How Assisted Living Can Improve Your Life As a Senior

by Calyn Ehid
There are a lot of misconceptions about assisted living care. People immediately think that the cost is astronomical and that finding the right help can be extremely difficult. Both of these are untrue because assisted living can actually be quite affordable compared to a nursing home and with the growing number of assisted living care providers, finding one that fits your needs and your budget can be easier than you think. Choosing an aide can be one of the best things you do for yourself. You know what you are comfortable with so if you like kind, compassionate people, then hire a helper who has both of those qualities. If you prefer someone who is professional and straight-to-the-point, then you should hire someone who provides less bedside manner and a more professional attitude. Whatever makes you happier and more comfortable should be the decision you make.Choosing Assisted LivingThe older we get, the more difficult everyday tasks seem to become. A bad back can make showering painful and difficult. A forgetful mind can make remembering to take your daily medications frustrating and confusing. Stiff joints or painful arthritis can make preparing meals and cleaning up the kitchen afterwards a long and laborious task. When you have assistance in your home, these pesky tasks become simple again because a trained person will be doing them for you. Don’t be afraid to direct your helper in ways that make your life easier. There will be a learning period where the aide will get to know your preferences and dislikes. If he or she is doing something, such as a dressing you in a gruff manner or preparing meals that you don’t care for, make sure you speak up and let them know, in a kind way, how they can improve. They are supposed to be there to improve your life, not make it more difficult.In addition to the convenience, most elderly people prefer to stay in their own home with assistance instead of moving to a nursing home which can feel impersonal and cold. This provides them more freedom and a higher level of comfort. Also, assisted living can be a much more affordable option. Let’s highlight some more of the benefits of assisted living. 

Aids in Personal Maintenance

One of the main benefits of having assisted living care is that your caretaker will be able to help you with all your personal needs such as showering, washing your hair and face, going to the bathroom, brushing your teeth and even styling your hair. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless when it comes to necessary tasks and your caregiver is there to help you eliminate those fears. Just because you are getting older, doesn’t mean that you don’t care about your appearance. Choosing a stylish outfit, picking out matching accessories and styling your hair every morning might make you feel young again and your care provider is there to help make that happen.Next