No. People who live in a nursing home typically require constant and continual medical care, often involving a registered nurse and other medical professionals. In an assisted living community, seniors may need help with some daily routines such as grooming and getting dressed, but they are not medically dependent – in fact, assisted living residents enjoy an active lifestyle that can be highly fulfilling and enriching.
Keep in mind that your parent has taken care of his own needs, and before that yours. It’s common for older people not to realize that their ability to care for themselves is not what it used to be. The key in your conversations with your dad is to emphasize the positives of assisted living…such as the opportunity to make new friends and to become involved in a variety of stimulating social events.
There is a very good possibility that assisted living is the ideal choice for your mom. Assisted living communities, although they encourage independence, can provide personal help with certain everyday tasks such as bathing and grooming as well as monitoring medication intake.
Most assisted living residences offer a diverse array of fun and educational group-based activities that are designed to appeal to nearly all seniors, fostering friendships while also providing a sense of accomplishment and purpose that can be instrumental in helping older people “feel younger.”
Not at all. Certainly her participation would be encouraged, yet, assisted living communities respect the privacy and desires of each resident and those who choose not to take part in group activities are not made to feel obligated to do so.
Usually, older people say that they feel more safe and secure in an assisted living community than they had felt during previous years living alone. What’s more, their children can have the peace of mind in knowing that someone is continually there for their parents, just in case.
Respect for a resident’s wishes are always a priority at an assisted living residence. Staff members are specially trained to not only support independent lifestyles, but also to encourage residents to think on their own and make their own decisions whenever possible. Still, if needed or desired, caring assistance will be provided.
Delicious and nutritionally balanced meals are typically served restaurant style in beautifully appointed dining areas, providing the feeling of “going out to eat” for every meal. Those like your dad with special dietary needs are always accommodated. This is a stark contrast to a nursing home, where the food might commonly be similar in preparation and taste to “hospital food”.