You’ve heard the saying before ? “Once a man, twice a child”. Although it’s easy to laugh off or misunderstand this Biblical reference in your youth, it’s meaning begins to ring especially true when confronted with the often harsh reality of caring for aging loved one, such as a parent or grandparent. In these instances, it seems the dynamic or roles within the relationship reverse as the once cared for becomes the caretaker.
However it’s important to realize that seniors are not children, and the golden years can be an exciting and extremely fulfilling time in a person’s life, contrary to popular belief. When caring for seniors, it can be difficult to determine what long-term care options are, especially for seniors living with certain health conditions. Finding the right long-term care option can help seniors live out their golden years with joy, caring support, and dignity.
Here are just a few out of many benefits of senior independent living facilities.
Greater sense of independence
Senior independent living facilities offer a greater sense of independence than other kinds of senior living facilities, such as nursing care homes and other kinds of assisted living facilities. Seniors that are active, independent, and require little to no assistance will feel right at home at senior independent living facilities. Having a greater sense of independence and mobility helps seniors maintain dignity as they navigate the latter portion of their life.
Greater sense of community
Did you know that feelings of isolation and loneliness can contribute to the shortening of one’s lifespan? Seniors without family and friends are at a higher risk of developing depression and feelings of hopelessness. Living within a community structure can provide a sense of engagement and the support necessary to stave off loneliness and depression. At senior independent living facilities, seniors can continue enjoying their independence while being able to connect with others and form new friendships.
Amenities and services
Regardless of what age you are, maintaining a home is a lot of work. For independent seniors with limited mobility, home maintenance can be challenging. Senior independent living facilities take the hassle out of home maintenance and provide a number of top notch amenities such as a pool, spa, fitness center, entertainment area, wellness programs, cleaning services and much more. These amenities help to support an independent lifestyle for active seniors while also easing the burden of housework.
Assistance is available as needed
Although senior independent living facilities do not provide care, staff is always available for assistance as needed. If an accident or emergency were to happen, you can rest assured that help would be immediately available. In addition, one of the greatest benefits of senior independent living within a community structure is the care provided by other residents and staff. They may notice a decline or change in your loved one’s health before you do and can alert you before the condition worsens.
Senior independent living facilities take the guesswork out of caring your aging loved ones, while going above and beyond to meet their needs and support an active lifestyle. The provide an invaluable peace of mind for both you and your loved one, and can help both of you enjoy the journey through the golden years together.