For many seniors, there comes a time when they can no longer care for themselves independently. This is often a difficult realization for seniors and their families, as they remember the days when the senior was fully self-sufficient and usually the primary caregiver for the rest of the family.
When that dynamic flips and the senior is in need of care themselves, it can be a challenging adjustment period. Thankfully, there are several options available to help seniors transition into a lifestyle that retains some of their independence while providing them with the care that they now need.
Some seniors and their families will elect to try at-home care. This way the senior can remain in their home and in a comfortable, familiar setting. A caregiver will come to their home on a set schedule to help the senior. This could include light housekeeping, bathing and dressing, meal prep and exercise. For many, this option is the first step in the transition from being fully independent, but if a senior’s health continues to decline, they may need to move to a facility that can provide more care, or care that addresses medical needs.
Other seniors may decide that moving to an enriched living community is the best option.
The Wesley Community’s Enriched Living program in Saratoga Springs, for example, provides a supportive environment that can be tailored to meet a resident's personal needs. This includes stylish and efficient apartments with multiple floor plan options that come with a bedroom, living room, kitchenette and spacious bathroom.
One benefit to enriched living over at-home care is the socialization that can take place. Seniors are in a community with others who are in a similar place in their lives. Additionally, there are daily activities such as exercise, and social, cultural and education programs planned by an activities coordinator.
Enriched Living programs like the Wesley Community’s include three meals a day, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation and security. The community also strives to provide consistent caregivers, so seniors can build a personal relationship with those providing care, and so the caregiver can better recognize and address changes in health and behavior.
If a resident's needs increase, a higher level of personal care is available for people who require medication supervision and help with other daily activities such as bathing. Additionally, residents are able to transition to the Wesley Community nursing home if more comprehensive care is necessary.
The decision to move into a senior community can be a difficult one. But seniors and their families who do a thorough examination of the benefits often find the move does not signify an end, but rather extends the golden years in new, positive, worthwhile ways.