Three Lessons You Could Learn by Your Mother at Assisted Living
Your mother is going to be moving to assisted living. This might have been a difficult decision for her, and one both of you argued about several times. You may be one of those people who aren’t yet sure if this is the right thing for her, but you are hopeful.
In truth, assisted living is the best senior care option available to aging men and women who want to live independently, but no longer wish to deal with the responsibilities of upkeep, cleaning, and general maintenance of the home or apartment and who may need some type of assistance, even if it is only once in a while, with Activities of Daily Living.
You may be convinced that your mother is about to learn a great deal about assisted living. In truth, you might very well learn something, too.
Below are three lessons you just might learn from your mother after she moves into assisted living.
1. It truly is a wonderful option.
Maybe you assumed this was a good option, but a wonderful one? In reality, assisted living is one of the best senior care options any elderly man or woman can choose.
It’s not just a great option because it gives you some time to yourself (finally), but it provides a higher quality of life — or at least the option of that — for each resident. What an elderly person gets out of a quality assisted living community is essentially what they put into it.
If your mother is going to sit in her room with the door closed each and every day, looking out the window, curling up in bed, sitting in a chair and watching TV, then that’s not going to be much different than living at home alone, is it?
However, if your mother is going to explore the facility, take part in the various activities, enjoy camaraderie with other seniors her own age, who share common interests, then she is going to smile more, have a better outlook on life, and enjoy a higher quality of life.
2. She can manage just fine.
A lot of adult children and others who support aging men and women during a time of need think that individual is just not going to be able to handle assisted living or a change like this without them.
What you will discover is your mother can do just fine. The staff at a quality assisted living facility are going to be responsive, experienced, and compassionate. They will offer your mother everything you offered, and perhaps even more because they are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
3. You will have time for yourself again.
Most family caregivers give up a lot to support their aging loved ones. You may not have seen it or noticed it at first, but eventually you may have set aside your friendships, hobbies, physical activities, work, and maybe your own personal relationships (like with your spouse, partner, or others).
You will have time for those things again, thanks to your mother’s decision to choose a wonderful senior care option: assisted living.