When asked where you would like to live in your 80s and 90s, what would you say? Most likely your answer would be “at home.” There is an idyllic image of staying in a home where memories have been made, but as people live longer, health complications may interfere with these plans.
As we age, we may experience decreased stability, limited sight, and impaired dexterity, all of which may lead to a dangerous living environment. For seniors living alone, this problematic scenario may become even more difficult as feelings of isolation and depression set in. In fact, studies have shown that seniors experiencing loneliness are more at risk for heart disease, stroke, and even mild cognitive impairment. Layer in those loved ones around you worrying if their family member is safe, happy and engaged, this all lends itself to additional and unhealthy stress and guilt within a family. All of which, are unwelcomed and unnecessary. As we live longer, we are more likely to need additional support.
It might feel uncomfortable to admit that you or a loved one can no longer safely manage life at home. Senior living is a topic most families do not discuss until the need is imminent. Oftentimes the choice is made by an adult child because they can no longer care for their parent. Or a loved one is being discharged from the hospital and are told they can no longer live alone. In situations like these, the senior themselves might not have the opportunity to choose their community. This creates a difficult decision for the adult children. Is this what mom would want? Will she be happy here? Am I doing the right thing?
Navigating any of these scenarios can be incredibly stressful. We are hear to support you, minimize stress, and want to make the process as simple as possible for you and your loved ones. Commonwealth has been welcoming families home to our communities for nearly 20 years and can help yours too.
To schedule a time to experience one of our communities for yourself, contact the community nearest you.