Being an Independent Senior

A_couple_on_a_cycling_trek_on_banks_of_Rhine_River(Germany)The term independent senior living usually brings to mind a senior living in a retirement community without the need for assistance with daily activities. However, being an independent senior living in a retirement community can mean so much more than just not needing help bathing in the morning.

When you move into a retirement community, you are also ridding yourself of the burden of having a mortgage, property taxes, lawns to mow, roofs to repair, and all the other responsibilities that come with owning a home. Senior housing retirement communities can provide real independence and the ability to enjoy retirement to the fullest. We can help you find the perfect one for your needs, call us today at 386-299-5838.

 

Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

imagesWhen you have decided to start looking at assisted living facilities for your new home, Your Senior Link can help make your search easier. We have information on assisted living homes in Volusia and Flagler.  Helping you find just the right new place to call home is our goal and we will be with you each step of the way.

We can help match you with the kind of assisted living facility you want and need with the level of activities that you are comfortable with. Whether you are looking for active retirement communities with help available when needed, or need help every day, we will help you find just what you need to live a happier, more worry free life. Call us today at 386-299-5838 to get started today.

 

Look-forward-to-meals1A typical morning for seniors in an assisted living facility starts at whatever time they wake up and are helped to the bathroom, getting dressed, and taking their prescribed medications. Then, they will eat their breakfast in a dining room setting.

After breakfast, activities such as exercise programs, entertainment, classes in art or music, or a variety of other things they are interested in may be offered. Some may prefer to do things on their own, such as go for a walk, watch TV, do puzzles, or play cards.

Then comes a nutritious lunch, which again is served in a dining room setting. Usually this meal is the main meal of the day and all are expected to attend.

Afternoons and Evenings at the ALF

In the afternoons, residents will receive visits from their doctor, family members or friends. Often a group outing will be planned by the staff to take the residents on a shopping trip, out to a restaurant for a meal or another fun activity. Residents could also use this time as free time, taking a nap or otherwise enjoying their day.

In the late afternoon the assisted living facility may bring in a music program or speaker to talk to the residents or they can socialize until it is dinner time, which is likely going to be served between 5 or 6 pm. Then, it’s time for winding down with showers, bedtime preparation, evening medications and the residents then can choose what time to go to bed.

What a typical day in an assisted living facility consists of all depends on both the resident and the facility itself, so choosing the right type of assisted living facility for your loved one is vital. Most provide a range of activities so that residents can be as active as they want. Some residents bring their car and can come and go as they please.

Soldiers from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, give a round of applause to Dorothy Grogan as she is named the first Ms. Magnolia Manor, Friday, at the Magnolia Manor assisted living community as part of Senior Citizens’ Week. Sledgehammer soldiers escorted the contestants down the runway and during the evening attire portion of the pageant.

Soldiers give a round of applause to assisted living facility resident for winning the beauty pageant. 

An assisted living facility will offer residents privacy and comfort in a home-like setting, as well as access to appropriate health care services available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

An assisted living facility is a good choice for senior citizens when they may need help with daily tasks or don’t choose to live alone anymore. There are assisted living facilities located in communities all over the US in places like Daytona Beach or Glenwood, Florida, as well as in other countries.

Studies have shown that of the typical resident in an assisted living facility about three quarters are female. More than half are over 85 years old, while about a tenth of them are younger than 65 years of age. The main activities that assisted living facility offer residents include bathing, dressing, eating and transferring themselves from one place to another such as from a wheelchair onto the toilet. These assisted living facilities also provide medication management.

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Dealing with Dementia

Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is something which not only effects the patients, but also their loved ones. While they are medically different, they have many common characteristics. Progressive cognitive decreasing of abilities is a part of it, which leads to difficulties in doing even normal day to day tasks. Helping in this area, perhaps would be like helping anyone with disability, but there is a much more deeper and darker part of Dementia. The people who are suffering or progressing into dementia are often, depressed or confused. There is sometimes deep paranoia. The result is often inappropriate or even highly confrontational and violent. Dealing with that is often very difficult but understanding that your loved one is not doing it on purpose and just gently work with them will help. This takes a great amount of patience and love. Often they would be confused about where they are or may make poor judgment calls. But in all this, it is important not to argue with them but gently guide them in the right direction or gently change the topic.

Assisted living facilities can offer great peace of mind to the loved ones of those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Moving to senior apartments doesn’t mean living in a nursing home. You are not a patient in assisted living facility, but a resident who always has help and assistance at their disposal in dealing with these difficult diseases. Senior assisted living can provide help around the house when you are no longer up to the daily tasks and can make life easier.