As humans, we all crave care and attention. From infancy through teenagehood, mid-life, and into our golden years, our needs certainly change. But the need to be valued – and valuable to those around us – remains. As our society’s older generations move into retirement homes and settle into old age routines, the desire to be considered, included and relevant only becomes more pronounced.
Today, people’s awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing is higher than ever before. However, due to anxieties regarding the pandemic, care homes are viewed with a certain sense of unease. With that said, if there’s anything that the last two years have proven, it’s that a shared understanding of togetherness and familiarity often helps individuals overcome adversities and come out stronger. So, where do care centres come in?
It’s no secret: as a social species, we yearn to be in the company of those similar to us – people who can relate to our situations, problems, preferences, and needs. The desire for comfort and routine, found in familiar friends with shared experiences, only grows stronger as we age. Care homes specifically offer this sense of belonging and security.
Here’s a look at how care homes continue to be not only meaningful but essential for seniors.
Benefits of Care Homes
The lifestyle in a care home is adapted to suit each senior’s preferences and pace, based on their specific needs and limitations. We employ trained professionals who cater to each resident’s particular needs: qualified nursing staff put safety measures in place, registered dietitian fashions meals and schedules to their needs, and administrative staff ensure the ambience is maintained accordingly, providing the perfect backdrop to a relaxed and comfortable life.
Whether you live with a disability, require special attention, or are not quite as mobile and independent as you once were, ageing is a complex business. Care homes are especially mindful of medical needs. They have the necessary equipment, professionals and staff to cater to special concerns, often round-the-clock. So, you can rest assured that your senior loved one is getting the most qualified help without compromising on independence or lifestyle.
With an increase in free time – and a decrease in social and physical opportunities – many seniors find organized recreation essential later in life. Where opportunities for physical fitness, mental stimulation, and social interactions may be limited at home, at a care home, new experiences are a built-in part of daily life. Games are specifically tailored to residents, celebrations are arranged to foster a sense of belonging and value, and extracurriculars are planned to help stimulate mental and physical faculties. Therapeutic activities like art, music and dance ensure overall wellbeing and diversity in activities.
Despite residents’ often-limited movements and activities, many still appreciate unrestricted and open spaces. In this regard, many private homes and apartments can prove to be restrictive. On the other hand, most care facilities are abundant in spaces that cater to seniors’ particular preferences and needs: from quiet reading nooks that allow for some me-time, bustling games and cinema rooms, and outdoor gardens that offer a peaceful retreat to nature. Plus, long hallways lined with friendly faces make for a terrific stroll.
Many people in care homes form lasting associations with their fellow residents. Forging meaningful relationships with those with similar stages of life or from similar backgrounds is often difficult for families to orchestrate within their own homes. Furthermore, staff members quickly become like family, taking care to get to know and deeply care for each resident that comes through the facility’s doors. A care community’s codependent nature prevents feelings of isolation many may feel later in life.
Although we all hope to age gracefully, many of us will require a little extra support as we enter into our senior years. Whether a loved one has limited mobility, needs help in daily tasks, or is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, physical, emotional, or social therapy is often required. Such therapies are readily available at care homes, with a more holistic experience of wellbeing and care being a priority.
We all want what is best for our families, and when it comes to our older generations, we need to know that our seniors are getting the comfort, care and love they deserve. Even when we plan with the best intentions, our personal commitments and private homes are not best-suited for senior care.
At Lynn Valley Care Centre, our community of care and kindness takes your intentions for your loved ones, be they love, safety or support, and turns them into customized care plans specific to your family member’s lifestyle and needs. Here, your spouse or parent will find supportive staff, inspiring spaces, and a community of like-minded peers that can call “home.”
If you’d like more information on our services, or living space, get in touch with us today.