When you think about assisted living, do you ever think about it in terms of just short-term care? Most people, when they hear the term ‘assisted living’ will assume it is something full-time, something an aging senior has to commit to for months and months, maybe even years.
In truth, while not all assisted living facilities will offer it, respite care can be a benefit for many reasons. For an assisted living community that may offer temporary, short-term stays or even overnight options, it would allow an elderly person to be surrounded by experienced staff members in case they need some type of support in the middle of the night.
What help might an aging senior require overnight?
If an elderly person has diminished strength, is recovering from major surgery, another illness, or other medical situation, they might not be able to get out of bed as easily as they once did. Through physical therapy, exercise, and conditioning, they may be able to return to those activities and take care of themselves without help sometime in the future, but right now, what happens if they are at home and need to use the bathroom?
They would either need a family member, friend, or professional caregiver on hand to help them. Is that practical? Not for everyone. In fact, it’s not practical for most people.
Turn to some assisted living communities.
When an facility does provide the option for elderly men and women to stay overnight in their facilities, that can be exactly what the senior requires to remain safe.
It doesn’t mean he or she is going to call staff every night for help getting out of bed and going to the bathroom, but it offers a great deal of assurance and reassurance to them and family members that they will remain safe, even if they do require some help.
What are the benefits an aging person may enjoy with short-term support?
Well, for one thing, many seniors have misconceptions about assisted living. They simply don’t fully understand or appreciate the value it could offer. They, like so many others, assume they need to commit to moving into a facility, sign a lease or contract, and stay for at least several months, if not longer.
This is one reason why so many seniors discount the possibility or potential of assisted living in their life. However, when they recognize the value it offers, see the facilities, enjoy breakfast or an evening meal, some companionship with other residents, and so on, they may come to realize just how much better life could be for them if they were living there full time.
Even if the senior chooses to remain home, but uses the right assisted living facility for short-term stays, that’s fine. As long as they are safe, quality of life is maximized, and they have the option to remain as independent as they wish.
Assisted living can be a great choice for aging men and women, even if they only choose it for part-time or temporary stays.