If you asked me when I was younger whether or not I wanted to live in a nursing home as I aged, my answer would have been a vehement no. I didn’t like the idea of not being independent, not living in my own home that I loved, and not doing the things I loved. But that was before I got into healthcare, before I ever really experienced the benefits of nursing home facilities. Now, as I walk the halls of my own buildings, and see the hard work done by the nurses and assistants around me, I have a much different viewpoint. And, if you’re considering a nursing home, I think you should too.
Here are my top four reasons why living in a home is a dignified way to age:
You don’t have to worry about your medical care
This is easily the most important part of living in a home. Nursing services are always available, and the staff is constantly ensuring you’re in good health by watching for changes and early warning signs. You won’t have to worry about unexpected drug interactions or scary situations that could happen when you’re alone.
You’ll make friends
It was hard enough making friends out of college, and once everyone parted ways, it was even harder to connect with more people like me. The opposite is true in a nursing home, where you have the opportunity to meet and bond with people from all walks of life, and have fun with them too.
You’ll have what you need, when you need it
No matter your age, it’s always nice to have someone (or multiple someones) that you can rely on. At a nursing home, there’s always someone close by to help you with anything you need, from getting on the internet to picking up the phone.
You don’t have to do chores
Whether you need assistance with day-to-day activities, or you are simply tired of doing laundry, you can forget about housekeeping. Someone else is around to cook for you, dust (did you ever like dusting?) and sweep – and on a regular basis.
These are just some of my favorite reasons. It’s a way of living that I’m viewing as having less stress and with better care. I don’t think there’s any shame in that, as there shouldn’t be. What do you think? What are some of the benefits you (or someone you love) has experienced in a home?