Many people think of an assisted living facility as a place for the elderly. In fact, there are many people that can benefit from an assisted living facility. One of the best times to explore an assisted living facility regardless of age is after an injury, particularly if it involves surgery. Recovering in an assisted living facility offers a number of benefits. Here are 4 reasons why you may consider a stay at an assisted living facility after an injury or surgery.
- Round the clock monitoring
Even the most mundane injuries can have unexpected and sometimes even life threatening complications. Something as simple as a broken leg can result in compartment syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) that can lead to a long-term disability. A simple concussion can result in a number of issues such as post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic vertigo and in rare cases even second impact syndrome. For instance, if an individual experiences vertigo as a result of their initial concussion and falls and hits their head, it can result in a second concussion. This second concussion can result in far more severe consequences than the first one. An assisted living facility offers round-the-clock monitoring to help you get the immediate assistance you need if any complications from your injuries arise.
- Allows you to rest
Rest is one of the most critical aspects of recovering from an injury, but when people live alone or have a family to care for, getting it can be difficult. People who live alone still have to cook for themselves or potentially even go out and get their own food, groceries or medications. In an assisted living facility, your meals are cooked for you and can even be brought to you if necessary. Most assisted living facilities offer a full-service professional staff that can help meet your ever need.
- Access to rehabilitation treatments
Many injuries – and surgeries in particular – often require some form of rehab to help the injury heal properly. In some cases, this rehab can be extensive. Instead of needing someone to drive you to rehab every day or several times a week, you can get all the treatments you need right in the assisted living facility.
- Better designed facilities
Most injuries require the use of some type of mechanical assistance such as crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Many homes are not built with this need in mind. Stairs and narrow corridors are just a few of the features that make most homes difficult to navigate with crutches or a wheelchair. Some homes have stairs that need to be navigated just to get inside and split-level homes can make it difficult to get to the kitchen, go to the bathroom or go to bed at night. An assisted living facility, on the other hand, is designed with these needs in mind. A large bathroom specifically designed with your needs in mind is generally just a few yards away, beds are designed for easy access and corridors are wide enough to easily navigate through no matter what devices you need to assist you.