Janice was a vivacious, outgoing person most of her life. When she became widowed at 73, she wasn’t sure how her life would change. She simply knew it was going to change. She didn’t want to live her life without her husband, but that choice was not hers. At that time, the last thing she even would’ve considered was assisted living for senior care services.
Within the realm of caring for a senior is assisted living. There are many wonderful reasons why an aging person would do well to choose assisted living for their future. The more experience a caregiver has — whether it is a professional who works for an agency or even a family member who has done this for many years –more often they realize just how beneficial assisted living can be.
If your spouse of however many years is having difficulty living at home and needs constant supervision or assistance, that can take a toll on anyone, regardless of age. If you are already in your 70’s, possibly into your 80’s, you don’t want to turn your back on him or her. However, even though you understand assisted living is a great option, you wonder if it is time yet or if you can still both remain home and together.
Complaining is easy. People complain all the time. Many people complain and don’t even realize they’re doing it. It becomes habit. Maybe your mother has never been like that. Perhaps she has put up with a lot in her life, dealt with many challenging circumstances that would have troubled other people, and would never have thought about complaining. Your mother may have been one of those people that saw the blessings in everything. That is a wonderful characteristic and trait to have. But whether that was her life before or she was always one to complain, she may be complaining about this new assisted living environment she finds herself in.
How many times have you changed your mind about something? What about something considered quite important? Most of us will admit we aren’t entrenched in our opinions about everything. In fact, when you learn something new, it can completely alter your perspective… and your views. One of those topics could involve assisted living.
Understanding what you might expect when moving to a new place is important. Whether it’s a child going off to summer camp for the first time, a teenager heading off to college, or a middle-aged person moving to a new city for a job opportunity, the unknown can be unsettling, to say the least. That is also the case for seniors who plan to move to assisted living for the first time.
Excuses are easy to make. Almost every one of us will make plenty of excuses to avoid doing things we don’t really want to do, or to avoid situations we don’t find comfortable. Or agreeable. Just because you’ll elderly doesn’t change that. Some seniors make excuses for a wide range of reasons, including to avoid talking about things they just don’t want to discuss (at least at that time). One of those topics some elders might not wish to discuss could be assisted living for their senior care.