Entering a senior care facility after an illness or an injury can be extremely beneficial to elders who just need time to rebuild their strength. However, short-term care can also be a time to regroup, build healthier habits, and create a new environment at home.
A fit senior can still take a tumble, suffer a stroke or require a surgery that will mean they need short-term senior care. For example, a cycling senior may get hit by a car and need reconstructive surgery. The recovery from this will require support and care. In a senior-care facility, the senior can also get physical therapy, wound care and transportation.
Mental and Intellectual Support
Even if a senior is doing well physically, the isolation of recent world events can lead to anxiety and depression. If you feel yourself withdrawing from others or struggling to connect with others, spending a short deal of time in a senior care facility can allow you to
- get private counseling
- get medications balanced
- enjoy group therapy
Seniors can also benefit from classes. Some seniors have limited technology skills. Being able to get online and connect with friends and family can cut back on the loneliness and isolation caused by recent world events.
There are many senior citizens who want to age in place. However, if your home requires you to carry laundry up and down the stairs, carry groceries up stairs from a garage, or only shower or sleep on the second floor, you may be setting yourself up for a really difficult life.
Too often, home updates don’t get done until someone has a home accident. Should a senior decide that they want to alter their home to make life both safer and easier, a short stay in a senior care facility can reduce dust and mess, give them time to recover from any injuries that pushed this update, and learn new skills.
These home updates can include
- a walk-in tub
- a main floor laundry space
- wider doorways throughout the home
- motion sensor lights
These adjustments to the home of a senior citizen can reduce the risk of serious injury, from burns and cuts in the kitchen to tumbles down the stairs with a laundry basket.