Senior housing, Adult foster care, Adult family care, special needs home, and a myriad of other tags have been used for decades to describe ‘Assisted Living’ which typically involves a home-like facility with a number of medical practitioners, experts, and paid staff members who help residents with daily personal care, dispensation of medications, transportation and meal preparation.
Commenting on the need for assisted living, Founder and current chairman of Sickle Cell Foundation, Professor Olu Akinyanju in an interview with Homes and Properties Guide said: “Our older population is living longer. Many of them have one or more ailments which may impair their ability to move around freely or lead independent lives. Consequently, they may become very lonely and may not be able to completely or adequately take care of their daily personal needs or enjoy life as much as they should.”
On one hand, as people age, they get more prone to diseases; on the other hand, there are people with disabilities and special needs. Over time, these changing care needs and demands might become daunting tasks and emotionally draining situations for their families, friends and loved ones that would be required to disrupt their daily schedules in order to meet up with some of these sometimes monotonous demands.
For instance, people living with chronic health conditions such as advanced dementia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, kidney disease, cancer, depression, high blood pressure, autism, difficulty in speaking, blindness, frailness, and so many more, will find it increasingly difficult to live independently.
Such people will require the help of others with activities of daily living, such as dressing themselves, bathing, using the toilet, cleaning, eating, taking their medications, in fact almost all aspects of their daily life; especially skilled nursing care.
Professor Akinyanju who is also the CEO of CARE PARTNERS, a specialized Home Care Nursing, and a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Rheumatologist, explained: “Traditionally, children and the extended family have provided constant care and companionship but in most cases, this is no longer feasible, given the realities of modern living. Absence of the needed care and companionship can lead to frustration, unhappiness, suicidal depression, and unnecessary physical and mental anguish.”
”This situation has created has created a demand for the delivery health and social care to many of our parents or loved ones. Occasionally, much younger persons, because of some disability may also require similar care and companionship.”
However, options for care have expanded, even for many with intensive needs. There is assisted living, home health services that help these people age well in the comfort of their homes, and also several opportunities for those with special needs.
Memory care is another demand of the aged. Memory care is a type of long-term skilled nursing care that caters to people with dementia and other memory problems, helping to ensure residents are kept safe and engaged, with everything from supportive staff to alarm systems designed to prevent residents from walking off and possibly into harm’s way.
Choosing the right nursing home is challenging. And chances are good you’ll someday face this decision for yourself or a loved one. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to consider that the older you are, the more likely you are to need long-term care.
CARE PARTNERS is a specialized home care nursing established to deliver care and companionship to special groups of people; with well trained staffs to cater for the needs of the aged and people with special needs.