The benefits of care home
Whether you are a senior faced with the natural consequences of aging or a family member responsible with the adequate care of a senior, deciding to choose a care home is nothing short of difficult and sometimes painful. Not few are the myths surrounding senior facilities, which may cast a negative light on the impact of living there, as concerns a senior’s dignity and mental stability. But these are just myths that have nothing to do with the services provided by licensed adult care homes, nowadays.
Differences between care homes and other care facilities
Adult care homes are radically different than nursing homes, hospices or other types of retirement facilities, involving a series of clear advantages. First of all, the nature of services provided in a typical care home targets a certain type of aged individuals, who are not in need of skilled, extensive nursing on a daily basis. Secondly, as most care homes are established in residential houses, with small capacity, and managed by the owner family itself or a live-in manager, the amount of intimacy is significant. Therefore, the small community built in a care home allows for a greater sense of attachment and familiarity between residents themselves and between them and the care giving family.
Also, let’s not forget about the freedom inherent to the highly personal approach allowed by this type of care. Residents are not only allowed, but encouraged to continue with their habits and activities from home, to bring a reasonable amount of objects and furnishings with them, and in some cases are even allowed to bring pets. They are also given the chance to make schedule changes according to their needs and wishes, in order to keep a routine that feels comfortable.
Speaking of comfort, this is another great aspect to have in mind when making this decision. Aging often brings more weakness and less ability for the elder to fulfill tasks of self-care, house-keeping and to use transportation, among others. A trained caregiver can assist or fully cover all or a number of these activities, which leads to less frustration and more freedom for the elder. Facilities typically included in care homes are adjusted to a number of mobility conditions, so being in a wheelchair or using a walker does not weigh anything on the resident’s adjustment.
The meals provided in care homes are usually home-cooked, very nutritious and can be adapted to specific dietary requests. Seniors under certain medication can also be, upon request, assisted in taking the medication regularly and correctly, which is most important for recovery or health maintenance. Personal hygiene, dressing, incontinence are also among the services available in any care home.
The social factor involved in such a home setting is also crucial, as it is a proven fact that persons from the same age group, with similar problems and interests are likely to form relationships that improve their life quality. A care home gives you just that: a friendly environment, where interaction and recreation are supported and where all difficult tasks are completed by trained caregivers.