May is National Mental Health Month and for many seniors — including adults of all ages in the United States — anxiety is a very real concern. It can be so debilitating that an elderly person may no longer go outside, they start to fear visitors or phone calls, and essentially shut down. This might not fully describe your elderly mother or father, spouse, or other loved one at this stage in their life, but they may be on their way. In the meantime, home care is a topic to discuss. Many people assume the best option for everyone is to remain home, but that may not always be the case, especially when anxiety and stress are building. For those individuals, assisted living facilities could very well be a great short-term solution.
Your father has been struggling ever since your mother passed away. His health has been in decline, his physical abilities are diminishing, and you have been doing the best you can to support him, but you can’t keep up this pace for long. You need some type of elder care support he can agree to.
April is National Pet Month and when an elderly senior, like your parent, may require more than what companion home care could offer or any other type of care, assisted living is a great option. Some assisted living communities will provide short-term stay options, so your senior could see exactly whether or not this would be optimal for them for elderly care services at this stage in their life. If they have a pet, like a beloved cat, this often leads people to assume they can’t consider assisted living, at least not at this time.
Ah, spring is almost here and winter is well behind us. For most of us, so are those fun, exciting, but unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions. Bet you didn’t think you would have to hear about those resolutions again! Well, it’s not always a bad thing to be reminded of them. For some, a little reminder could help us get back on track, especially when it was about something as important as caregiver services at an assisted living facility.
One of the most important things to a family caregiver of aging seniors is keeping them safe. Yet, safety generally declines as people get older. This is especially true when men and women move through their 70’s, approaching 80, and even move well through their 80’s and 90’s. The older a person is, the more likely they are facing some potentially serious safety hazards.
One thing that many people immediately think about when they hear the term ‘assisted living’ is a permanent, end-of-life care option for aging men and women. In reality, assisted living is first and foremost about living life to the fullest, with help (assistance).
It’s easy to miss some important information about assisted living, though. One notable example is the fact that most people are not aware of the respite care options some quality assisted living facilities offer elderly men and women.