As the son or daughter of a senior loved one, you want to keep in touch with your parents and always be aware of their wellbeing. In the event of a fall, injury, medical procedure, illness or onset of an ongoing condition, a care plan will be put into action by a physician to ensure recovery and rehabilitation.
This can be done at a standalone rehabilitation clinic, but if the injury or illness is so life-altering that it would affect their daily life and ability to care for themselves, now may be the time to consider alternative care options. Senior care after rehabilitation may also be best suited out of the home.
Senior living communities, like Kensington Park, may offer on-site rehabilitation that can help get a loved one not just back on their feet, but settled into the safest environment that helps maintain wellness and prevent reinjury.
When Going Home Is Not Possible
You want what’s best for your loved one. The transition from hospitalization to home might sound the way to return to optimal comfort, but it comes down to what’s going to what place will be fit for them to not only heal, but live a quality life.
Home Barriers. Does the home currently have multiple levels or flights of stairs? If they are suddenly wheelchair-bound, will their apartment or house be accessible for them? Bathrooms may also become huge hazards if rails or other safety features are not in place.
Consider your loved one’s mobility and balance. Will they need additional help getting around? This can emphasize a need for a safe haven where they can easily move about, with little risk.
Isolation. A senior living on their own can feel lonely and isolated. Depression is common among older adults, and can even be one of the early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Think about how often your loved one sees friends and family, or if they still take an active part in hobbies, church groups, or other means of socialization. Mental health is just as important as physical strength when in rehabilitation. A senior living community would offer them the chance to branch out and meet new and like-minded people.
Feeling overwhelmed. As a family member, you may feel obligated to step up and offer as much help and support in their care. You have to evaluate your personal limits and what is not only going to help your loved one the most, but benefit yourself as well. Will your loved one need around the clock care even after rehabilitation? Are you able to offer the amount of time and handle the stress? These are hard questions, but ones you must take into consideration.
Planning for the Move
There is no better time to start planning than the instant you know that long-term care after rehabilitation is the best route. A setting like a senior living community offers the best opportunity for your loved one to settle into a new chapter of life. The transition can be hard for the family and friends just as much as the loved one, but the best way to feel more confident about the move is to do as much as possible to relieve uncertainty.
Asking the senior care community in mind any questions that come up, and for help and advice on the move can make it easier to work through feelings about the big change. Look into the various activities and programs aside from rehabilitation that they can take part of once they are a resident in order to build interest and excitement for new opportunities.
Involvement After the Move
Many find that after they’re senior loved one is transitioned to a senior care community, they find successful rehabilitation efforts coupled with more compassion and longer-lasting relationships with staff. Being that they work with your loved one from the moment they step through the door, they already will receive devoted attention and a high level of effort towards improving their wellbeing. A regular schedule of rehab, therapy, daily care, and a multitude of activities will keep the mind, body, and spirit sharp.
Take the time to get to know the staff. Don’t be afraid to speak up and communicate with them. Advocating the needs of a loved one is what will help the team know other ways to be able to make them as comfortable as possible. From suggesting their preferred foods or hobbies, they may coordinate and leverage in their care by tying in familiarity.
Meetings are typical for staff and their families. At Kensington Park, we encourage families to incorporate themselves and do our best to maintain fluid communication and involvement.
If you would like to learn more about what makes Kensington Park unique from other long-term senior care communities, or have questions about our on-site rehabilitation, feel free to get in touch with us today! Our expert team is skilled in providing exceptional care, while holding a promise to love and care for your loved ones as we do our own.
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