One million Americans already reside in assisted living communities, and by 2030, that figure is expected to quadruple. Many of our loved ones are increasingly utilizing new opportunities to enhance their quality of life as the population ages, including assisted living communities.
Assisted living communities can be found as standalone communities or as a component of larger networks of care for your loved ones. They are choices for “loved ones who may need help with clothing, bathing, eating and toileting” but who also may not require acute medical treatment,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The advantages of assisted living can go well beyond helping with daily life chores (ADLs).
Continue reading to learn ways assisted living improves quality of life.
In contrast to living alone, assisted living gives your loved ones access to a wider range of possibilities and more independence.
Around 11% of people 75 and older require help with everyday tasks like showering, clothing, or using the restroom. For these ADLs as well as other requirements like going food shopping, paying bills, or emotional assistance, people of all ages may depend on family members or care-givers. An assisted living community may ease the stress on family members while giving your loved ones the continued support they require through daily help from employees.
As the requirements of your loved ones evolve, assisted living communities may frequently offer additional assistance. While they could benefit from today’s social events and require assistance with transportation, their community can give progressively more assistance when they start to require more assistance with getting dressed and taking a shower. As people age or their requirements change, the flexibility of some assisted living programs can offer long-term stability.
Malnutrition affects our loved ones severely. The Mayo Clinic lists sadness, difficulty cooking, and the changing dietary requirements as the three main reasons why your loved ones’ nutritional needs could not be satisfied. Food that is inconsistent or of low quality might compromise immune systems and cause other health issues.
With assisted living, you may avoid the everyday hassle of cooking and food shopping and enjoy wholesome meals cooked by trained professionals. Campuses can also provide for people who have unique dietary requirements, such those who need a low-sodium or diabetes-friendly diet.
According to research, your loved ones’ quality of life is greatly influenced by their relationships with family and friends. According to the findings of the United States of Aging survey, maintaining relationships with family and friends may be more crucial than cash for preventing loneliness and sadness. While being near to friends and family, assisted living can provide people the chance to develop new relationships.
While many people continue to drive safely as they age, some require assistance getting to and from shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other places. Statistics show that older licensed drivers have greater risks of fatal accidents due to slower reaction times and eyesight problems.
A neighborhood that offers transportation assistance can provide families reassurance that their loved ones are safe on the roads. Your loved ones can be safely transported to planned activities, shopping, and medical appointments to avoid feeling like a burden on their families.
Loved ones who experience loneliness and sadness may experience worsening health conditions or social anxiety. For your loved ones in assisted living communities to keep up their friendships, make new connections, and learn new things, there is easy access to a large range of organized activities. Activities can play a significant role in aspects that affect long-term quality of life, from organized trips and meals to frequent game nights or community movies.