Family members that have to provide as a caregiver can feel a complicated array of emotions. This can be a very time and energy consuming role, so it’s beneficial to think of what’s best for you and your parent. In most cases it’s best to leave your parents care up to a skilled professional, lessening the burden on yourself.
A step such as this can be difficult and allowing yourself to feel okay about the decision. Learn the steps to take to feel better about this decision and minimizing guilt.
Reasons Why Moving Your Parent Into Senior Living is Best
Doing this isn’t only lessening your burden, but providing your parent with quality care as well:
Leave It to The Professionals
At a senior living home people are trained to work with aging seniors. They can provide the best care with a specific skill set needed to care for your loved one. Unless you’re a nurse or doctor you weren’t trained in how to perform certain tasks of care giving. You may know you’re loved one better, but there are skills that they are able to provide that you don’t have.
Self-care Should Come First
You can’t give the best care If you forget to take care of yourself. Taking care of your health should be top priority. The care you provide for your loved one will lack if you’re sick or stressed out. To be fully there for your parents you need to have good physical and mental health.
Multiple people for One Caregiver
At a senior living community there are multiple people to take care of your loved one, opposed to just you. The care is taken on by multiple people, so one person isn’t overwhelmed. It’s unrealistic for one person to carry the entire burden of giving care to your loved one. It becomes unmanageable to take care of the responsibilities in your own life, being a caregiver is a full-time job. Don’t be so hard on yourself and accept the help from others.
In a senior living community there are multiple people on different shifts caring for your loved one. This disperses the care allowing them to give it their all during that time. This makes their workload more manageable, opposed to one person trying to do everything.
Easier Access to Medical Professionals
Doctors and nurses are professionals in recognizing changes in your loved one’s behavior that you might miss. They can assess the situation at a professional level and decide what’s best for your loved one.
It provides a safer environment having access to doctors and nurses that can provide medical knowledge regularly.
Provides A Social Aspect that One Person Can’t
Socializing becomes difficult as we age and the lack of opportunities can lead to depression. It can be nice for your loved one to have you around, but you can’t be their only access to socialization. This can become a large burden to carry, trying to fulfill their social needs. Senior living facilities provide an easier outlet to large social circles.
They are surrounded by people everyday that could become their friends. Senior Living facilities provide classes and activities making it easier to meet people, stay active, and be social.
Reno Valley Assisted Living and Retirement Community
Reno Valley is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.