Top Benefits of Assisted Living for Aging ParentsSeptember 15, 2022
You know your parent needs some extra help. Maybe they aren’t able to drive anymore, or you notice they’re struggling with once-simple tasks like dressing or preparing meals for themselves. But how can you best provide the support your parent needs? For many seniors, assisted living offers the ideal solution. In an assisted living community, your parent can get the help they need to resume a more active — and independent — lifestyle. There are many benefits of assisted living, including:
In an assisted living community a support system is in place to help your parent with the tasks that can become more difficult with age. Staff members are available 24/7 to help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, grooming and medication management. Housekeeping, laundry services, building maintenance and groundskeeping are taken care of. Scheduled transportation ensures your parent can get out into the community for shopping or medical appointments. Residents receive the support they need to enjoy as much independence as possible.
The Comforts of Home
In an assisted living community, residents have private apartments that they can decorate to suit their tastes and style — bringing cherished items with them to create a familiar, comfortable environment. Plus, many assisted living communities are pet-friendly, so four-footed and feathered companions contribute their own comforting presence, as well.
As people age, their social circle may get smaller or physical impairments may limit their opportunities for social interaction. Assisted living communities provide a welcome remedy. New neighbors and friends are just down the hall. A lively activities calendar and lovely common areas encourage residents to meet and socialize. Some assisted living communities foster intergenerational interaction as well, hosting visits from area schools or day care centers. Residents enjoy new friendships, a renewed sense of meaningful engagement and all the other benefits of social interaction, which include a reduced rate of cognitive decline and a decreased risk of developing further disability.
Physical activity and a healthy diet matter at every age. Unfortunately, declining abilities can make it more difficult for older adults to provide themselves with the nutritious meals they need and to get exercise that suits their ability level. Assisted living communities provide a healthy menu of delicious dining options and can tailor meal plans to suit the dietary needs of residents. Your parent will also have access to wellness activities, including a variety of fitness classes. And many assisted living communities have amenities like a putting green and raised garden beds where residents can actively pursue favorite hobbies.
Assisted living communities can open a world of possibilities for older adults whose lives have been limited by diminished abilities. Social, spiritual and educational programs, a busy activities calendar and community outings invite residents to engage fully in life, boosting their feeling of meaningful purpose, which is associated with improved mental and physical health.
A Sense of Security
Both you and your parent will appreciate the peace of mind that comes with knowing that help is always available, should it be required. Not only are staff members on hand day and night to help with ADLs, but emergency help is available around the clock, as well. Typically, assisted living communities have 24-hour emergency call systems in place and trained care partners who can provide the necessary care, should the need arise. Some assisted living communities also provide on-site therapies, as well — including occupational, speech and physical therapies — making it easier for residents who need these services to access them.
Person-Directed Assistance at Oaks Senior Living
To truly understand the benefits of assisted living, consider touring one of Oaks Senior Living assisted living communities. Our approach to senior living is grounded in our respect for each resident’s needs and preferences and our commitment to providing fun, meaningful opportunities so residents can engage joyfully with life. Contact us to schedule a tour or to find out more about our communities located in Georgia and South Carolina.