Benefits of Assisted Living: How It Can Make You and Your Parents Happier and Healthier

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The number of senior citizens, ages 65 and older, is expected to be close to 100 million by the year 2060. And their share of the total population is projected to go from 16% in 2018 to 23% in 2060.

That means there will be fewer younger people having to provide care for more seniors, many of whom will need help with day-to-day living. If you’re in this situation with your parents, you might find it hard to juggle your career, family, and other responsibilities while caring for your parents at the same time.

Assisted living can help ease that pressure. Let’s look at some of the benefits of assisted living.

24/7 Care and Assistance

One of the biggest challenges for many seniors is being able to take care of themselves and their homes. When your parents move into an assisted living facility, day-to-day tasks like cooking and cleaning will get handled for them.

This means you won’t have to do all that extra work and your parents won’t have to risk injuring themselves by doing things they’re no longer up to dealing with.

Stay Independent

While a lot of routine work gets done for them, residents in assisted living facilities still have plenty of independence. If they don’t require constant nursing care, they’re free to come and go and they please.

One of the nice things about assisted living is that your parents will still have their own suite where they can get plenty of privacy when they wish.

But if they want to socialize with other people, there’s plenty of opportunities.

Being Around Other People

Living in an assisted living facility means there are always plenty of other people close by. The other residents are likely reasonably close to the same age, providing opportunities to socialize with new people.

This can be especially important for single seniors. If their mobility is declining or they don’t have many friends nearby, seniors can live a lonely life.

Plenty of Free Time

Because so many routine chores are taken care of, people tend to have more free time when they live in assisted living. Most facilities offer activities for the residents, so they have choices in how to use that free time as well.

Healthy and Nutritious Meals

Another common issue as people age is that they don’t get proper nutrition in their diet. They may not feel up to cooking and end up eating quick and easy meals that may not be very healthy.

This can have a bit of a snowball effect by making them feel worse. Most assisted living facilities provide meals for the residents so they’ll be getting well-rounded, nutritious menu options.

One of the Best Benefits of Assisted Living – Peace of Mind

It can be a tough decision to move your parents into assisted living but the peace of mind you’ll have is one of the best benefits of assisted living.

You’ll feel better because your parents will be getting the support they need to stay healthy and safe and they’ll quite likely feel better as well. It can be stressful for them to feel like they’re a burden on their family so having someone else support them can help you both.

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