We all take for granted is how easy it is to perform daily tasks such as dressing ourselves, bathing, and cooking. As people get older, we begin to lose many of these skills and it can pose a threat to our own lives.
Falls are the most common cause of fatal or nonfatal injuries in the elderly. This is why assisted living services are offered to improve the quality of life in at-risk seniors. While most seniors prefer to continue living at home, it is always in their best interest to put safety first. In assisted living communities, you can rest assured that the most vulnerable of senior citizens receive help from professional and friendly staff people.
Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, are the important everyday tasks that seniors receive help with in assisted living. The following ADLs are commonly cared for in assisted living communities…
What we wear is an important for both comfort and self-expression, and every person regardless of ability deserves to wear clothes they feel comfortable in. Compromised mobility can mean a serious impediment to dressing, undressing, and managing clothing in general.
Tasks as simple as just hanging or folding clothes can be very challenging– even dangerous –if mobility is an issue. In assisted living, care staff help individuals with putting on and taking off clothing as well as managing their closets and laundry.
80% of falls in the senior population happen in the bathroom. Because personal hygiene is so essential to maintaining good health and confidence.
Assisted living provides seniors with help with safe bathing, personal grooming– like hair care and nail care, and other hygiene tasks– such as oral care. This helps improve the fall rate in seniors and keeps them safe, while also keeping them clean, happy, healthy, and confident.
Cooking and eating can be a challenge for many seniors. Nutrition is important and every senior deserves access and assistance to quality foods.
At assisted living communities, professional chefs and caring staff are on hand to assist with mealtimes. Additionally, seniors in these communities are able to socialize without any worry or difficulty in consuming food.
While using the bathroom is a private activity, as mobility declines with age, it can be difficult and also very dangerous to do this activity privately. A grab bar in a bathroom can be useful but after a certain point in the decline of mobility, it’s not enough to ensure safety and more dynamic assistance is needed.
Continence management is offered in assisted living as a way to help seniors with both their physical and mental ability to use a toilet successfully. The caring staff of assisted living communities provide assistance with the utmost respect.
A person’s ability to move from one position to other and to walk independently (Ambulating) – is also something that declines with age. The act of moving from one place to another, or even one room to another, becomes difficult and can require more assistance than just a walking aid or a wheelchair.
Assisted living staff can provide support that a senior with compromised mobility may to move and go where they please. Not all residents of assisted living communities need help with their mobility when they enter care, but as they become less capable staff are on hand to help with transitions.
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Help with ADLs significantly decrease the likelihood of falls and other at-home accidents for seniors. Beyond prioritized safety and strong support with ADLs, assisted living communities also serve residents with compassion and dignity – so they can feel secure in their living situation.