Staying at home versus moving to assisted living

Good Samaritan Society provides services to keep you healthy and happy

Pros and cons of staying at home versus moving to assisted living

Debating whether to stay home or move into an assisted living community? Good Samaritan Society would like to help. The Society can provide many services to keep you healthy and happy, especially during a pandemic.

“Moving now, during the pandemic, is something residents shouldn’t fear,” Nursing and Clinical Services Manager Kathy Manning said.

Alone at home

The social isolation and loneliness from living alone in your home can actually increase your odds of developing depression, according to the American Psychological Association. At the Society’s locations across the country, staff is trained to interact with residents consistently.

“If you take a look at the risks of loneliness and isolation and further with winter coming, that is isolating in and of itself. People are afraid to leave home. Icy sidewalks. Cold weather. This way, they don’t really need to worry about that and we can take care of them,” Manning said.

One of the ways the Society takes care of residents is through quality nutrition. Good meals can often fall to the wayside at home.

“They may not eat right. It’s really hard to get motivated to cook for one. Then you’ve got to eat by yourself,” Manning said.

Residents get three healthy meals each day at our centers. Expertly trained workers serve the food and can assist with medications.

“People coming to us need assistance most often with medication. Sometimes, it’s just making sure that they are taking a bath the way that they need to,” Manning said.

Limiting exposure to COVID-19

With the same staff members interacting with residents on a regular basis, it limits exposure to COVID-19.

“The staff are extremely well-trained in how to keep not only themselves safe but residents safe and their families safe,” Manning said.

That staff is also critical when something goes wrong. At home, you may have to wait a while for help. At Good Samaritan Society, immediate assistance is available in case of a fall or an emergency.

“They can wear a button that just allows them to call for help when they need that,” Manning said.

When you’re ready to move, it’s safe and easy to make it happen. The Society is scheduling move-in times in advance and a few family members can help you get settled.

“We’re screening those family members just to make sure that they’re safe as well,” Manning said.

It’s a great time to join one of Good Samaritan Society’s communities. To find out if it’s best for your family, check out the Society’s website.

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