8 Signs It’s Time for a Personal Care Community
Personal care communities are supportive living options that provide invaluable services to residents, usually adults 65 years old or better. The most common services revolve around the activities of daily living, such as help with personal hygiene, mobility or eating.
Although the benefits and services of personal care communities are well-documented, it’s not always easy to pinpoint when someone needs personal care. The majority of personal care community residents wait, then wish they had made the move sooner than later.
Relocating to a personal care community early on allows you to take advantage of the many amenities offered exclusively to residents. The following are the top eight signs you may want to begin touring personal care communities.
1. Needing or Wanting Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
The top sign an individual needs personal care is that they are having trouble with the activities of daily living. Examples of activities of daily living are:
Some adults can use in-home help if they have minimal needs, but typically everyday help is more accessible in a community with trained staff.
2. Desire for Personalized Support
A common misconception in personal care and assisted living communities is that all residents receive the same support. The reality is that personal care communities customize support plans and wellness goals based on what type of services the resident requires. Residents that require more help will receive it, while those that need less can customize their plan to get only the assistance they need.
Many residents in personal care communities are largely independent and only want assistance with personal hygiene and health support needs. As an example, medication management can become overwhelming if multiple prescriptions are taken routinely. A personal care community monitors medication and ensures they are taken properly and refilled on time. Level of care is adjustable and can always be scaled back if the resident feels they no longer need certain services.
3. Chores Have Become Burdensome
Cleaning and maintaining a home requires a lot of time and effort. For adults who don’t want the additional physical burden of vacuuming or cleaning the gutters, personal care services could be a great option.
Personal care communities eliminate the chores from your daily schedule. By moving to a community, outdoor maintenance is never an issue. Lawns are mowed each week and landscaping beautified. Snow and ice are removed during bad weather. Even housekeeping services are provided to keep your surroundings tidy. And, aside from housekeeping and maintenance, one of the most popular services is laundry, where clothing and linens are washed and dried regularly.
4. Finances Are Becoming Too Complicated
Living on your own means paying numerous bills. Typical household bills like mortgage payments, electricity bills, water bills, phone service charges, cable fees and property taxes don’t include other expenses and payments such as grocery shopping.
Moving to a personal care community greatly simplifies finances. You don’t have to worry about making sure numerous service providers are paid on time each month. Through one single payment, housing and most utility charges are covered. Moreover, the community fee usually covers food and transportation costs. Depending on your level of care, healthcare services may also be included.
5. Safety Is a Concern
All of us worry about personal safety in our homes. When there are heightened concerns about your safety or that of a close friend or relative, this might be a good time to consider the move to a personal care community. There’s always concern around falling or accidents, but living alone also makes an individual an easier target for burglaries and scams.
At a community, security is available around the clock and staff is on hand to assist residents with any concerns they may have about safety. If there’s a problem in a personal residence in the community, there are typically emergency alert systems to help residents get help quickly.
6. You Want to Be More Engaged
It’s easy to stay at home and get stuck in a familiar, but sometimes dull, routine. Friends and family members may not live nearby and transportation may be limited, so getting out of the house becomes more tiring. That can decrease your enjoyment every day, leaving many adults wanting easier, more frequent opportunities to engage with new activities and people.
At a personal care community, it’s easier to get out, meet people and find new hobbies or events. Residents often find new neighbors or staff to connect with as soon as they move in, along with a full calendar of social, cultural and entertainment events to enjoy. A combination of events on campus and trips to local attractions make it easy for everyone to engage, as well as find people with similar interests to connect with.
7. A Desire for Better Food and Nutrition
It’s not uncommon to find that aging adults skip meals or choose less than healthy foods because it’s simply easier and faster to grab a frozen dinner or fast food. Not only are those meal options less healthy, they can also become tiring.
Personal care communities recognize the importance of highly nutritious foods that taste good. Each community offers dining with a professional chef that prepares meal plans that are delicious, include a wide variety of options and are well-balanced nutritionally. Communities will also adjust meals based on dietary restrictions or medical needs. For instance, residents with high blood pressure may need meals with low sodium content. Chefs will connect with residents to ensure they fully understand your diet and can provide the best meals for your needs.
8. Running a Home Has Become Difficult
It’s normal for adults to start forgetting or overlooking normal, but complex needs such as finances and appointments. For instance, maintaining a home takes a lot of juggling. You may have contractors to pay for roof repairs and multiple vendors that send monthly bills for utilities. That adds up quickly, as do credit card bills, doctor’s appointments and the other activities included in the daily life of a homeowner.
The complexity can be tiring, if not overwhelming. Many adults forget appointments or bills, or are simply tired after dealing with them on a consistent basis. A personal care community reduces the burden of owning a home and remembering all your personal appointments. Instead of paying multiple vendors for your mortgage, utilities and property maintenance, you’ll only need to pay the community and perhaps a phone company. The community can also help you keep track of medication and doctor’s appointments to help you relax.
Choosing a Personal Care Community
Not all personal care communities are created equal. As you start to consider a move to a community, take the time to set up tours of local residences. Find out what type of amenities are included and the level of training provided to staff members. A community should feel welcoming and safe. Staff should greet you with a smile and answer any questions you may have. Tour the grounds and confirm that the housing options available will provide you with a comfortable space to relax and unwind.
Heritage communities give you three options to consider if you’re looking for personal care in Georgia. Located in Marietta, Peachtree and Kennesaw Georgia, residents like the close proximity to Atlanta without being right in the center of the hustle and bustle. We tailor personal care services to each resident’s needs and have an open floor plan with apartments and common areas that are spacious and inviting. Personal care services are customizable based on your wellness goals, so you’ll have the support you need to pursue the lifestyle you prefer. Contact our Marietta, Peachtree and Kennesaw communities today to learn more or schedule a tour.