More than just occasional loneliness, isolation and chronic loneliness can lead to severe health issues for many seniors. A lack of community can cause depression linked to chronic health issues such as dementia and heart disease, lead to unhealthy behaviors like smoking or abusing prescription medication, and even an increased risk of mortality. Personal Care Homes can help alleviate these feelings by having a surrogate family and close interaction with other people.
According to the AARP, more than 70 million Americans aged 50 and older have at least one chronic medical condition. With age, these chronic conditions require more care and the potential for a health crisis only increases. It is often better for a senior to be in a care setting where close monitoring is designed to possibly prevent a health crisis. Admittedly, that is not always possible and then it is really important to identify early signs and manage a health crisis which can be done in a personal care home.
Seniors with physical and cognitive decline start finding it difficult to manage their finances. Noticing unpaid bills, an increase in collection calls and a growing pile of debt despite adequate financial resources, may indicate it is time to make the move to assisted living. Seniors living on their own can also fall prey to financial scams that can put their retirement savings at risk.
Houses designed for healthy completely functional adults do not always work for seniors with decline in physical and mental acuity. From beautiful rugs becoming a tripping hazard to leaving stove, iron or shower left on without realizing can turn into tragedies. Not being able to get to a second-floor bedroom or to negotiate just one or two stairs to enter the main living area of the house can become a dangerous undertaking every time. A personal care home purpose built with accessibility in mind can help with these issues.
It goes without saying that cleanliness is crucial to overall health and wellness. Advanced age and frailty can make some seniors afraid to take baths, as most falls occur in the bathroom. Infrequent bathing and laundry, messy hair, dirty nails, and bad body odor all may indicate it is time to seek assisted living where care givers can assist with personal grooming in a safe and respectful manner.
In Golden Rule Senior Living, seniors live in an environment with friends and staff encouraging participation in social events. A personal care home with dynamic and diverse activity calendars with the opportunity for residents to meet new people, make new friends, take up new hobbies and do things they did not think were possible any longer.
Residents in assisted living need help with activities of daily living, which includes dressing, bathing, hygiene, medication assistance, and more. At Golden Rule Senior Living, a thorough assessment is done at the time of admission to make sure that needs are being met and each resident is receiving the attention they need and deserve. With a small caregiver to resident ratio, the resident needs can be met not only effectively and in a timely manner but can also protect each resident’s privacy and promotes dignity.
While Golden Rule Senior Living is a great place to receive customized care services, assistance is provided with an eye on independence – encouraging residents to do what they can when they can. We know that feeling of being engaged is a vital component of aging well and at Golden Rule Senior Living, we have a variety of ways of providing that feeling of engagement.
It is time to put aside the housework, yard work, and home maintenance. For at least some seniors, the burden of home ownership is possible – it just gets in the way. We understand that seniors have better things to do than to mow the lawn, fix a leaky faucet or clean their house. Golden Rule Care is hassle-free. Residents do not have to worry about the cleaning, the cooking, the maintaining. They are free to spend more time living, may be to pursue a lifelong interest. Making the move to Golden Rule Care means doing more of what you love.
Healthy residents are happy resident and meals in Golden Rule Senior Living are specifically created to benefit senior health. Cooking for yourself by yourself can grow challenging. With nutritious meals prepared by talented chefs, residents in Golden Rule Senior Living enjoy delicious meals that are not only good for health but taste good too. Also, elegant dining rooms encourage mealtimes with friends, making each dinner not just a meal but a fun social event. Invite friends and family members to enjoy a meal with you or celebrate a special milestone with loved ones in the private areas. Moving into assisted living allows you to celebrate the everyday often.
A move into assisted living is a move into a lifestyle that promotes healthy senior living and opens a plethora of options for the future if needs should change over time. Each resident has an individualized, custom care plan that is regularly evaluated by a medical team, ensuring that any change in health is noticed as it happens, resulting in early diagnosis and, inevitably, better treatment options.
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