5 Reasons Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities
When seniors move into a senior living community, it’s not unusual for family members to note positive changes in their parents’ physical and mental health.
Senior living communities foster health benefits that your senior parent may not be able to realize on her own. Among them:
- Nutritious meals: As she’s gotten older, Mom may have little interest in preparing meals, especially if she’s cooking for one. Physical ailments—such as arthritis or poor vision—as well as memory issues and confusion may also lessen her ability to get the nutrition she must have to stay healthy. However, in a senior living community, she will have access to healthy, well-balanced meals on a daily basis—without the need to cook or clean up. If she has special dietary needs, the community can cater to them.
- Exercise opportunities: Even the most committed seniors may forgo exercise if they live on their own, especially if aches and pains, a lack of companionship, or poor weather conspire against them. As a resident of a senior living community, however, your mother will have many opportunities to exercise in a safe and supervised environment. The community’s wellness director can work with her to develop a plan of activities that help her maintain strength, balance, and cardio fitness. Exercise classes in the community also fulfill an important social need: The friendship, encouragement, and fun of group exercise can prompt her to keep coming back—even on those days she might otherwise skip it.
- Mental health and social stimulation: Seniors who live on their own are at risk of isolation and depression. In the senior living setting, however, your mom will have the chance to meet others and make friends, participate in hobbies and activities, and attend lively social events. Social stimulation will help her stay engaged with others, and can have a stimulating effect on her mental health and happiness.
- Everyday support: While she may not yet require full- or part-time assistance with everyday activities, your mom will likely welcome the support that a senior living community offers. A nurse, for example, may take routine blood pressure readings or manage her prescriptions. Housekeeping will help keep her residence tidy and more healthful; maintenance crews will change burned out light bulbs or fix things that are broken so she won’t stress about repairs. And the entire staff at the community can provide an “extra set of eyes” to help monitor how your mom is doing on a daily basis.
- Safety assurances: If your elderly mother falls at home, she may not be able to summon the help she needs in an emergency. She also may grow fearful of living in the family home by herself. But in a senior living community, her safety and security needs will be met. Well-lit hallways, building security systems, grab bars in the bathrooms, sprinkler systems, and more all can add to her peace of mind and enhance her well-being.
North Oaks offers care, support, and services that can benefit your parent. Talk to experts at our community to learn more about how seniors can improve their wellness and maintain their quality of life at North Oaks.