As you grow older, you may experience changes in your physical and cognitive health. These can affect your safety at home in surprising ways, making things that were previously safe far more dangerous.
Assisted living staff will be able to do their jobs better if they are treated as active and welcome participants in your senior loved one’s care. There are several reasons this approach is important:
1. It increases trust in your senior loved one’s care.
It’s normal for family members to worry about the quality of care a senior loved one will receive in a new assisted living community. One of the best ways to put your worries behind you is to get to know the staff and ask for updates.
2. The assisted living staff will be a big part of your lives.
While your parent or loved one is living in assisted living, the staff will become the main people helping them with the activities of daily living.
They will also be the main social interaction your loved one has day to day and will become the friendly faces you see on your visits. Make an effort to get to know your senior living staff.
With age comes wisdom and contentment. And, often, health and mobility challenges. Most older adults and their loved ones inevitably have “the discussion.” Is it best for a senior to age in place or to move to a retirement community? Each option has pros and cons, but only one offers easy access to friends and fulfilling activities.