As many individuals age, there might come a time when living alone begins to present challenges. Perhaps normal activities of daily living become too hard to accomplish without help. Or the amount of required assistance suddenly exceeds that which a family caregiver can adequately provide. In those cases, it may be time to consider a move to assisted living.
From our experience, we know that some older adults feel put off by the term “assisted living.” The phrase could conjure up concerns about being perceived as helpless for someone unfamiliar with the services. But as people learn more, they begin to recognize how they might benefit from assisted living. Here, then, is some information you might find helpful.
From our expert vantage point at Sunset Communities, one thing appears obvious when it comes to individuals making senior living decisions: that is, most older adults prefer maintaining independent lifestyles for as long as their overall health allows. But while many seniors might appreciate assistance with routine household chores, some require help with essential aspects of daily activity. For those reasons, Sunset offers both independent and assisted living options on its Toledo and Sylvania campuses.
Picking an assisted living facility for an aging loved one is hard. We know because we regularly field questions from family members struggling to make the right choices.
Caregivers, this one is for you. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding caregiving-related injuries and emotional tolls.
Providing care for older adults is a rewarding line of work—albeit a sometimes demanding one. That’s why we love what we do at Sunset. However, we know that not all caregivers are trained professionals. Many people serve as informal caregivers to their loved ones. We recognize that for those individuals, the physical and emotional requirements of caregiving can prove extra challenging. Indeed, 38 percent of family caregivers describe their roles as highly stressful.
Moving into a new home is usually exciting, but it can sometimes prove emotionally challenging. The process involves abandoning parts of your past—and leaving a place where you made countless memories. Moving to an assisted living facility can be additionally tricky because it means acknowledging that we're getting older and that we might require help with certain activities.
Contemplating a move from your own home to an assisted living community involves significant consideration. The transition often means dealing with emotional issues and facing unknowns. Making an informed decision becomes even more difficult when you have misinformation.
By 2020, the national average cost for a private room in a nursing home is projected to be approximately $9,000 per month. At that rate, an extended stay in a long-term care facility could drain a person’s savings in a hurry. There are insurance products that help pay long-term care costs. But premiums can be expensive, and the policies often limit the types of care covered.
In the early 1990s, Bill and Julie Thomas began developing a new approach to elder care. Their cutting-edge method, now known as The Eden Alternative, gave nursing home residents greater privacy, independence, and control over their lives. With the goal to improve the wellbeing of older adults, The Eden Alternative aims to eliminate what Bill Thomas calls the “three plagues” commonly found in senior living facilities: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.