5 Characteristics of an Assisted-Living Retirement Home

Your loved one has become elderly or ill and unable to look after himself/herself. While you would like to bring him/her to your home to provide care, other obligations prevent you from doing so.

Therefore, you are looking at moving him/her to an assisted-living retirement home. Below are 5 ways your loved one will benefit from residing at such a facility.

1. Proper care

When a loved one becomes unable to look after himself/herself, it is commonplace for family members to look at either moving him/her in with them or hiring a live-in caregiver to assume the responsibility. However, the truth is, neither of these options will give your loved one the care that he/she needs.

Residing at a retirement home will provide your loved one with the opportunity to receive the care he/she needs and deserves. While still maintaining a degree of independence, support workers can provide assistance with things such as transport around the facility and personal hygiene. Nurses and consulting doctors can ensure that he/she receives medical care needed.

2. Meals

When your loved one becomes elderly or ill, he/she needs to keep eating to get nutrition needed and maintain strength. However, this does not always occur as he/she may not be able to cook meals or skips meals.

When your loved one resides in a retirement home, he/she is guaranteed three meals a day. These meals will ensure that he/she receives the nutrition needed and takes into account any allergies or intolerances to certain types of food. Throughout the day, healthy snacks are also available to ensure your loved one is never hungry.

3. Activities

When your elderly or ill loved one resides alone, he/she relies on people visiting them or taking them out to participate in activities. Because of people’s schedules, this does not always happen and as a result he/she is often left at home doing very little.

Retirement homes offer your loved one the opportunity to participate in activities they have usually enjoyed or new ones they are interested in. These include dancing, exercise classes, card games, movie nights, and entertainment events. Retirement homes are also able to schedule road trips to attend events in the community, guaranteeing your loved one will be able to fill up their time with little opportunity to be idle.

4. Meet friends

When you are elderly and reside alone, it can become lonely and boring. As mentioned, you often need to rely on people attending to visit you or them taking you out into the community.

Residing at a retirement home will allow your loved one to meet many friends who also reside in the community. These are people are in the same situation as your loved one who will be willing to have conversations with him/her and participate in activities hosted by the home. In doing so, your loved one will keep their social skills sharp and have no time at all to be bored.

5. Safety

Your loved one has become elderly or ill. Therefore, he/she may not have the ability or capacity to take steps to keep himself/herself safe. There are many potential dangers in a home to people in this situation, such as stairs, stoves, and sharp objects. These things, while trivial to others, can cause serious injury or death to elderly people or those suffering from an illness.

The retirement home that your loved one will ensure that your loved one is safe at all times. Living units are very accessible and there is nothing in them that could harm your loved one. In the event your loved one tends to become confused and wander, there are secure units available to ensure his/her safety and security.