Retirement homes are on the rise in Kenya, but people are still resistant to the idea of living with their aged parents in an institution. Retirement homes can be very beneficial for both parties. Here are some advantages.

1. they get Professional Care

Retirement communities are staffed by qualified and skilled carers who can care for your mom and dad around the clock. This guarantees that your parents receive the medical treatment and assistance they require, such as medication administration, monitoring systems, and additional help with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

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2. they get to socialize with others

Retirement communities provide numerous opportunities for social interaction, essential to preserving emotional and mental wellness. Your mom and dad will have the chance to socialize with other elderly, take part in group events and outings, and meet new people. This can aid in preventing loneliness, depressed mood, and social isolation, all of which are frequent issues among the elderly who live alone.

3. Safety and Security 

Retirement communities provide a comfortable and secure atmosphere for seniors, with features such as secure entrance points, emergency alert systems, and emergency staff on hand. This can provide you with comfort and understanding that your family are in a safe location where they can receive immediate help when it's needed.

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4. reduced burden on the family

Caring for elderly parents can be physically, psychosocially, and financially taxing. You can relieve the responsibility of caring for your family by relocating your parents to a retirement community so that you can concentrate on your own needs and obligations. This can also help prevent carer burnout, which can be detrimental to your well-being and well-being.

5. you get peace of mind

Perhaps most importantly, relocating your mom and dad to a retirement village can provide you with peace of mind and understanding that they are being well-cared for in a safe and encouraging environment. This can help reduce the tension and worry often accompanying caring for ageing parents, allowing you to enjoy your time with them despite the additional burden of caregiving.