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How Senior Care Communities Can Help Adult Children Handle the Needs of Aging Parents

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Caring for aging parents requires special care and finding the best methods to overcome the stress, sadness, and anxiety that the child-parent role reversal inevitably brings along is usually a priority for caring children. Caring for an aging parent is no easy task. As a matter of fact, this job is of the most challenging family milestones, considering its wide array of complications, including emotional aspects, underlying family problems, elevated costs and lack of time. Nonetheless, when family members learn to collaborate as a solid team to protect the best interest of an aging family member, they become more able to improve the lives of their loved ones and avoid divergences that could cause even more stress and emotional trauma.

Finding the Best Care Option for Aging Parents

Generally speaking, adult siblings aren’t always ready to cater to the specific needs of their parents. Also, siblings may have different opinions about the necessities and problems of their mom or dad. For instance, while a child may have the impression that mom is doing great, his or her brother or sister may be genuinely concerned about her safety, wellbeing or (lack of) independence. When family members fail to reach an agreement, a conflict could easily be avoided by opting for expert guidance provided by a reputable senior care community. They provide the type of senior care that aging parents may require to preserve their dignity, independent lifestyle, and joy of living for many more years to come.

Since aging is an important phase involving changes and adaptation, adult siblings should strive to find the most suitable senior care community for their parents. These solutions vary a great deal in terms of level of care and costs, and range from aging in place, the so-called villa concept, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, standard retirement communities, to assisted living and long term care. Choosing the best option is not always easy; however, one could make an informed decision by taking into consideration a few key aspects, such as finances, caregiving support, social support, accessibility and specific location, and the required level of care, before making a final call.

For instance, adult children looking for the best care options for their parents should target local facilities that provide medical and non-medical services tailored to the specific needs of their aging parent. In this context, assisted living facilities may be a good option for the elderly seeking a more generous package of senior care services than services provided by independent living communities. At the same time, Independent and Assisted living communities are a suitable solution for those who do not demand round-the-clock supervision and medical care like the kind that would be made available in a nursing home. On the other hand, nursing homes are an excellent choice for aging relatives whose needs may be virtually impossible to handle in their own environment or in another type of senior care facility. Older adults whose health has been impacted by a chronic illness or a recent hospitalization may be the best candidates for this type of round-the-clock medical care.

Helping Aging Parents to Live Healthier, Happier Lives

Many senior care communities offer on-site rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. In general, each component is equally important and can have a positive effect on an aging parent’s health and overall wellbeing. Therapy services are focused on restoring mobility, independence, self-confidence and also by revamping social life. By having therapy services readily available for inpatient and outpatient services, older adults are able to live a higher quality of life at any age.

When addressing the needs of older adults, physical therapists usually start by targeting functional problems that may include poor endurance, reduced muscle strength, balance issues and reduced mobility. These professionals offer the personalized therapeutic programs that seniors often require to regain their strength and overcome the physical limitations that may threaten their independence, safety and comfort

At the same time, occupational therapy is a type of treatment focused on ways in which people can preserve their independence, set up new goals, and stay motivated and active on a daily basis. This type of therapy is usually focused on one’s grooming, dressing and bathing abilities.

Last but not least, speech therapy encompasses different methods to improve an individual’s ability to communicate, and may be focused on different aspects, including swallowing, cognition, language, voice and speech.

Adult children who are unable to choose the best type of senior care for their moms or dads can discuss their options with geriatric care managers . These caregivers have the skills and know-how to offer an assessment and the guidance that their families may need while selecting the most appropriate in-home help solution and placing their relative in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. At the end of the day, those who choose to make this important decision on their own, without any help from third-parties, should consider selecting a senior care community based on the type of services and therapies that they offer.

Healthcare Therapy Services, Inc. (HTS) serves senior care communities by providing and managing physical, occupational and speech therapy services.  We specialize in adult rehabilitation, delivering exceptional programs to inspire hope, restore function and renew the spirit for independence and life enrichment.  When deciding on your next therapy provider, take a look at the difference made when using a true partner. HTS is your partner in therapy.  Contact HTS for more information.

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