Do you have an elderly parent that requires care, but is still healthy and active enough to not need a nursing home? Are they the type of person who rejects the idea that they are getting older and are in need of assistance now and then? Taking care of an aging parent can be difficult, especially if they don’t see themselves as getting older. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, here are some things that might help convince your parent to move to an assisted living facility:
Independence: Contrary to what some people think, an assisted living facility doesn’t mean that the residents are monitored 24/7. Depending on mobility and mental faculties, your parent may rarely interact with staff at all if they don’t care to do so. This allows them to continue doing all their shopping, visit grandkids and do whatever else they enjoy doing.
Faster care: Have you ever received a call in the middle of the night because one of your parent’s lights burnt out? Although your parent may still be relatively active, he or she may not be steady enough to climb on ladders in order to change light bulbs. Even though he or she may have insisted that you come over right away to change the bulb, and even though you may have tried to get over there right away, it may have been hours before you were actually able to do so. With assisted living, the staff are already on-site and can have the light bulb changed in a matter of minutes. No longer do you or your parent have to worry about falling down in the dark during midnight trips to the bathroom.
Regular activities: As your parent has gotten older, it may be more difficult for him or her to find friends that are his or her own age. Your parent’s neighbors may be half their age and have little in common with him or her, potentially making him or her feel lonely and isolated. In an assisted living facility, your parent will once again be able to discuss his or her favorite movies and television shows from when he or she was a child, without needing to provide lengthy explanations. For active residents, assisted living facilities often have things like tennis courts or swimming pools that are available for use. They may also provide residents with weekly “field trips” to local libraries, museums, and other nearby points of interest.
For a local assisted living facility, contact a company such as Grace Assisted Living.