What happens to assisted living residents after they move in?

There have been many studies done on the effects caring for an aging loved one has on a caregiver’s health. We witnessed this in my family with my sister who was the primary caregiver to our mother. Caregivers tend to neglect their own needs including exercise, sleep and nutrition all in the name of being loving and supportive. The problem is you can’t take care of yourself while you are focusing 100% on taking care of someone else.

When residents move into one of our Aegis communities they often gain weight, their medications are regulated and their social interaction goes way up. There is often a quick response to the change in care and attention they receive and a noticeable change in health and personality. It is not that the family member has done anything wrong, however they do not have the knowledge or skills of a professional and they can’t do it all by themselves. We also see a change in quality of life for the family member. They get better sleep, their stress level goes down and they may even find their own health issues are healed.

Although handing over the responsibility of care to someone else is never easy in the end both people will benefit and can begin to enjoy each other and life much better.

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