7 Ways Nursing Home Care Improves Quality of Life for Seniors
Moving a loved one into a nursing home is never easy, and many families worry about how their parent or relative will adapt to the transition. But if your loved one is struggling to live independently, or if you can no longer deliver the specialized care they need at home, a nursing care facility could be the perfect next step. Let’s look at just seven of the many ways nursing home care can boost the quality of life for seniors.
1. It provides a sense of community and fresh opportunities to build friendships.
Many seniors have experienced the loss of a spouse, sibling, or close friend, and, as a result, feelings of isolation and loneliness are common. Moreover, forming new friendships can be difficult for aging seniors, who may struggle to get out of their homes and to social events. Life in a nursing home facility offers much more than specialist medical care; residents also become part of a vibrant and uplifting community. Surrounded by fellow residents, caregivers, nursing staff, and other valuable team members, strong friendships often emerge quickly and organically.
2. Excellent nutrition facilitates good health and vitality.
Regardless of age, adequate nutrition is instrumental in maintaining a good quality of life. Great nutrition can help prevent illness while providing the energy needed to fulfill essential tasks and engage in hobbies and recreational activities. Unfortunately, seniors face many barriers that may make getting the nutrition they need more challenging. For example, a senior with reduced mobility may have difficulties getting to and from the grocery store or turn to convenience food if they no longer feel physically able to cook meals. Nursing home residents have access to freshly prepared meals daily, all expertly nutritionally balanced to meet the unique needs of aging seniors. In their nursing home, seniors can once again experience mealtimes as the joyful, sociable experience they should be.
3. Improved safety and reduced risk of injury.
Injuries from accidents like falls can drastically reduce the quality of life for seniors. Not only do these injuries cause physical pain, but they may also lead to complications like reduced long-term mobility or loss of confidence. Seniors who require hospital treatment for a fall may also be at a higher risk of complications like pressure sores or infections. It’s easy to see how one fall can affect the quality of life for many months or even years. Nursing home care can drastically reduce a senior’s risk of potential falls. Professional caregivers are highly trained in assisting seniors with mobility. They are on hand 24/7 to help residents with activities like transferring in and out of bed, dressing, and using the bathroom.
4. Increased independence and autonomy.
For many seniors, loss of independence is tough to adapt to; without proper assistance, this can be highly detrimental to their quality of life. Nursing homes are designed with the diverse mobility needs of seniors in mind, meaning your loved one may be able to remain independent for longer. For example, where your relative’s home might have winding staircases, uneven surfaces, and a low bathtub that prove impossible to navigate alone, nursing care facilities feature accessible spaces that can facilitate greater independence while reducing the risk of falls and accidents.
5. Specialized healthcare to manage ailments and illnesses.
A key benefit of residing in a specialist nursing home facility is that residents can access medical care for various conditions. At Chapin Home, for example, we have expert facilities to support residents with wound and cardiac care. Crucially, this means we can cater to seniors with more advanced needs while preventing unnecessary hospital admissions. With expert care in a more home-like and nurturing environment, seniors can recover comfortably from cardiac events or surgeries. Skilled nursing teams can also support residents with long-term conditions like dementia and illnesses requiring daily medication management.
6. Support with vital activities of daily living.
Activities of daily living are essential in maintaining a senior’s quality of life; these basic tasks form a crucial baseline of health, hygiene, and well-being upon which seniors can build a rich and fulfilling lifestyle. As a senior ages, activities of daily living and personal care tasks like bathing, eating, using the bathroom, and moving around the home often become much more challenging. Reduced ability to carry out activities of daily living may result in secondary health issues, falls, injuries, and lowered confidence or self-esteem. In a nursing home facility, your loved one will have around-the-clock support from professional, compassionate caregivers.
7. Increased mental stimulation.
For seniors living in their homes who cannot get out like they used to, boredom can become a real issue. Not only can boredom reduce a senior’s quality of life, but it may also come hand-in-hand with loneliness. Most nursing homes offer activities, groups, classes, or even outings for residents to enjoy, catering to various physical capabilities. For example, Chapin Home hosts various regular activities, from gardening and cooking to creative writing, and social clubs like our weekly discussion groups and Coffee Cafes. We also host special events, including pet visits, holiday-themed activities, and bingo afternoons.
Moving to a nursing home can be a worrying time for seniors and family caregivers. Still, it’s a decision that can drastically improve health, happiness, and overall quality of life. To discover more about Chapin Home’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our nursing home residents, get in touch today or arrange a personalized tour.