A senior living community can be an ideal way for families to care for loved ones with memory loss or other forms of dementia. They provide a safe and nurturing environment where seniors can enjoy new friendships, peace of mind, and a sense of purpose in their lives. As a family member, though you may not be able to make the final decision on where your loved one will spend their last years, there are some things you can do to help your loved one make a well-informed choice when it comes time to choose a senior living community.
There are several benefits to choosing a senior living community as an option for your loved one with memory loss or other forms of dementia, including:
1.) Safety and Security
Senior living communities provide a safe and secure environment for your loved one to live in and are an ideal option for senior citizens who desire to remain independent and drive themselves to the community. In an emergency, the staff at the senior living community can quickly call for help by contacting public safety officials, so you will be able to rest easy knowing your loved one is being cared for under the supervision of trained staff members.
2.) Quality Care and Companionship
As your loved one’s bodily functions decrease and they lose the ability to complete daily tasks, it can be difficult to provide the level of care they need while still feeling like you are doing everything possible to make them feel loved. In a senior living community, your loved one will benefit from having access to trained staff members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that personal care can be administered in a safe and comforting environment. Additionally, they will be able to take part in activities such as groups, outings, and other social events that promote healthy communication and improve brain function.
A senior living community will promote social interaction and improved brain health by allowing your loved one to interact with others from all walks of life. For example, suppose your loved one has limited mobility. In that case, they will be able to meet new people while still engaging in activities that improve mental clarity and mood, such as socializing with neighbors at the community’s dining room table or taking a walk around the grounds.
4.) Personal Attention
An Alzheimer’s senior living community provides your loved one with 24-hour nursing care, so a trained staff member will always attend to them. This makes it easier to maintain better self-care for your loved one, so you won’t have to worry about their need for assistance with daily tasks. Additionally, nursing care is provided where your loved one feels most comfortable and secure. Suppose they feel more comfortable in a private setting or prefer not to interact with others in the community. In that case, they will be able to opt out of group activities as long as they can still manage physically making it out of bed on their own.
5.) More Time to Spend Together
Whether you live with your loved one or take on the responsibility of providing care from a distance, the time you spend caring for and talking with your loved one is put under pressure by the responsibilities and stresses of everyday life. In a senior living community, you will be relieved of much of this stress and will find more time to spend with your loved one than ever before. The time spent together will be more relaxed, and you’ll be able to have conversations with your loved ones that aren’t rushed or interrupted by the need to help them with daily tasks.
6.) Emotional Support
Many caregivers experience feelings of isolation and loneliness as they provide care for their loved ones. Senior living communities provide a low-key setting and the opportunity for many other caregivers to share each other’s stories, offer emotional support, and learn from those who have gone before them in caring for those with memory loss or other forms of dementia.
7.) Better Quality of Life
Many senior living communities provide their residents with daily activities that promote community relations, such as taking a walk around the grounds after lunch, attending a potluck meal on the last Friday of each month, or participating in social activities. These daily tasks are designed to increase brain function and give your loved one a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
While it is true that the cost of assisted living facilities can be high, senior living communities are often a more affordable option. For example, some Alzheimer’s Senior Living communities provide care at an annual rate of less than $3,000 per resident, which is far less expensive than nursing care and daily supervision costs. Additionally, many senior living communities provide housing subsidies to help offset their residents’ monthly expenses.
9.) Caring Staff Members
In a senior living community, your loved one can enjoy the comfort of a home-like environment, with all the benefits of having dedicated care staff who assist those in need. In addition, the staff members in the community are trained to handle medical emergencies. They also understand dementia and other forms of memory loss. Therefore, they will be able to help administer medications, offer assistance in social situations, and understand how your loved one is feeling based on changes in mood or behavior.
10.) Stability of Care
Alzheimer’s senior living communities are designed to provide residents with the best possible quality of life, meaning that the staff members of the community are dedicated to providing ongoing care for each resident so that everyone will get the most out of their senior years. Moving from one senior living community to another can be emotionally demanding, and it can be difficult for those who are left behind to adjust if their loved one departs for a new place. However, senior living communities are designed to be a long-term solution, so they will be able to provide consistent care during your loved one’s senior years.
If you or someone you know is considering a senior living community for your loved one, making sure you explore all available options and choose the one that best meets their needs is an important step. To provide your loved one with the best care possible, you will want to contact our team here at Sabal Palms. Our local community provides access to 24-hour nursing care, fitness programs and activities, and a variety of dining options. But, most importantly, you will want to choose a community that has dedicated itself to continual improvement for the benefit of seniors and their families.