It is often a struggle to make a decision to hire assisted living services to help with an aging loved one that lives alone. Yet, doing so can make a drastic difference in their life.
Check out some of the often-overlooked advantages of bringing these professionals in to help.
1. Fight risks of depression.
Aging adults who live alone can have a high risk of depression. Social interaction does not come as easily as it once did because the person may not get out of the house as often or get the chance to visit with their loved ones. Even though assisted living professionals show up with a job to do, these individuals are highly trained to be compassionate, caring, personable individuals. It is easy for a senior to connect with these individuals, and they can look forward to the visits.
2. Ensure a healthier diet.
Senior citizens who live alone are far less likely to eat a healthy diet. They either do not feel much like cooking or do not feel hungry when they really should be eating. With assisted living professionals helping out with meal planning and other essentials, your loved one can have better meals on a daily basis to support their overall health. Likewise, some of these professionals run errands for the senior, which can include trips to the grocery store to get what is needed.
3. Better care for pets.
Pets can be really good for senior citizens who may not get a lot of visitors. However, having a pet can also mean an added responsibility for the senior, and this can come with challenges. For example, a senior may forget if they have fed their dog or cat or disregard a dog that needs to go for a walk. The assisted living professional can help make sure the pet is getting what it needs during daily visits.
4. Security is better managed.
Yes, a senior with frequent visits from an assisted living service can be less likely to sustain a fall. However, there is another level of safety provided by frequent visits by a professional. Seniors can be more prone to home invasions and home robbery because they cannot defend themselves so easily. The presence of other people at the home can deter predators. Further, the professional will make sure windows and doors are locked, fire risks are assessed, and that the premises are generally safe and secure during each visit.