Living Happily, Independently
Ever feel neglected at the doctor’s office? Ever feel unattended and mistreated while being seen by the nurse or anybody that should be helping you in a healthcare setting? Ever feel like you are in the wrong place at the wrong time? Nursing homes and senior living facilities get a lot of this.
An important factor the elderly population must take into consideration is their comfort zone in a new senior living facility or community. Ask yourself – are you happy with your current and future living arrangements? Do the people around you take care of you or do you feel the healthcare team in living areas can do that much better.
The senior community and environment need to be well organized, cleaned and maintained. Before moving into a facility you don’t want to think, “Oh my gosh, where am I? This is a nightmare.”
Be well aware of your medication side effects. For example: a medication for Parkinson’s is known to have side effects, such as hallucinations. Having side effects in the healthcare senior living facility is important in keeping yourself and the medical team around you informed.
Your health should be improving. If your health seems to be getting worse, you mentally, physically or emotionally do not feel comfortable, then reach out. Speak with the staff and senior care provider and try to see if they can assist you in making your living arrangements more comfortable and manage your care better. Don’t be afraid to speak up for your own wellness.
Sometimes just a hand on someone’s shoulder is all it takes. Sometimes picking up a fork that someone drops in the dining room on the floor. Sometimes, just sitting with someone. Trying to make people more comfortable. The simplest things in the world can lead to what I call incremental victories. That’s what I go for in my life.
It has been seen that there is a higher need for mental health professionals all around. Most elderly residents sit all day and watch TV. The communication, socializing and interactions with people are very limited. In order to make your living more lively consider getting active and keeping yourself occupied. Welcome visitors, find friends, stay connected and learn new things.
Most visitors come in and ask short, irrelevant questions like, “Hi, how are you doing today? Running after the nurses today?” Instead of, “Hey, I hear you’re dying. Is this true? Is there anything I can do to assist you?” Even visitors should be courteous and sympathetic towards the senior patients and elderly crowd. The visitors mind does not understand how the aging man or woman is feeling, but do ask.
An independent resident reaching a comfort and satisfactory level is vital in senior living provisions. People around must be mindful of the resident and the resident must be proactive and mindful of his or her own health status. Visit Cariloop, in order to find and connect to information on assisted living, adult day care, hospice, rehabilitation centers and much more!
By: Sarah Jamali, Cariloop Intern