As the population ages, more and more individuals are moving out of their homes and taking advantage of all the opportunities available to improve their quality of life, including assisted living communities. Today, more than 800,000 Americans live in some type of assisted living community, and this number is only expected to grow.
In our blogs and resources, we regularly mention ADLs: “Our communities support residents with ADLs,” “If an individual needs assistance with ADLs, it could be time to consider assisted living,” etc. Rarely do we take the time to explain what exactly ADLs are and how they are crucial in understanding senior health and wellness.
Caring for an older family member can be especially overwhelming if/when they begin to require more and more attention. Even if you aren’t a primary caregiver, it can be concerning to think of your parent(s) living at home knowing they need additional support.
Most people don’t think about senior living until they need to or until it’s relevant to them and their family. Because of this, there are many misconceptions surrounding the senior living industry and the types of care available. For example, when most people think of senior living, they think “nursing home” or (the more ageist idea) “old folk’s home.”
The holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones—shopping, decorating, baking treats and cookies. One of the best things about this time of year is partaking in annual holiday traditions. Whether they’re classic, quirky, or sentimental, holiday traditions and rituals allow us to connect with our family and celebrate with a warm feeling of nostalgia.
There may come a time when one or both of your parents require additional care. This realization may bring up emotions, complex planning, and conflicts amongst siblings, and these feelings can intensify should your parents have differing care needs.
As a parent or family member ages, it’s not uncommon for families to experience some form of conflict while navigating senior care. These situations require numerous responsibilities, decisions, and concerns, and when multiple people are involved, it can lead to different opinions and disagreements. In addition, as heightened emotions are at play during this time, conflicts can arise more easily and quickly.
Respite care is a valuable service that provides numerous benefits to older adults, family caregivers, and others. Respite care can assist a caregiver during vacations or appointments, as well as provide them with a temporary rest from caregiving duties.
However, respite care is just as valuable for an individual considering care options for themselves. It allows them to experience the amenities, services, and support an assisted living community can offer should they ever want to use them in the future.
Caring for a parent or loved one is an underestimated commitment and requires a strong, loving individual to take on this role. The part you play in your loved one’s life is rewarding but can be overwhelming and stressful if you are a new family caregiver.
As you get older, you may find that maintaining your home has become more difficult, or maybe you’re ready to start your retirement with a change. Senior living communities are growing in popularity across the country - offering older adults maintenance-free living, social interaction, and more.