Senior living may involve having people come to their home to take care of them, or moving into an assisted living facility. People often wonder what type of care their loved ones will experience in an assisted living facility- we’ve written this to answer this very common question. People are often concerned and want to understand who will be taking care of their parent, friend, or relative. There are different types of care that one will receive in a senior living facility. Some people may end up in a companionship role with an elder, whereas someone else may be strictly business making sure they get their meds on time, are eating enough, and are bathing regularly. In a senior assisted living facility, all staff members will be trained specifically to care for elders, something which is very different then other types of caregiving as there are often many extraordinary circumstances: memory loss, difficulty seeing or hearing, complex health issues. What makes this such a challenging atmosphere is that each person will have different needs, and the caregivers need to understand how to give care to people with all of these different needs. For example, someone who is going blind will need very different assistance then someone who suffers from memory loss. Caring for the elderly can be a challenge- and it’s a challenge that the staff members at an assisted living facility dedicate their lives to each and every day. If you are putting a parent or other loved on into such a facility, this is an important thing to remember. This is not an easy or glamorous job for those who are doing it. Staff will be well trained to do the following:
- Determine individual needs and what help is needed: This is something that will happen when one checks in and periodically from that point forward. It is important that caregivers have a deep understanding of each residents individual needs.
- Build in plenty of time for rest and relaxation: Caregivers understand that seniors need a lot of down time, and they are trained to not pressure anyone into activities, and to even encourage people to participate less if they feel they are exerting themselves too much. They know what to look for in terms of whether someone is being too reclusive, or doing too much.
- Ask about their preferences: This one is very important- caregivers at assisted living facilities know the importance of talking to the residents regularly to ask them about their particular preferences. Is there a food item they miss? Is there bed comfortable enough? Do they enjoy the activities? Is there anything else that they feel is missing from their experience? Giving elderly residents the power to discuss their preferences and to feel like they are heard is very important in a senior living situation. Seniors want to feel empowered and like they are still in charge of their own lives, but also to feel like they are being properly cared for in a non-demeaning way. It takes a certain type of caregiver to meet these unique needs and to interact and help seniors to feel happy, healthy, and fulfilled in their senior years. To learn more about caregivers at assisted living facilities, come for a visit at MorningStar Senior Living.