When you are selecting an assisted living facility for a family member, you have many factors to consider. You need to check the quality of their medical care, support staff, and facility upkeep. In addition, you need to investigate the facility's recreational activities. The quality of the recreation offered has a profound effect on the mental and physical health of your loved one.
When people go into assisted living, they may enjoy new activities, but they still want to keep up on their life-long interests and hobbies. A good administrator will provide opportunities for residents to stay current with their areas of interest, often by bringing in people from the community to demonstrate developments in technology, the arts, cuisine, or any number of other areas. In some instances, students from local educational facilities can come in and deliver this service. When residents can continue pursuing aspects of their "old lives," they will be happier and more content.
Some assisted living facilities allow residents to bring their pets. Although not all breeds and size dogs are allowed in, your loved one's prized pet may be eligible. As pet lovers know, animals certainly qualify as recreation as well as a source of unconditional love. When residents have to take care of their pet's basic needs, it can certain help them stay physically active as well as mentally stimulated. Some homes provide staff members to take of the animals if the resident is unable to do so. It is another way that the resident's "old life" can be incorporated into assisted living, which is a clear benefit.
You should also look for a residence that plans regular field trips for its residents. Being active while being exposed to new environments is another mental and physical advantage for the elderly. Picnics in a park or excursions to the public gardens certainly fit the abilities of many assisted living residents. Museums, concerts, and even sporting events are excellent destinations for those residents who are still physically able to enjoy the community.
You can increase the quality of your loved one's life if you find an assisted living facility that provides numerous, meaningful activities for its residents. Seniors often fear the loss of their independence and the lack of options they have once they leave their homes. A facility that allows them to keep their life-long interests while exposing them to new possibilities has the best chance to keep them happy and healthy.