If you find yourself unable to do day-to-day tasks, you may be discussing moving into a care home with your family. Alternatively, if you think your relative needs to be in a care home but are worried about leaving them, we’re sharing the top reasons why the move to a care home is great for everyone involved.
The top reason to move into a care home is safety. As we age, it can be difficult to accept that we’re not as capable as we used to be. But by denying the fact, we can end up injured or in unsafe living conditions. Whether you’ve had a dementia diagnosis or simply struggle with mobility in your own home, a care home can be the perfect place to be safe and secure.
For family members, it’s great to have peace of mind that your relative is safe, as carrying around the guilt and anxiety of leaving them at home alone can seriously impact your own quality of life.
To help reduce anxiety, 24/7 support can actually help seniors regain their independence. Even just the knowledge that someone is always on call can lead people to feel more secure when trying to do things for themselves.
And, if something major goes wrong, medical staff are always around to provide the care and assistance required.
Private living quarters
If you’ve been living in a relative’s home, it can often feel like everyone is living on top of one another. At signature care homes, you’ll have everything you need in your own private living quarters. Most care homes will also allow you to bring décor and furniture from your old property to make the place feel much more like home too.
A varied, nutritional diet
Unlike meals-on-wheels style food, the menu in a care home is delicious, nutritious, and varied. Chefs and nutritionists work together to create a number of options for residents to eat each day, so you won’t have to endure fish pie and soggy vegetables every day.
Cooking at home can be tedious and getting all the nutrients you need into three meals a day can be even harder. Living at a care home, everything is taken care of for you. You just get to enjoy your free time and have your meals served to you.
An active social life
Old age can often go hand in hand with loneliness and low mood. If mobility is limited, or you’re heavily dependent on your family to take you out, it can be hard to maintain a social life outside of your house.
Living in a care home can help keep your mind and social life active. There will be residents from all walks of life to make friends with, so you can socialize as much or as little as you like.
Care homes often have an event organizer too, who will put activities on during the day to get involved in and trips away or special events of an evening.
There are so many other reasons to make the move into a care home. Everything from peace of mind to cleaner and warmer living conditions can play a part in why your new home will be a great next step.