When faced with leaving their homes and moving to a retirement home, most people are reluctant to do so, seeing such a step as a suggestion that they cannot look after themselves.
However, in reality, such a move can improve the lives of people, making them more enjoyable and healthy. The following are ways that people’s lives can definitely improve by moving to a retirement home.
Elderly people who live on their own often rely on friends and family members to make sure they are cared for and get to their medical appointments when necessary. However, if no one is available to take on this task, the person’s health can deteriorate rapidly.
Residing in a retirement home guarantees that residents are well looked after. This includes personal support workers helping with hygiene, nurses administering medications, and consulting physicians prescribing as necessary and attending to any ailments that may be present. As a result, one enjoys a much higher standard of care than if he/she lived alone or even with a loved one.
While elderly people probably enjoyed meaningful friendships throughout their lives, as they get older deaths occur, leaving them with no one to spend time with. Friends and family typically visit from time to time but these occurrences can be rare, leaving the person feeling bored and lonely.
When someone makes the move to a retirement home, they have no time to feel alone. Right away they are put into contact with other residence who they can talk about the good old days with. These are people they can eat meals and visit with all day, every day. In doing so, a person can make new, lasting relationships with people that they have a lot in common with.
As stated previously, elderly people who reside alone often rely on friends and family members to visit them at their home since they may be sick or their mobility may be limited. When no one visits it can mean boredom.
In addition to meeting new friends at a retirement home, there are always activities to participate in as well. These can include entertainment nights, movie nights, dances, cards, exercise classes, and many other extracurricular activities. Participating in such fun activities means a resident will have full, enjoyable days with little time to be bored.
When living with others and raising a family, people are used to cooking full, nutritious meals for everyone present. However, when one is elderly and resides alone, he/she often loses the ambition to cook even for himself/herself, often resorting to meals that do not provide the nutrients needed or skipping meals altogether.
A retirement home offers full meals for all residents, ensuring that each person gets three meals a day consisting of vegetables, meats, dairy, and grains that compose a healthy diet. Healthy snacks are also available throughout the day in case people get hungry between meals. As a result, residents eat enough to stay healthy and have the strength to fight off illness and disease.
Elderly people who live independently face ever-present threats to their safety and security. Sharp objects can cause serious injuries, stairs can lead to serious falls, and they are always susceptible to break-ins and thefts.
A retirement home has many features that allow a resident to be safe. Locked units keep outside threats at bay and people with diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are prevented from leaving and putting themselves in danger. Personal support workers, nurses, and administrative staff are on hand around the clock to tend to resident’s needs and ensure they are safe at all times. This is obviously preferred over leaving a resident to his/her own devices where no one is available in cases of emergency.