Making the decision to place a loved one in an independent senior living facility is never easy. There is often a great deal of guilt and sadness over not being able to take care of your elderly mom or dad on your own, but the truth is that many families look to senior living facilities when they simply don’t have the time or resources to keep their loved one at home.
But senior living facilities don’t have to generate negative feelins — they can also be a source of excitement for potential residents. These homes come equipped with plenty of activities, social events, and excursions that your loved one may not be able to do in your home.
So before you discount independent living centers, why not consider some of the benefits?
- Friendship. One of your main concerns may be that once you move your parent into a senior living home, he or she will not be able to make as many friends. But in the 16,100 facilities in the U.S., there are about 900,000 seniors living in these communities. So, you have nothing to worry about — with the social events and community gatherings, your parent will likely find plenty of new friends.
- Food. You may equate the food at senior living facilities with that of a hospital – dull, tasteless, and inadequate, but this is not the case. In some senior independent living homes, residents can choose from a few different restaurants. One may offer Italian cuisine, while another will feature classic American dishes. Residents are treated to at least three meals a day, as well as snacks. There is plenty of delicious food to go around.
- Excursions. What better way to keep your elderly loved one active than taking him or her out on the town? You may not have the time to do this because you are working or dealing with your family, but in a senior home, all the residents have the opportunity to go to the mall, see historic landmarks, and explore the city. The home often provides buses or larger passenger vans for day trips that seniors can sign up for. This offers residents a way to have fun outside of the facility on a regular basis.
These perks are all ones that you won’t likely have the time to provide for your parent, but are critical to keeping him or her moving and active. After some research into the best facility, you will probably find that the benefits and advantages of these facilities outweigh the downsides. References.
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