Brain injuries can happen to anyone at any time. However, as people age, the risk of certain injuries increases. That’s because health issues become more prevalent, but also because physical strength declines.
As strength declines, balance problems increase. If an elderly person trips and stumbles, seemingly out of the blue, they could break their wrist, leg, ankle, knee, hip, and many other parts of their body. They can suffer catastrophic injuries.
They also run the risk of smacking their head on the ground, which can lead to brain injuries. If a senior has a brain injury due to a lack of oxygen following a medical emergency like a heart attack or stroke, an illness, injury, or some other issue, they will have difficulty maintaining their daily routines without assistance.
How can a quality assisted living community help an elderly person with a brain injury?
Not all assisted living communities are equipped to support aging seniors with these serious conditions, but for those that are, they can be a safe haven, a place where staff are ready to support this senior any time during the day or night, if needed.
A person with a brain injury will have limited capacity, especially based on their previous healthy life. However, that doesn’t mean they have to give up living. In fact, when seniors choose assisted living, they almost have a new lease on life.
There may be activities that are beneficial for somebody with a brain injury, some types of activities that can stimulate neural activity.
An elderly person dealing with significant changes as a result of a brain injury might also feel more comfortable and confident being surrounded by other peers their own age, even if they don’t know them very well.
Making friends can be beneficial.
Human beings are social creatures. We are designed to connect with others. Living in isolation with any type of disability, physical limitation, health issue, or other factor will take a toll. This could be exacerbated the older a person is.
Moving to assisted living can allow somebody the emotional connection they have been lacking while living alone, with a brain injury or not.
If an elderly loved one in your family has suffered any type of significant injury or even suffers from dementia, reach out to a local memory care assisted living community or other assisted living facility and find out what kind of supports they may be able to provide, which could be extremely beneficial in the long run.