When a person has spent most of his or her adult life constantly on the go, raising children, running them from one sports activity to another, trying to get in shape during midlife, going to the gym, hiking, swimming, spending time at the beach or on a vacation, and so on, they have a tendency to take that mobility for granted. As people get older, they may experience limited mobility and a number of other potentially serious health issues.
For seniors, assisted living is a wonderful option, but for some, it doesn’t come soon enough. They have a tendency to keep struggling on their own, feeling isolated and alone, and sometimes becoming exceedingly frustrated because they can’t do the same tasks as easily as they once could.
Here are four lessons about limited mobility and why assisted living is such a great option to consider.
Lesson #1: It’s tough.
There’s no simple way around this: suddenly having difficulty just getting out of bed or up and down stairs is difficult. It’s not only frustrating, it can be exhausting. What had once been such a simple thing to do might take many minutes and leave the elderly person completely drained of energy.
Lesson #2: As time marches on, support from family and friends is often less available.
Even for seniors who have adult children and other friends and family in the area, the longer they need help for (meaning months or years, rather than just a couple of hours every so often), the less available assistance is. That’s because people have their own lives they need to tend to.
Lesson #3: In many cases, the struggle will only build.
Mobility and strength decline the older a person is. Just because they may seem to be motivated, working with a physical therapist, or exercising regularly doesn’t mean they will maintain the same strength and balance they had in their younger years.
These struggles will only likely increase. Sure, some seniors will regain strength after a medical emergency, surgery, or injuries, but more often than not the challenges will build.
Lesson #4: Assisted living puts them in touch with peers dealing with the same challenges.
This is not about misery loving company, but rather about sharing life’s experiences with those who can truly understand what’s going on. When people choose assisted living, they not only have few responsibilities as far as general upkeep and maintenance living, they not only have few responsibilities as far as general upkeep and maintenance for their home, but they also have access to dedicated staff who can provide physical assistance and the opportunity to spend time with men and women their own age. Assisted living truly is a wonderful option for seniors with limited mobility.
For more information about senior housing in Alamo Heights, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.