For many older adults, the decision to transition out of their home and into a senior living community is a difficult and often emotional one to make. If you are assisting your parents in this decision, there are a number of things to consider as you and your parents begin looking for a senior living community that meets the full range of their needs. For most children of older adults, the primary concern is ensuring the safety and health of their parents. However, there are many factors to consider besides the physical care of your loved one. Communities that employ a holistic approach to senior living and care are able to provide services that address not just physical, but mental and emotional needs, as well. Eskaton believes that by supporting our seniors—mind, body, and soul—we are able to provide better opportunities for maintaining health and well-being.
Getting support with activities of daily living (ADLs)
Activities of daily living (ADLs) are routine activities that your parent must do each day. These include things such as food preparation, bathing, grooming, dressing, and getting around. If your parent needs assistance with one or more of these ADLs, it is something to consider as you start researching senior living communities. Eskaton communities offer various levels of care to our residents, assuring that older adults of all ages and abilities receive the kind of care best suited to their needs and wants.
Once you understand which level of care is appropriate for your loved one (and have found community options that provide that care), you can start to address additional factors, like the level of independence your parent hopes to maintain. Eskaton’s independent living communities allow residents to maintain complete independence while offering services and amenities that provide support and assistance if the need ever arises. Eskaton’s assisted living communities also allow for a degree of independence, but are designed for older adults who require some level of assistance every day.
Making connections with others
One of the most important factors to consider when researching senior living communities is your parent’s desire to connect with others. Having a high quality of life is directly related to building and maintaining meaningful relationships, and Eskaton is committed to senior living communities that foster and encourage these connections. Offering a wide range of social programming designed to keep residents active and interactive, Eskaton’s communities are providing residents with opportunities to make and maintain connections every day. You can learn more about these programs by visiting a community or viewing their calendar online.
While it is important to find a senior living community that meets all of your loved one’s physical needs, both now and in the future, this is just one aspect to consider when exploring the options available to your family. The best community for your parents is one that can meet their changing physical needs, allows them to maintain a high level of independence, and provides opportunities to make and maintain connections with others. Eskaton’s wide range of services and levels of care means there is an Eskaton community that is just right for every older adult.