What if I can’t take care of mom myself?
As our family ages, they start to need more. Their independence is gone and they don’t want to admit that they may not be capable emotionally or physically. So I think a lot of times, especially in the United States, we just assume that we should take care of our own mom, our own dad. It’s up to us. It’s our responsibility and we’re the ones that have to do it ourselves.
Now I know we may want to, but the reality may be we just aren’t designed for that or have the time and ability. So assisted living provides the care, the home, and the opportunity for us to take care of our parents without physically doing it ourselves. The reality is there’s a huge need for caregivers in our country and around the world.
Why is there a high need for caregivers now?
After world war II ended, those servicemen came home and there was a population explosion. So there’s a lot of people that are aging and not enough caregivers.
Being a caregiver takes training. It takes the right mindset and the right attitude. We’re not all geared towards that but if you do decide you want to take care of mom and dad, there’s training that’s available to you to take care of your loved one. Anything from basic things like CPR, food handling to taking care of somebody on a physical level for the feeding, for medication management and so on and so on and so on.
How does Residential Assisted Living handle Memory Care?
There are a lot of people that will have Alzheimer’s or dementia issues, memory care issues. One of the things that happens is their being able to see clearly changes. So if you all of a sudden come up to them it’s like a big surprise, something coming at them. You walk in slowly and we reach out your hands and give them the opportunity to reach out their hand.
The idea of memory care and understanding how to handle that is just as important as the physical contact. Assisted living is not just physical, it’s also in memory care and brain change. You know there’s so much to learn, but the reality is we’re all going to have to. We are all aging.
You will be a part of Assisted Living in some way.
Assisted Living is going to affect each and every one of us. It’s up to us to decide how. You’re either going to own the real estate that the assisted living home is in or you’re going to own and operate the business that is taking care of those seniors who live in the real estate or you or a loved one, a family member may be living in a home, writing a check to somebody else who does. So how will you be a part of it?
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