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What to do when being a caregiver becomes too much

When your parents first start showing signs that they need support managing their day-to-day lives, family members sometimes choose to help out – becoming knowledgeable and competent caregivers. However, there often comes a point at which you can no longer keep up with the duties of a full-time caregiver, especially when managing your own family, career and other extracurricular activities.

One of the best ways to ensure uncompromised quality of care for your loved one, is to make the move to an assisted living community. While this is a difficult choice for everyone involved, it can be made easier by finding an assisted living community which offers the following:

  • Around the clock care: It’s important the community takes a close look at the individual needs of each resident in order to build a support program that provides the proper level of assistance. These services should also change as your loved one’s needs change, ensuring that his or her quality of life remains as high as possible and that they don’t need to be moved to another community at a later stage.
  • Independence: A community which encourages and supports the independence of its residents is important. This is key to mental and physical health, as well as having an enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle. Many communities offer a calendar of social events throughout the year in addition to live entertainment, fitness classes, book clubs, gardening clubs, spiritual services, and much more.
  • Apartment living: The community you choose for your loved one should offer open-plan, apartment-style living that is adapted to their safety. Apartments should be equipped with everything from grab bars in the bathroom to 24-hour alert pendants and smoke alarms. The rooms should be free of tripping hazards, easy to navigate with a walker, fully serviced and properly maintained by the staff.
  • Memory care: It’s important to know the community you choose can handle any future requirements your loved one may have. Memory care services like cognitive exercises, therapies and emotional support are imperative to have on-site, 24/7. 

Visit Our Beautiful Assisted Living Community in New Jersey 

Lester Senior Living is a JCHC senior community dedicated to helping older adults live full, happy lives as they age. With an active community spirit, great amenities, spacious residential apartments, and personal care services designed for assisted living, we’re a welcoming space for seniors to really feel at home. All our support services are available on an “as-needed” basis, allowing your loved one to continue living as independently as possible even as his or her needs change. We are also able to provide care for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents through our designated memory care suites. 

For more information about our assisted living facility in Morris County, please contact us today to schedule a tour or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org

Understanding the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living

Ultimately the choice between assisted living and independent living should be determined by the needs of your elderly loved one. If an aging adult has difficulties with daily activities or anticipates their needs changing in the near future, he or she may want to consider moving to an assisted or independent living community. To make the best decision, it is helpful to fully understand the differences between these lifestyle options at Lester Senior Living in NJ

What is Independent Living? 

Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to assistance when needed. An independent lifestyle minimizes personal chores and errands along with the costs and stress of homeownership.

Independent living services include:

  • Housekeeping.
  • Handyman/maintenance services.
  • Meal options.
  • 24-hour security and wearable alert pendants
  • Utilities cost (excluding cable television and telephone).
  • Transport services.
  • Social activities within the community.
  • Scalable services to increase support as and when it is required.

What is Assisted Living? 

Assisted living is designed for seniors who can no longer live safely on their own but don’t require advanced medical care like that provided by a nursing home. As part of an assisted living program, a resident would move into a private apartment in the community that offers an ideal living space – compact, easy to navigate and fitted with grab bars and a walk-in shower with seating.

Assisted living will ensure you stay as independent as possible with access to support services, including:

  • Housekeeping.
  • Handyman/maintenance services.
  • Health monitoring.
  • Three meals daily and snacks
  • Reminders for daily activities/medication reminders.
  • Personal care and hygiene assistance.
  • Transport services.
  • 24-hour security and wearable alert pendants.
  • Social activities within the community.

When considering independent senior living options, it is usually a good idea to plan with the future in mind. For more information about JCHC communities, please visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/