When we found out that my mom was experiencing signs of dementia, we didn't take the news lightly. We were concerned about her well-being, and I knew that she couldn't keep living on her own. To keep her safe, I decided to enroll her in a nursing home that specialized in mental health care. She was concerned about the change at first, but as soon as she moved in, she only had positive things to say about her new digs. She loved the ability to get in touch with doctors the same day, and she was even able to make a few friends along the way. This blog is all about keeping your parents safe, happy and healthy.
Most people are all too aware of the medical benefits assisted living offers aging seniors who need a little assistance to get through their daily lives. You may not, however, know about the social benefits living in an assisted living community can offer seniors and the positive impact this assistance can have on their health. These are just a few of the social benefits senior assistance in an elderly care center has to offer.
Daily Opportunities to Socialize with Others
One of the great things about assisted living communities is that many of the people living in them share interests, backgrounds, and histories that give them the foundation to build new relationships quickly. Humans are social creatures. Living in such close quarters and having opportunities to meet others is much better for the emotional health of aging adults than being isolated at home.
From public spaces to cafeterias (or dining rooms) and countless other options during the day, assisted living facilities offer abundant social opportunities for seniors.
Grooming and Personal Care Assistance to Build Confidence
One of the most difficult aspects of aging is the loss of the ability to care for one's self in the way you are accustomed to. From styling hair and dressing to more intimate care, like bathing, the inability to do these things can lead to feelings of shame and self-imposed isolation. In an assisted living community, aging adults get the assistance they need to face others with confidence and without fears or shame.
Scheduled Activities to Bring Groups Together
Depending on the assisted living facility you choose, there are likely to be many scheduled activities planned throughout the day, every day, to provide opportunities for residents to get to know your neighbors. Things like ice cream socials, movie nights, book clubs, art classes, and even daily Tai Chi programs give you an opportunity to fill your mind, move your body, and get to know those who live in your community.
Volunteer Opportunities and Transportation
Many assisted living communities offer numerous opportunities for residents to volunteer and even provide transportation for their efforts. This offers even greater opportunities to socialize and contribute to the community. It boosts personal confidence, provides a sense of purpose, and can even improve overall health and wellness.
As you can see, seniors who live in assisted living communities experience greater opportunities to socialize and meet new people than many who remain isolated at home. The benefits of this increase in social opportunities are incredible.
Contact a local assisted living facility to learn more about your options.