An assisted living community accommodates a large part of the senior population. This type of community is very similar to an individual residence but also provides accommodations for those seniors who need special assistance with activities of daily living. These activities often times include dressing, bathing, transferring, eating, walking and medication management.
There are some senior citizens who are able to live out their lives in their own home without a lot of outside interference while others need 24-hour medical supervision, assistance and care. Still there is a large number of the aging population that falls somewhere in between. These seniors need assistance with transportation and medications but may be able to maintain a decent independent lifestyle. Assisted living facilities take care of the particular needs of each senior.
1. Safety. The greatest of all the benefits is safety. If a senior is weak, unsteady or visually impaired, living with other people can be a form of safety for him or her. People will be available to help with walking or getting up out of a chair. If there is an accident, no one is alone for very long. Many communities have their own emergency response systems or residents are given pendants or lifelines to wear.
2. Nutrition. Shopping for groceries and preparing nutritious meals becomes very hard for seniors. Cooking becomes challenging as an elderly person lives alone. Most assisted living facilities offer three meals each day. Considerations are made concerning special diets for heart disease and diabetes. Being well hydrated and nourished improves overall health and mealtimes usually become a very important part of each day.
3. Healthcare. The hours and qualification of the nursing staff of assisted living facilities does vary. Nurses oversee all of the healthcare needs of residents, including supervising medication and coordinating doctors’ visits, follow ups and outpatient services. The relationship that is formed between the nurse, the resident and the doctor is very important.
4. Housekeeping. Safety can quickly become a dangerous issue in a home that is unsanitary or cluttered. Assisted living often helps a resident make the bed, clean out the refrigerator, keep the floor clear and vacuum. Housekeeping includes many important tasks that lead to a safer and easier life.
One final, very powerful, yet real benefit of assisted living is the restoration of family roles. That is, a spouse who has been acting as a care giver or nurse to her husband, can get back to being a wife. A daughter who has perhaps abandoned the needs of her own children to care for her failing parents will be able to resume the role of mother and her role as daughter once again. Many families are divided with stressful scheduling and shifting of plans in order to provide care for their aging parents. A priceless value of assisted living communities is that they allow us to advocate for our parents while letting the trained staff do the professional work it takes to improve their lives.
If you are interested in assisted living or specialized memory care communities please contact Zee Jennings, Executive Director of Gardens of Roswell Assisted Living and Memory Care at 770-992-0505, or Julie Taylor, Executive Director of Tapestry House Assisted Living at 770-649-0808.