Assisted Living with Memory Care: Meeting the Varying Needs of Couples in Retirement
When considering whether to move to a retirement community, many couples find that they need varying levels of care.
Maybe the husband would be fine in independent living but the wife needs assistance with more activities of daily life, a level of care typically found in assisted living with memory care. The situation might cause some worry: will they be separated from one another? After sharing an entire life together, will they now need to live their lives apart?
While it’s true that moving to a retirement community can be a big change, many things about a couple’s day-to-day lifestyle can stay the same. Couples can continue to see each other every day, share meals together, undertake shared activities, and continue to be active parts of one another’s lives, even if they have varying health care needs. That is why it is important to design an individualized support plan that meets each person’s unique needs, whether physical, social, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual. This approach means that residents with spouses who require advanced care can rest assured their partners’ physical and medical needs are being met, freeing them to focus on being couples, not caretakers.
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