December 24, 2018 in: Senior Housing,
People want to give their parents the best care at home but as their parents grow older, their demands become overwhelming. The thought of placing their loved ones in a senior living community or a nursing home can rack a person with guilt. Fortunately, nursing homes now are far different than what our grandparents experienced.
Thanks to tighter governmental regulations, today’s nursing homes provide high quality care for the elderly who cannot look after themselves.
A senior assisted living center is not your grandma’s nursing home. Most people use the term “assisted living” for all types of senior care, including a nursing home, an adult retirement community, senior living homes or something else altogether. However, if your loved one is in need of more support and care than your family can give, it is time to know your jargon.
This article explains the differences between two of the most important types of elderly care, assisted living and nursing homes. Although both these centers offer you many of the same facilities, two of the biggest difference between them is the level of medical care and independence.
December 10, 2018 in: Phoenix Assisted Living,
No one wants to leave their homes to live in a strange new place where they do not know anyone. This becomes a quandary when their loved ones realize their elderly relatives need daily care. They can no longer make the long trips to the bathroom, their neighborhoods may have become dangerous, or they have become isolated because many of their friends have moved or passed away.
The constant need for care can put a strain on families. For these people, assisted living is a great option. Today, assisted living facilities offer not just shelter and medical care, but also social interactions, gourmet food and even spa time.
Here are some of the reasons why you should opt for senior assisted living:
Your elderly loved ones may be easy targets for assailants or burglars if they live alone at home. They may fall down or have an accident at home with no one to help them. You may have to put up stairs or shower railings or medical alert system, which can be extremely expensive and certainly isn’t a guarantee against mishaps.
Senior assisted living centers provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for the elderly. These centers have been custom-made to fulfill the specific living requirements of the elderly, including wheelchair ramps, medical alert systems, surveillance cameras, easy accessibility to hospitals and are designed for senior mobility.
Assisted living centers are equipped with gym equipments and offer a variety of health and fitness programs, varying from zumba to tai chi to improve physical endurance. Their fitness and therapy programs especially cater to the medical conditions of senior citizens. Participating in these activities can reduce the symptoms of arthritis, improve circulation and keep their bodies active and engaged. These physical activities go way beyond what most families can provide at home.
Isolation is one of the biggest causes of depression in senior citizens, which can lead to poor health. Fortunately, senior assisted living centers offer the elderly various opportunities to socialize and get involved with people of their own age. Senior citizens work out, eat, listen to music, play cards and visit community events together and have people who can entertain them. Senior citizens soon find themselves mingling and having fun in the company of their peers.
As people age, their appetites diminish, they don’t want to cook, or they don’t want to eat alone. Assisted living provides elderly residents three meals a day, catering to their specific medical needs, such as diabetes, ulcer or those who have difficulty chewing or swallowing. The facility’s staff keeps an eye on their dietary habits to see if they need supplements. Some centers also offer kitchenettes where residents can cook their own meal. But best of all, they have a chance to eat in the communal dining hall with their peers.
Assisted living centers offer learning opportunities, including guest lectures by visiting academics, art classes, gardening, computer classes and book clubs. Some of these facilities are located near colleges so senior citizens can participate in cultural studies or attend courses.
A senior assisted living facility finds out what every individual senior citizen enjoyed in their lives and try to find something similar they can do at the center. It encourages elders to try different activities and offers them a chance to form friendship among peers. Although assisted living is not the answer to all senior citizens’ problems, it does contribute towards improving their quality of life, thus leading to a longer life expectancy. Here's a guide to help you decide when you may need to start looking for an assisted living facility in Phoenix.
December 03, 2018 in: Senior Health,
It is extremely painful to watch your parents become ill. If your parent is becoming mentally incapacitated, or the condition is terminal, they may want to give someone the right to handle their financial and medical dealings. This is where a power of attorney comes in.
A power of attorney is a legal document allowing a person, called a principal, to appoint an agent to act on their behalf and in their best interests in the event the principal becomes seriously injured or mentally incompetent.
However, there are a lot of myths and misconception about a power of attorney.
November 26, 2018 in: Phoenix Assisted Living,
According to Alzheimer’s Association, 5.7 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s in America. This disease kills 1 in 3 seniors, which is a high rate as compared to deaths from heart attacks. The reason you opt for an assisted living facility in Phoenix, AZ, is because your hectic schedule and lack of proper treatment tool does not allow you to give your loved ones the care they deserve.
November 19, 2018 in: Senior Health,
Meditation is a practice originating from the most ancient civilizations in the world. From the Vedas in primordial India to the Taoist China, meditation has long been around for thousands of years. Today, it is a staple part of Yoga exercises.
Since meditation is extremely beneficial, physically and mentally, it is now recommended for people of all ages, especially seniors in assisted living.
November 12, 2018 in: Senior Health,
In the human gut lives an entire community of microorganisms, belonging to a vast variety of different species. There are thousands of bacteria and fungi inside our intestines, which differ from each other more than an elephant does from an ant.
Health experts say a healthy balance of gut bacteria is essential to healthy aging, as an unhealthy mix can lead to obesity, depression, diabetes, and autoimmune disease.
Therefore, as you age, it becomes more important for you to take care of your gut microbiome to ensure a long, healthy life.
Yoga is a healthy practice of mind and body that helps you defy age! From a 5-year-old child to a 95-year-old man, anyone can do yoga and benefit from its effects. While yoga is beneficial for people of all age groups, it offers a distinct set of advantages to older adults. If you are a senior in assisted living, performing yoga daily can help you stay healthy and age gracefully.