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Elder Care Fundamentals: What You Should Know

After watching several of my family members struggle with dementia and various other age-related conditions, I spent a lot of time researching the options for assisted living, in-home care, and nursing homes. I wanted to be sure that I understood what was out there before my parents came to need it. All of my research helped me learn a lot about future care options for my family. I decided to help clarify the options for others who may be as confused as I was. This intention of this blog is to do just that. I hope that the information here helps you understand the basics so you can make the right choice when you need to.



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Assisted living is not designed to take care of every need of the residents within. It's a supportive living environment that provides enrichment activities, meals, and laundry services to keep residents active. There is help at an assisted living, such as taking out trash or making the bed, but the goal is for residents to do as much as they can on their own and live as independently as possible. Residents are checked on to make sure they are safe, but employees aren't constantly in the apartment. If you or a loved one no longer feels safe living at home alone but can take care of many of their own needs, assisted living is an excellent option.

Meals and Laundry Services

As life goes on, taking care of meal preparation and laundry can be too much when you live at home alone. For seniors who spend all of their time doing these chores, assisted living offers a break from doing these tasks. If you are concerned about a loved one who isn't eating balanced meals anymore, an assisted living facility offers hot meals so you know for sure that your loved one has options. With the addition of laundry services, there's no longer a need for your loved one to worry about basic chores anymore.

Socialization and Activities

It's hard for an older adult to get out and enjoy socializing with other people. In an assisted living facility, the activities are there to choose from. Residents get to know one another through activities and family style meals. When a person lives alone, their opportunities to socialize become limited. Many people in assisted living are vibrant people who still drive, but enjoy living among other people because of the ability to socialize and participate in activities.

Staying Independent in Assisted Living

An assisted living facility is not a nursing home. Although it will provide supportive care and minor medical services, the goal is for every resident to remain as independent as possible. Once a resident needs consistent hands on care, they are no longer suitable for an assisted living environment. Residents who live there are generally independent and need some support with day to day activities.

An assisted living facility is an environment that allows people to remain as independent as possible with support. Residents get meals prepared and laundry done, but they are expected to maintain their own space. Activities are offered to provide enrichment and residents get the help they need.

Contact a facility, like Sweet Water Manor, to learn more.