Learning More About Holistic Care In An Assisted Living Home


Many elderly people are unable to take strong painkillers because they are unable to function while taking them. For these older folks, natural, alternative forms of pain management are best. The same may also be true for your older loved one about medications prescribed for anxiety and depression. Learning more about the benefits of alternative nursing care in assisted living homes is a good idea.

Why Choose Assisted Living And Alternative Care

When you know it is too lonely for your elderly loved one to live alone, an assisted living home is perfect. For older people that have a hard time getting around and are prone to falling, an assisted facility is great because there are nursing professionals on call day and night. Your loved one can have help with meals, cleaning and more.  Successful holistic care includes treatment and attention that focuses on your loved one's psychological, physiological and spiritual needs being in synchronization and as one. Some soothing alternative therapies include:

  • Relaxation massage therapy sessions: Massage therapy can ease pain and help to calm your loved one.

  • Acupressure: This therapy uses massage in areas of the body's pressure points for relieving pain and anxiety.

  • Guided imagery: Guided imagery includes having your loved one relax and imagine being in beautiful places. Many imagery therapists incorporate aromatherapy with guided imagery to get the most relaxing effects from it.

  • Animal-assisted therapy: Research has found that animals provide sick and elderly people with a special kind of comfort. Animal care attendants can visit your loved one, bring along a puppy or a kitten for spending time with him or her. You may be surprised to see a smile out of a loved one that has been deeply depressed or sad when a puppy is sitting in his or her lap.

  • Prayer: For some older folks, faith gets them through painful experiences and tough times. Your loved one will get to grow spiritually while living in an assisted living home. Many facilities have chapels and church services available for their residents.

Emotional and spiritual well-being means a lot in how your loved one feels physically. When an illness, whether mental or physical, is treated from every aspect of a person, it is easier to get to the root cause of it. Taking the time to learn more about holistic, alternative care for your elderly loved one is worthwhile and could be the best way to get your loved one back to being happy and content.

Contact a company like Alternative Nursing Services for more information.


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Helping Mom To Settle In

After I realized that my mom couldn't live on her own anymore, I started shopping for the right assisted living center. It was challenging and she was nervous about making the transition, but I knew that it would be in her best interest. After finding an incredible senior center, I moved her in and she actually started to enjoy the experience. This blog is all about helping your elderly loved ones to settle in, enjoy their time in senior living, and make the most of their new lives. You never know, by making the right decisions, your parents could enjoy a happier, healthier life.