A large percentage of retired people eventually decide to take advantage of the services and lifestyle available at an assisted living community. In some cases, family members will take part in the decision-making process, but deciding where and when to move should always be made carefully.
When exploring the options for yourself or a loved one, make sure the assisted living community being considered offers therapy options for residents. Many residents will, at one point or another, need help to remain active in the community. California’s reputation as a great place to retire often leads people to move from other states to enjoy our state’s wonderful climate. However, even living in a climate that’s nearly ideal, things happen.
When people need to consider senior independent living options, it’s time to look at the services each community offers before making any decisions. Checking into the options for therapy should be at the top of any prospective resident’s “must-have” services.
Why is Therapy Such an Important Consideration?
Everyone’s needs change over time, and medical conditions impact people more often as they age, meaning they need quick and easy access to care providers. Even residents requiring memory care services benefit dramatically from physical and occupational therapy as they age.
Moving is traumatic for many older adults, and therapists are often able to help new residents address the changes in their lifestyle and adapt to the new conditions. Even completing daily tasks will change with a move, which means the way residents deal with those tasks will also need to evolve. While many residents adapt easily, others need advice on how to use different appliances and fixtures.
Adaptation also involves organizing things differently so clothing, foods, and other necessary items are placed within reach. Residents who want to remain independent frequently need help when adjusting to their new environment.
Health Issues Require New Life Strategies
As people age, their general health often declines. In some instances, those changes are gradual, and residents adapt new ways to accomplish common chores. However, in other cases, strokes or other health issues result in challenges that occur suddenly and dramatically. Therapists help residents to regain as much mobility as possible after issues develop, often making the difference between retaining some level of independence and requiring constant care.
Residents in assisted living homes may well understand their health situation is evolving, and they want to take advantage of every available option to remain independent. Therapists work closely with a resident’s healthcare team to determine which types of therapy would be beneficial and how long the therapy should continue. Some residents see quick results and are able to move on, but others need ongoing therapy to restore their strength and enhance their range of motion.
Therapy Promotes Good Health for All Residents
Up to this point, we’ve focused on residents who are facing major health challenges. However, therapists freely point out that therapy benefits all residents. Routine therapy services help residents move about easier and build their strength. Healthier people require fewer visits to the doctor and are less likely to suffer illnesses and accidents. Even a minor reduction in the number of falls will prove to be important for residents who want to remain independent.
The Number of Residents with Dementia is Increasing
The very thought of dementia frightens just about anyone. While there is no known way to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, proper health care often delays the progress of those issues. Therapy is one tool commonly used as part of an ongoing healthcare program for residents of assisted living communities.
While memory care services are crucial, improving residents’ overall physical health is also a crucial component of their care. Being active every day and maintaining a positive outlook will always help residents as they face the issues related to dementia.
Socialization is Always a Crucial Element of Assisted Living
Isolation is not ideal for anyone facing health challenges as they age. Being able to share time with others tends to improve the mental outlook for residents, as depression is far less likely to occur when those residents are active and involved in activities.
Explore Your Options Today
Ocean Hills Senior Living offers residents a wide variety of living options. In addition, our amenities make it easy for anyone to discover activities they will enjoy. From working out in our fitness center to enjoying time with friends in the bistro, there are countless ways to enjoy every day. For more information, contact our team today. We’re always ready to explain the benefits of living at Ocean Hills Senior Living.