Seniors in the United States are finding themselves in hospital emergency rooms in greater numbers than ever before. Adults over the age of 75 now account for the majority of admissions to emergency departments.
Falls alone make up 13.5 percent of hospital visits among seniors. Other top reasons older adults end up in the emergency room include pneumonia, adverse reactions to or negative side effects from medications, back pain, and complications from surgery.
The good news is that a more supportive environment can often help an older adult avoid repeated trips to the hospital.
How Assisted Living Communities Help Keep Seniors Safe
Researchers say that up to half of all emergency room visits among older adults can be prevented if an alternative source of care is readily available. Here are a few of the many services offered at assisted living communities that can help keep seniors out of the emergency room:
- Medication management: A move to an assisted living community removes the need to worry about taking the right medication at the right time. Caregivers givers handle all of these details, as well as ordering and refilling prescriptions.
- Improved nutrition: Poor nutrition contributes to a variety of health problems, ranging from falls to a weakened immune system. Senior living communities have dining programs that make it easier and more enjoyable to eat well-balanced meals.
- Around-the-clock caregivers: Residents of an assisted living community benefit from the support of onsite caregivers around the clock. Caregivers can help with routine care, as well as provide support for managing chronic health conditions.
- Supportive environment: Assisted living communities are carefully and thoughtfully designed for senior safety. Grab bars, handrails, emergency alert systems, good lighting, and barrier-free showers are a few of the amenities that keep older adults safe.
- Wellness activities: Flexibility, strength, stamina, and balance are all important for successful aging. Assisted living communities offer a variety of senior-friendly wellness activities every day. Tai chi, chair yoga, swimming, walking clubs, and gardening are all popular wellness programs for residents.
- Life enrichment: Isolation is a health risk for seniors. It contributes to depression, cardiac-related issues, diabetes, and more. Assisted living community have a wide range of daily life enrichment activities, keeping older adults actively engaged with the world around them.
Individualized Care at Sunrise Senior Living
One important way Sunrise communities help seniors thrive is by creating an individual care plan for each resident. We consider the challenges you face, while also incorporating your hopes and desires, as we put together your care plan.
If you are searching for assisted living for a senior you love, we encourage you to visit Sunrise. Call us today to set up a time for your personal tour.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living