parents spending time just watching television or staring out the window? Assisted living centers offer opportunities to learn new hobbies, such as gardening, take computer classes, join book clubs, etc. When people live alone, they often become isolated, which contributes to the decline of their physical and mental health. By moving to assisted living communities, residents socialize and stay connected with volunteers, residents, and staff through outings and activities. Even watching television with others is more fun.
Physical Fitness and Activities
Are your parents sedentary and losing their balance and muscle tone? Many assisted living communities offer exercise classes and gym equipment to encourage better fitness. Outdoor areas allow residents to take walks, practice Tai Chi, yoga, and other light exercises in the fresh air.
More Nutritious Meals
Have you become concerned about what your parents are eating? Unfortunately, seniors don’t always eat what and when they should. Fast food or junk food become their “go-to” meals.
Assisted living centers understand that grocery shopping, planning menus, and cooking can be a burden. They offer nutritious food three times a day, created for residents’ individual needs and medical conditions. Fresh and nutrient-dense meals, in a wide variety of choices, are made every day.
No More Housekeeping or Driving
Do your parents rely on you to drive them to appointments, shopping, church, and clean their home or do laundry? Fortunately, assisted living facilities take care of all that. Even residents who are still very independent find it challenging to keep up and don’t mind handing over the work to someone else. Senior care centers provide cleaning and laundry service and free transportation to shopping centers, church, medical appointments, concerts, other community events, and more.
Help your loved ones enjoy their senior years without worrying about home upkeep, safety issues, cooking, or daily personal activities. Instead, let them take pleasure in visiting with friends, learning new things, and living stress-free.
Learn More Through Villa St. Francis
If you are unsure of what the next steps of care should be, contact Villa St. Francis. We are a community specializing in independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living for seniors in Greater Milwaukee.
We invite you to contact us to take a comprehensive tour. We’re certain you and your family will feel right at home at Villa St. Francis. Call today!