The hard truth everyone faces is that their loved ones eventually reach an age that makes it harder for them to take of themselves. Thankfully, our community has fostered options for such occasions that provides everyone involved the sense of relief they need. Don’t worry so much! Here, we’ll discuss options that your loved ones can decide on.
Assisted living and nursing homes are both equal in the service they provide; an environment that keeps a close eye on all their residents. However, each comes with care to a varying degree depending on the individual living there.
What Is Assisted Living?
You have probably heard of assisted living, but may not have known what it was. Assisted living are homes for the elderly or disabled that are very active and need minimal medical care. Facilities can be as small as 10 beds, to as many as 100, with 54 percent of residents hovering around the age of 85. Here, your loved ones can live as they were, but without the worry that, in the unfortunate event that they are injured, certified medical staff are available immediately to help them. Medical assistance, personal care and health services are at the ready for your loved ones to utilize.
A typical resident utilizing assisted living is someone who is quite mobile, but occasionally needs help, perhaps in the event they wish to participate in two to three living activities every day. This can certainly help with an individual’s happiness considering retirees experience more happiness when they have the opportunity, and are physically capable, of engaging in several activities on a regular basis, according to data collected in 2015.
What Is A Nursing Home?
Nursing homes are specifically for elderly and disabled individuals that are unable to live freely on their own. Unlike individuals living in assisted living, your loved ones, for one reason or another, are incapable of living by themselves without constant care. Nursing homes provide health services, personal care, medical assistance and general assistance for their residents. Nursing homes are, essentially, assisted living homes, but on the extreme spectrum. And just like assisted living, your loved ones are immediately cared for in the unfortunate event that they are injured.
Engaging In Social Activities
Whether your loved ones are immobile or capable of moving around on their own, being social is among the best ways of enjoying their stay in either type of home. For example, allowing social opportunities has actually shown to decrease the rate in which an individual’s memory declines, as much as half the rate of those who did not, according to a study in 2008. This is opened a specific kind of care known as “memory care.” Memory care is utilized for the elderly, especially individuals with memory problems like Alzheimer’s or dementia. If this is a concern, narrow down your search for either type of home that provides memory care.