There are several different kinds of elder care facilities, which are typically designated for people 55 years of age or older. The types of facilities include independent and assisted living communities, nursing homes, and memory care units. For many people, there is a negative stigma that’s associated with entering an elder care facility. For that reason, many people are hesitant to enter them, even though there are tons of benefits to entering an elder care facility. So, it’s good to have an idea of the benefits offered by these facilities and the elder care service that is offered. Here are just a few of those benefits:
They Offer Peace of Mind
One of the most important things that an elder care facility offers someone and their family is peace of mind. These facilities generally offer around the clock services, such as a care guardian, to make sure that residents are taken care of in the instance of an emergency. They also offer several services on site, such as crisis management and anxiety counseling, to help transition into the community. Peace of mind extends beyond knowing that there are people who are there if need be, but also have a plan for a person’s long term healthcare, as is the case in elder care facilities that offer counseling and life care planning.
They Offer Services that Can’t be Found at Home
A good elder care facility offers several services that aren’t available at home and would typically require traveling to separate facilities. For elderly people, this can be a challenge, especially if they have issues related to their transportation. However, this is an issue wiped away by the services offered at an elder care facility. Some of these services include life care planning, healthcare advocacy, wellness programs, healthcare expertise including experts in age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s, housing coordination, and crisis management. All these and more services being offered keeps all of the care that you may need in one spot. It limits the difficulties associated with transportation and makes for an easier living experience.
They Keep You with Contemporaries
It may seem like a small thing to a lot of people, but elderly care facilities, particularly independent and assisted living communities, offer a space to exist with one’s contemporaries. This makes it easier to build friendships, and not feel isolated when moving into an elder care facility. Not only does this benefit someone during their transition to the community, but it helps them long term because these friendships will help to keep a person active in their day to day life, leading to a healthier lifestyle than a person would otherwise have in a community where they don’t know anyone.
They Make Living Easier
When you move into an elder care facility, daily tasks like chores are generally taken care of by the facility. This means that landscaping and housekeeping won’t be necessary for residents of a community. For many people, this means that they don’t have to take on these chores and tasks that give them difficulties. While mowing the lawn might be how some people choose to remain active, others aren’t able to do it physically. Taking care of these chores relieves a great deal of stress for residents and gives them more free time to spend as they wish, including getting to know other community residents, taking care of their health, and staying active in other ways such as using a wellness center.
Life care planning can be anxiety-inducing for both those who are being planned for, as well as their loved ones. Entering an elder care facility is a massive decision, but it’s one that will ease the anxiety that comes from elder care planning. By relieving that anxiety, and offering several additional benefits, elder care facilities are a resource to be taken advantage of when necessary.