Back when your parent was taking care of you, it was hard to imagine that one day you’ll help take care of them. Now that day is here, and you want to make the best senior care decision possible. But the decision to move your aging parent into an assisted living facility is never an easy choice. It may be the best care option available, but sometimes you can’t avoid feeling guilty and worried that they might resent your decision.
It’s natural for adult children to feel a sense of guilt for moving an elderly parent into a senior living solution. You’ll question whether you’re doing the right thing – Will they be happy? Will they be well cared for?
The most important thing to remember, is that it’s in the best interest of your parent and family. With all the advantages that assisted living facilities have to offer, here are six advantages of senior living communities that will help replace your guilt with peace of mind.
1. A Bigger Social Circle
If your parent is living at home on their own, there’s a chance that they can feel isolated or alone. But at a senior living community they’ll revitalize their spirit with a social network of their peers, group activities, games, outings, movie screenings, plays, and picnics. Many communities have assisted living services that provide support so your loved one can explore these activities. Before you know it, your loved ones may have more of a social calendar than you!
2. Home Sweet Home
It’s common for some people to have negative perceptions about assisted living facilities. The truth is many senior communities like Luther Manor are built with comfort and independence in mind. They look more like apartments or condominiums, making it easier for your loved one to move into. They’ll also have the freedom to add their own personal touches to their living space!
3. On-Site Help
While independent living is intended for those who don’t require a great deal of medical care, Life Plan Communities like Luther Manor have assisted living services and an on-site health care staff. This promotes healthy living solutions so residents like your parent can continue to prosper and prolong their good health through healthy eating options and exercise classes, to name a few. As your parent needs assistance with eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, assisted living options are there to give your parent the support they need while giving you peace of mind.
4. No More Chores
No matter what level of assisted living services are needed, home maintenance and chores can get in the way of your parent’s ideal lifestyle. Communities offer meal plans, housekeeping, and laundry service. While the idea is for your parent to remain as independent as possible, these services assist them in the daily activities they may have been neglecting at home.
5. Safe and Sound
When it comes to to assisted living facilities, the safety of your parent is always a top concern. With security systems and onsite personnel, you and your parent don’t have to worry about neighborhood break-ins or unwanted solicitors. Assisted living facilities provide 24-hour safety and security so day or night, help is only a phone call away if your parent needs assistance.
6. You Get to Be a Son/Daughter Again
If you’re the caregiver for your parent, it can be challenging to also maintain your parent-child relationship without help from assisted living services. But once the first five of this list become true, your Mom or Dad can be happy, engaged and safe. That way, you don’t need to play the role of caregiver. They get to be Mom or Dad. You get to be their kid again!
Find Quality Assisted Living Options at Luther Manor
No matter how desperately you may want to do everything possible to keep your parents in their home or find a way to provide the care they need in your home, this is not always an option. An aging parent may require specialized care or assisted living services that you are not able to provide or may need more support throughout the day than your work schedule will allow.
At Luther Manor, our assisted living options take a person-centered approach to help your parent thrive. We strive to give your parent the support they need to reach their highest level of independence. If you’re interested in learning more about how our assisted living services can help your family, contact us today. Our team of friendly professionals is happy to answer any questions you might have, so you can make a better senior care decision.