Anyone with a senior in their life, whether it be a parent, another family member, or close loved one, there will come a time when considerations must be made to ensure the loved one’s needs are being met. As a person ages, it can become more difficult for them to do the things they once did. There may also be health issues that must be monitored regularly. There are many other factors that may cause concern for their well-being. For many seniors, this time in their life may require additional care or companionship throughout the day. They may also need assistance with many of the daily chores and activities. It is important to determine the best option for the senior to ensure they are safe, happy, and healthy throughout these years.
There are facilities available that provide assisted living options for seniors. Facilities, such as McKnight Place, provide options for seniors as an alternative to living at home. Seniors are provided with their own suite that they are encouraged to decorate as they wish. They can even bring their own furniture to make the area as close to home as possible. Seniors are provided with meal options to ensure a healthy and delicious diet. There are daily activities schedule to allow seniors to stay active and independent. There is also a vibrant community that provides support and enjoyment for seniors. This sense of community helps to prevent isolation-induced depression many seniors face when living at home, away from other people.
Assisted living facilities also provide a variety of benefits to ensure seniors are safe and healthy. These benefits are customized to the needs of each individual at the senior living community. They are provided assistance managing medications and making doctor appointments. There are services to help with cleaning, laundry, and other daily chores that can sometimes be difficult for seniors. Seniors are also provided with a variety of therapy services to assist with a variety of their health needs.
For seniors who need more care than can be provided in the assisted living environment, there are skilled nursing facilities. These facilities offer a home-like setting for those who have health or mobility issues. There is 24-hour skilled nursing care available to help seniors with any need they may have throughout the day or night. Each senior in these facilities are provided with a personalized care plan. This plan addresses each needs a senior has to ensure it is met. This includes any assistance needed with mobility and personal care, in addition to the health needs of the senior.
Similar to the assisted living facilities, these facilities also offer healthy and delicious meals prepared for seniors. They also offer activities each day to provide a method for seniors to stay active. There are activities available to provide enjoyment for every senior, no matter their abilities. This ensures social interactions to avoid boredom and isolation. These facilities also offer a variety of therapies and other assistance options to provide the care seniors need.
Staying at Home
Many seniors wish to stay in their family homes when they get older. Fortunately, there are services available to help with this option. Home health aids and companion services are available to help seniors remain in their home throughout their golden years. However, staying at home can still be isolating for many seniors who no longer have friends nearby or are unable to get out as often as they used to. If staying at home is an option, its best to discuss all the needs the senior may need throughout their day. It is also important to discuss plans for the future if their health needs change.
Making this type of decision can be difficult for those with seniors in their lives. However, the best option is to start discussing these things early. It is also important to include the seniors in the conversation and planning of any changes, whether staying at home or moving to a facility. For many seniors, needing additional help may make them feel as though they are losing their independence. It is important to make these decisions together and research the best options available to ensure their happiness and safety.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.