Independence is something we all value greatly, and having our independence taken away can be terrifying, especially when it’s because our bodies are aging. While staying active and living a healthy lifestyle can have a positive effect on our health, there are still the unknowns, the unpredictable events that threaten us.
One of the benefits of joining an independent living community or an assisted living community is the security and peace of mind provided by knowing that you have someone to call on for help when you need it. There is no better example of this than what happened at one of our very own assisted living homes.
Recognizing the signs and getting help.
Last year, a resident, a sweet little lady, at our assisted living home went into cardiac arrest. We had noticed a little bit of change in her disposition, in her personality, in the way she was eating, not eating as much at her mealtime, watching the changes in her. Her complexion, her whole outlook on everything had changed, things weren’t quite right. We spend a lot of time around these people, so we know from day-to-day what they’re going to say, how they’re going to act, how they’re going to react, how they are. We could tell something was going on with her.
She was always little bit adamant about going to the doctor. We tried to get her to go the doctor, but she refused to go. We brought the son in and asked him to talk to her. The son asked us, “Do you think I ought to take her to her general doctor, or just run her down to an Urgent Care?” We advised that he take her to urgent care which he did. Urgent Care did some tests and realized she had 90% blockage in 4 or 5 of her arteries, and shot her straight to Gwinnett Medical.
The son was absolutely elated with us. He was so glad that we noticed the change, reacted on that change, and took it upon ourselves to give him a call. People often don’t want to take it upon themselves to do these kind of things, or they’re not wanting to do them probably because they don’t feel good. The reason they don’t feel good is that’s the reason they need to go the doctor. Things are like oxygen not getting to where it needs to be.
You’ve heard the saying, “you can’t see the trees for the forest sometime.” That’s exactly what’s going on. People, they don’t pay a lot of attention, they take for granted how they feel, and what’s going on around them, and they don’t pay a lot of attention to their wants and needs until it gets to be an emergency situation. The people around them, our staff and the people that we have working at Magnolia, are trained to recognize these things and understand what’s going on. They could tell that there wasn’t something, she just wasn’t quite right, something was going on.
As professional care givers, we have to assume that she needs to seen about it. Somebody needs to check her out on a more professional level than what we’re trained to do, like a doctor or a nurse. Thank goodness she’s up at our Assisted Living with 24-hour oversight where she could get the help she needed.
Oversight provides peace-of-mind for seniors and their families.
One of the biggest benefits of Assisted Living is that oversight. There is a lot of danger in having symptoms of a serious issue but not recognizing them. Having people around who are able to recognize when something may not be right and take action is a big relief for families.
Magnolia Estates offers two levels of senior living – independent living and assisted living. The independent living environment allows seniors to keep their independence while having the security and help of a caring community. Our assisted living communities provide more assistance in the activities of daily living, more medical assistance, and 24 hour oversight.
If you would like to talk to someone about your options and see which is the best fit for you or your loved one, please call Magnolia Estates at 770-212-3734.