- Idaho Assisted Living -
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living facilities are different from nursing homes, rehabilitation centers or retirement communities. Assisted living is a home-like environment for those over the age of 65 or those in need of additional care. The name, assisted living, says it like it is. Assistance with the activities of daily living is the mission of this type of facility. Assisted living is the balance between living independently and receiving needed care.
The Gables has seven Idaho assisted living locations including memory care. We value individualized care, increased quality of life, and meaningful connection for our residents.
What Should Idaho Assisted Living Offer?
Every facility is different as far as what they have to offer. That is why it is so important to do your research before you make a decision.
Standard things offered by an assisted living facility include:
- Trained Staff
Additional amenities that could be included:
Idaho has many choices when it comes to assisted living. The Gables is confident that their Idaho assisted living facilities have all of the amenities included that you would hope for. Each individual location has different offerings, so be sure to contact your closest Gables facility to schedule a tour.
Why Should I Choose Assisted Living?
Many elderly people are reluctant to leave their homes. While it is true that some senior citizens can do well living independently, there are many health benefits to moving to an assisted living facility.
Health & Safety
Those who live in assisted living have a constant welfare check. They have constant access to a medical professional, and they are surrounded by potential friends for social interaction. The residents of Idaho assisted living have medication monitoring, bathing assistance, and nutritious balanced meals prepared each day.
One of the greatest fears that people over the age of 65 express is that of falling. Falls typically lead to hospitalizations and being hospitalized is dangerous and potentially life altering for those of advanced age. Some elderly people that get hospitalized will never have the chance to leave the hospital. In an Idaho assisted living facility there are safety measures in place such as rails in the hallways, grab bars in the bathrooms, and absence of rugs and other tripping hazards.
Assisted living is about more than just safety and getting needed help with certain tasks, it can actually improve the quality of life for those who would otherwise be lonely, bored and sedentary. Being isolated is dangerous for anyone’s health, and this particular age group suffers from isolation more than any other age group.
In assisted living there is opportunity for interaction each day with other residents as well as staff members and volunteers. Having scheduled activities that are catered to them and are easily accessible will also improve overall health and happiness.
By the time someone retires they most likely have worked for thirty or more years. If someone remains in their home they will also remain responsible for the care of their homes inside and out. This is a huge undertaking and grows even more difficult as physical limitations develop and health declines.
Family members often take on the role of caregiver as a loved one declines mentally and/or physically. While it is usually considered a privilege, most family members are not trained to care for their loved ones in the way they might need.
Even if a family member is willing and qualified, being a caregiver is a full time job that can be very taxing in a lot of ways. Stepping into this role can put unnecessary stress on a relationship. Having assisted living as a full-time or respite option can give family members peace of mind and strengthen relationships without the burden of being a full-time caregiver.
How Do I Know When It Is Time to Move?
Making the decision for yourself or a loved one to transition from home living to assisted living is a difficult one. While there is no one right answer for knowing when the appropriate time is for this transition, there are a few signs to look for.
The following could indicate it is time for a move:
- Poor hygiene
- Sadness and loneliness
- No family closeby
Contact The Gables
At The Gables, we understand that this decision is a tough one. While we know it is extremely personal and individual, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a tour or to speak with a professional about your needs and how Idaho assisted living can help.