The benefits of staying in a nursing home?
As the population ages, increasing numbers of people are looking towards later-life care and considering their options. For a long time, the popular attitude to the care home has been that it’s a last resort, but in actual fact there are a number of benefits to spending time in a residential home which many people do not immediately consider.
Of course, the most common advantage of staying in a home is that there are always staff members on hand to assist with everyday tasks which have become difficult due to age or infirmity. Residents in a care home are able to be helped with personal care for bathing and dressing as well as the administration of their medication and any errands or tasks. Many older people no longer have their driving licences and struggle with leaving their homes to get necessities such as groceries. Having support for these tasks can have a significant impact on the quality of life. Housekeeping duties such as cleaning and laundry are also managed on behalf of the resident, who might otherwise find them very draining and difficult. Assisted-living facilities are also a safe environment, where residents are not at risk of having an accident and harming themselves without anyone to help. In addition, the risk of being alone and forgetting to lock their door overnight, for example, matters less in a care home environment.
Many older people say that one of their issues with living alone is the lack of companionship. In a home, seniors are able to have as much contact with others of a similar age as they desire. A good number of nursing homes offer a range of organised activities, from games nights to outings, which further augment the social benefits to living in a nursing home. Unfortunately, many older people struggle with isolation, which can contribute to depression and a reduced quality of life. The opportunity to make friends and forge connections can be invaluable, as well as reducing strain on other family members who perhaps live a long way away and have their own commitments.
Health Care and Nutrition
In later life, many people do have specific health care needs which are best met with professional treatment. Residential homes do have skilled staff on site who are able to handle medication and offer support. Not only does this reassure residents that in the event of any problems they will be well cared for, but it can also help family members to be certain their relative is in safe hands. Serious diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia can be well managed in a caring environment. Moreover, homes also provide full meals to their residents, ensuring that those staying in the home receive proper nutrition.
For family members, it is not often easy to take on care taking responsibilities for an elderly family member, especially where there are other commitments such as young children or geographical obstacles. An elderly person could stay in their own region in a nursing home in West Sussex whilst family members are elsewhere in the country. In many cases, the services of a nursing home are not only beneficial to the resident, who can receive specialised and individually tailored care, but they are also helpful to their family as well.