If you're approaching your senior years and struggling with vision loss, you're probably concerned about how you'll cope when you're older and not able to see very well. It's a frightening thought, especially if you live alone and don't have a strong support network around you. Assisted living might be the solution to your problem. Here's how you can benefit from moving into one of these facilities.
Help With Transportation
Getting around may become difficult due to your age and vision loss combined. An assisted living facility can arrange transportation to your doctor's appointments and other important outings. Many facilities even organize group outings for shopping and entertainment. Staying active and mobile can help ward off the loneliness and depression you might feel if you stay in your home and become isolated due to inability to get out and socialize.
You'll learn many coping skills as you lose your vision, and you may be surprised at the things you learn to do and how well you can maintain your independence with a little supervision to ensure you're safe. One area you may need help with is medication. If you have other medical conditions, such as diabetes, that require precise medications at specific times, you'll benefit from the supervision you get from the staff at an assisted living facility.
The staff ensures you take medicine on time and that you don't mix them up accidentally. Seniors often have difficulty taking medication as prescribed due to forgetfulness, trouble manipulating bottles, or problems with vision. A medication mistake could have an adverse effect on your health, so even if you're able to take your medication on your own, you'll have staff available as backup for the days you're too ill to take care of yourself.
Nutrition and calorie intake are important when you're older so you can prevent frailness that makes you susceptible to injury and illness. However, it might not be safe for you to cook if you can't see well or if you develop problems with mobility. The staff at an assisted living facility can prepare your meals for you so you never have to go hungry because you don't feel like cooking or it's too much effort to cook and then clean up afterward.
Being in an assisted living facility is a lot like living on your own with someone around to help if you need it. One of the biggest perks of all is sharing the facility with other people you can spend time with playing games, talking, or watching television so you don't have to be all alone.