November 30, 2009

McPeak's Provides Guidance for Recognizing Elderly's Ability to Live Independently During Holiday Season

Assisted Living Facility Sees More Inquiries as Families Get Together

As seniors age, those who see them daily can often find it difficult to notice changes in their health and behavior. As families get together for the holidays, it may be a perfect time for family members to pay attention to elderly loved ones and discuss their health, well-being and options for assisted living.

"There's a little surge in the number of inquiries we receive during the holidays because people are finally getting in touch with their parents and loved ones. Quite often, people reach out to family members they are usually not in contact with," said James McPeak, Owner, McPeak's Assisted Living. "Assisted living facilities provide quality care for the elderly who may no longer be able to take care of themselves and peace of mind for their family members."

When visiting elderly parents or family members, people should watch for changes in their loved one's mental condition, which may be a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer's disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association, 10 percent of people over 65 years of age and nearly 50 percent of those over 85 years have Alzheimer's or some form of dementia. As the population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to increase from 4 million to 14 million by 2050.

Assisted living facilities are often seen as a viable option for elderly relatives who may be experiencing Alzheimer's disease or dementia or even for those who need help with basic activities of daily living. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 900,000 people nationwide live in assisted living facilities. Assisted living provides senior citizens with housing, personal care and healthcare services to help them with their daily activities while allowing them to be as independent as possible in a homelike setting.

"It can be a very disappointing time for responsible family members because, they see the physical or mental health of a loved one deteriorate and they need to make some decisions about care. An assisted living facility is the perfect option for that loved one. While they are being cared for by staff members, residents are able to live their lives independently. Choosing the right facility can really help improve an elderly person's physical, mental and social well-being." Mr. McPeak said.

McPeak's Assisted Living gives residents the option of either having their own rooms or sharing a room with someone else. Trained, experienced staff members are on hand to provide medications for residents when needed. Meals are served daily, and staff can prepare meals for those who have certain dietary restrictions. In addition, McPeak's offers recreational activities to give residents a chance to socialize and spend time with each other.

"At McPeak's Assisted Living, we understand the needs of the elderly and offer a friendly, affordable alternative to living alone by providing a safe, warm and relaxing environment," Mr. McPeak said.