When you move into an assisted living home, you might initially be fine with the idea of visiting your local health professionals when needed. However, as time goes on, you might not wish to make these outings, especially if you've decided to give up your vehicle.
Instead of asking a family member to take you to your appointments, it could be a good idea to choose an assisted living home that invites health professionals in for appointment days several times throughout the month. While most assisted living facilities will have on-site health practitioners around the clock, many will also invite specialists in for their residents.
Here are some healthcare professionals whose visits can be helpful when living in an assisted living facility:
Many elderly people contend with a variety of foot-related issues at various times, so selecting an assisted living home that has a podiatrist visit to see its residents could be useful. Whether you have corns, calluses, plantar fasciitis, or you have tripped and sprained one of your ankles, you will appreciate being able to see a foot care expert where you live.
A podiatrist is especially valuable if you're dealing with pain that makes it difficult to get around. The last thing you'll want to do is go out into the community for an appointment if you’re already having trouble being on your feet.
Aches and pains can decrease your quality of life as you age, making it difficult to sleep well or even sit for long stretches. Instead of allowing a sore back, neck, or other parts of your body to limit your enjoyment of your golden years, you can seek relief from a chiropractor who visits your assisted living home to care for its residents.
A chiropractor who visits the residence at regular intervals—for example, one day a week—can not only assess the reason for your physical discomfort but can also adjust your body accordingly to relieve the pain that you're experiencing.
While chiropractic care helps many people as they age, not everyone needs or necessarily wants to have his or her spine and other joints throughout the body adjusted. For those with aches and pains who prefer a more gentle healing approach, massage therapy can be very helpful.
Many massage therapists will visit assisted living homes to care for the residents. The therapist can set up his or her table in a quiet room and help you meet your goals of less pain and deeper relaxation.
Fifty percent of Americans over the age of 75 have some measure of hearing loss, which means that if you're in this age group, there's a chance that you'll need to occasionally see an audiologist.
With appointments for hearing tests, hearing aid fittings, and hearing aid maintenance, you might not want to be constantly traveling across town to visit this specialist. Having him or she takes clients at your assisted living home will make your life easier.
For people who are recovering from surgery or who have sustained an injury, appointments with an occupational therapist are integral to the healing process. This health practitioner will help to strengthen the affected area through a series of exercises, while also helping to improve your range of motion, balance, and overall mobility.
On-site visits from an occupational therapist at your assisted living home will be valuable, especially in the early stages following surgery or an injury, as your ability to get around may be compromised.
For more information about the many services that you can receive upon moving into assisted living, contact Soquel Leisure Villa Inc. today.