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The Importance of Visiting Family Members in Senior Living Communities

Moving a loved one into a senior living home is never an easy decision, so it’s important that you make a significant effort to help them feel at home by visiting them frequently. As they adjust to a new routine with different surroundings, they will look forward to the days that they get to see a familiar face. These visits allow you to monitor their health, keeps them socially connected, creates positive memories, and lets them know that you care.

 

Continue reading to see why visiting family members is so important! 

 

Evaluate Health, Safety, and Well-Being

If you have a loved one with an illness or chronic medical condition, it’s important to see them regularly to stay up to date with their health concerns. While you’re there, ensure that you ask them how they are managing with their medications, or if they need additional assistance with chores. During your visit, you can determine if they are sleeping well, eating nutritious meals, or if there are any concerns about their living environment. If you notice any changes with your loved one, talk with their care provider and doctor on how to proceed.

 

Create Positive Memories with Them

As we age, we face more significant life changes that can increase our chances of developing depression, isolation, reduced sense of purpose, fear, and anxiety, or untimely death. Visiting frequently helps to prevent these feelings and can help you to recognize the early signs of depression in your loved one. Give them something to look forward to and leave them feeling happy, even after you go. Take the time to plan your visit ahead of time to ensure that it’s a successful one!

 

Keep Them Socially Connected

Remaining socially active is just as important for seniors as it is for anyone else. Visiting your loved one can be a great opportunity to catch them up on what’s happening in your life and to ask them about theirs. Together you can share meaningful conversations about their past experiences. Feelings of loneliness and isolation among seniors can contribute to a decline in mental health, and an increased risk for illness, while social isolation can result in reduced social skills. They also have a four in five risk for hospitalization. Who knew social connection could be so beneficial for their health?

 

Show That You Care

It can be difficult to find time to spend with your loved one amidst your busy schedule but it doesn’t have to be an elaborately planned event. They appreciate the effort you make to stop in for a visit, so be sure that you have enough time to avoid being rushed. Your intention is everything. Go with a calming presence and be ready to encourage and listen to them. Try not to change the subject abruptly and after you speak to give them enough time to consider a response. Keeping these social connections strong will increase their self-esteem which is vital to their happiness

Whether you are looking for independent or assisted living, memory care, short term rehabilitation, or skilled nursing, we have a community to meet all of your needs! Visit our website to find out more about our lifestyle options.

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The Importance of Taking Medications as Prescribed

Seniors’ healthcare is a complex industry with many different methods of treatment for elderly patients who have certain needs or illnesses. If a person is suffering from an injury or is feeling unwell, doctors can recommend anything from specific exercises, seeing a specialist, having surgery, or most commonly, prescribing a specific medication to treat the imbalance from within.

 

There are major reasons why everyone should take their medications as prescribed, but this can be difficult for older individuals as their memory may have deteriorated over the years. Here’s why it’s so important and how we can help:

 

They Are Prescribed by a Doctor With Years of Experience

 

For a doctor to earn a medical license and legally treat patients, they need many years of experience. All of these years mean that your loved one’s doctor understands how the human body works and when problems can be solved with medication, surgery, or certain therapies.

Every person’s physiology and brain chemistry is different, so it might take a unique combination of medicine to control or treat your condition. Because healthcare providers and pharmacists are very knowledgeable, they will provide the most accurate suggestions to best handle your loved one’s concern.

 

Certain Medications Are Designed to Work Together

 

One of the great things about medicine is how different chemicals can work together to restore balance in our bodies. However, if a person decides to ignore even one of their medications, it can disrupt the delicate balance and lead to complications. 

Although it can be easy to think of some medications as more important than others, it’s crucial that your loved one trust their doctor’s recommendations and communicate any side effects experienced so that their prescriptions can be adjusted as needed.

 

You May Be Feeling Better Because of the Medication

 

Some might think, “I feel better now. I can stop taking my prescription.” While it is always important to be involved with your health care, we all need to understand that the reason this is happening is that the prescription is accurate and the recommended dose is working.

Sticking to prescribed medications may seem like a chore at times, but individuals should never abandon their medication without speaking to their doctor first.

Keeping track of and regularly taking medications can be difficult. That’s why we’re proud to offer personalized care to each and every one of our residents. Our medication management service can help you and your loved one mitigate any concerns relating to medication errors, overuse, and thorough quality reviews. Give our staff a call today at 800-783-7390 or visit us online to see how we can offer your family peace of mind for your loved one’s well-being.

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