Family often wants to be there for an aging parent, grandparent, or other loved one who is having struggles just taking care of themselves. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. As people move to different regions of the country, even around the world, it becomes increasingly difficult for some adult children and other family members to offer the level of support and assistance an elderly person may need. That’s where assisted living can be instrumental at providing support.
It’s not enough to ‘want’ to be there.
Having an attitude of, “I would love to do more, but I can’t,” may offer platitudes and it can be emotionally reassuring to the person who needs assistance right now, but it does nothing for their physical requirements. If an aging senior has difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, feels unsafe and therefore avoids taking a shower or even a bath, receiving a phone call from their adult daughter who lives a thousand miles away to check in on them isn’t going to help.
Some people may be able to rely on other types of in-home services, but if they are living alone, if they feel the pressing constriction of loneliness all around them, if they essentially wait around for each day to end, now would be the time to talk about assisted living.
Sometimes, family is in the area, but it’s still not enough.
An adult child, sibling, or even spouse may be able to offer encouragement, but what if that senior who needs help every day is feeling lonely, lost, and frustrated because he or she is no longer capable of doing the activities they used to take for granted?
Assisted living offers incredible and rich rewards for those who look into it and discover the benefits it offers. Not every facility is the same, but a quality assisted living community should offer comfortable quarters, friendly residents, a great dining facility, quality entertainment, and possibly other activities that its residents can partake in on a daily or almost daily basis.
Many seniors, even those who had trepidations and concerns about assisted living, often admit it was one of the best decisions they could have made. That’s because they are suddenly surrounded by peers their own age, many of whom share common interests, and it almost instantly improves quality of life.
It’s great to want to be there for somebody, especially a family member, but as life has so many challenges already, it’s not always enough. That’s where assisted living comes into play.
For more information about senior housing in Hollywood Park, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.