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January 9, 2020

5 Ways Moving to Senior Living Can Make Your Loved One Happier

Making the decision to move to senior living isn’t easy. More than likely, you’re weighing a variety of factors such as cost, location, and ultimately, is your loved one ready to make this move. To help you during this process, we’ve compiled a list of the five ways moving to senior living can make your loved one happier. 

1. They receive assistance with activities of daily living. 

It’s no secret that as we get older, we may need more assistance with daily tasks such as personal hygiene (bathing, grooming, and dressing), and maintenance and cleaning of our homes. When a loved one is unable to manage or feels overwhelmed by these tasks, it can take a toll on their physical and mental health. 

You may find that even though your loved one is having issues with activities of daily living, they don’t want to move because they feel like they’d be giving up their independence. However, that’s not the case. By moving to senior living, your family member will receive the assistance they need to lead a happier and healthier life. They will no longer have to worry about skipping showers because they have a fear of falling, or tripping over a hazard because they can’t keep their homes neat and tidy. 

2. They won’t have to worry about cooking. 

While cooking may seem like a simple task, it can quickly turn complex as we age—along with deciding and catering to nutritional needs.  Healthline writes, “Aging is linked to a variety of changes in the body including muscle loss, thinner skin, and less stomach acid. Some of these changes can make seniors prone to nutrition deficiencies, while others can affect senses and quality of life.” 

When your loved one moves to senior living, they won’t need to stress over grocery shopping, cooking, or eating healthy. The culinary team at the community can accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions, and your family member will have the option to choose from a variety of different foods that appeal to their taste palate.  

At Provision Living,we offer restaurant-style dining, which means residents can choose from different meals on the menu; this is in addition to their three meals per day. We also provide options for residents to eat when they would like instead of eating at an assigned time. 

3. They make new friends. 

Connections are important as we mature. Between loved ones moving away and the death of close friends, feelings of isolation and depression can slowly creep in. According to whereyoulivematters.org, “The emotional state of loneliness has physical consequences that can be devastating, especially in seniors. For example, people with few social connections, or who feel lonely, have a 29% higher risk of heart disease and 32% higher risk of stroke.” 

Senior living can quickly eradicate those feelings because it provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with fellow residents during daily activities, as well as attend local attractions like the zoo, movies, or parks.  

4. They receive the proper care. 

If your elder lives on their own, a minor health concern can grow into a medical emergency—especially if there isn’t anyone else around to constantly check on them. This can cause uneasiness for you and your loved one. 

When your family member moves to senior living, they will receive an individualized care plan, which is tailored to their health needs. At Provision Living communities,each resident apartment has easy-access to pull chords in case of an emergency. In addition, we offer Foresite Technology to help monitor the health of our residents. Foresite can be used as an early indicator of declining health as it detects subtle changes in seniors’ health that can sometimes go undetected.

5. They won’t have to worry about keeping track of bills. 

If your family member lives on their own, they may have a pile of bills to go through every month. Between the phone, rent/mortgage, electricity, and medical bills, it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. 

Moving to senior living eliminates that burden by providing standardized billing every month. Some communities have pricing that resembles a monthly lease, like an apartment, based on the specific unit style. Additionally, some communities offer an all-inclusive pricing model, which helps older adults, and your family, confidently plan for the cost associated with senior living services. 

If you want your loved one to be healthier and happier this year, why not consider moving to a senior living community? Wherever you are in your journey, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Connect with one of our care consultants today. 

 

References 

How Your Nutritional Needs Change as You Age

Senior Loneliness: How it impacts health, and what to do about it

 

About the Author 

Aleshia serves as the digital and social media manager for Provision Living Senior Communities. Her strength is in developing digital marketing strategies, streamlining content, and enhancing digital engagement. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and a master's degree in communication arts from Webster University.