At some point in life, living on your own may not be the best option. Unfortunately, many people fear that day because they worry that when it comes time to move into an assisted living facility, they will lose their independence. Losing one’s independence can be devastating, which is why, at Avita Assisted Living & Memory Care at Rolling Hills, we work hard to provide seniors with the care they need, as well as the independence they crave. In our assisted living facility, we do our best to make each member feel at home, and in today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips on how you can help your loved one continue feeling independent. Find these tips below, and if you’re interested in learning more about our assisted living facility in Rolling Hills, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today!
4 Ways to Improve Senior Independent Living
Change Up the Decor
When your loved one comes to stay at Avita, they will live in their own apartment. While our apartments are beautifully designed, they lack a personal touch. With that in mind, one way to help your senior loved one feel more independent is by helping them decorate their apartment! This can be anything from hanging pictures to putting out flowers or even just rearranging the furniture. Whatever it is, adding a personal touch to their space will go a long way in helping them feel more comfortable and independent. It can also help the space feel more like home and less like they're living in a hospital.
Just because your loved one is moving into an assisted living facility doesn’t mean they have to stop learning! In fact, encouraging your loved one to learn new things can help them feel more independent. At Avita, we offer a variety of educational classes and programs that residents can take advantage of. From cooking classes to art classes and everything in between, we have something for everyone. We also offer outings that allow seniors to get off campus and enjoy something fun. Whether it's learning something new or trying a new experience, encouraging your loved one to participate in our educational offerings will help them feel more independent and engaged.
It's not uncommon for those who live in assisted living to feel as though they are out of touch with the outside world. One way to help your loved one feel more connected is by introducing them to technology that can help make their life easier. For example, tablets and e-readers are great for staying in touch with loved ones and accessing books, magazines, and other forms of entertainment. There are also a number of apps that can help with everything from managing medications to ordering groceries. By introducing your loved one to new technology, you can help them feel more connected to the outside world and more independent.
Give Your Loved One Their Independence
Ultimately, the best way to help your loved one feel independent is by giving them their independence. This means letting them make their own decisions, even if you don’t agree with them. It also means respecting their privacy and not hovering. Of course, it’s important to check in on your loved one and make sure they are doing okay, but it’s also important to give them the space they need to live their life, too. At Avita, we work hard to strike the perfect balance between providing our residents with the care and assistance they need while also giving them the independence they crave.
We hope these tips have been helpful! If you would like to learn more about our assisted living facility in Rolling Hills or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to chat with you!