Personal Care Options for Christian Retirees

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There are more than 57 million senior citizens in the US right now. The current economy and the rising cost of living are the making it difficult for them to find affordable and comfortable accommodations. Most senior adults are struggling to make ends meet due to their rising medical bills and increasing housing costs. However, these reasons are not enough for many senior couples to leave their age-old home in a safe, secure and well-known Christian neighborhood.

Many are wary of new and strange neighbors. Throughout the decades, we survive on habits, and our surroundings, including our neighbors, become a part of that routine. Changing that drastically is always tough, but the advanced age makes it close to impossible. For true Christians, neighborly love, community care, and a strong society are always irreplaceable. They do not lose value even when climbing down the stairs each Sunday morning takes close to 30 minutes, and the same walk from home to the church seems longer with each passing day.

How are Christian senior retirement communities different from non-faith based assisted living?

Religion always assumes a vital position in our lives as we age, but finding a new place to live that will facilitate peace of mind, yet provide the care necessary for healthy living can be challenging. Any ordinary retirement home in the city might not have the facilities you are searching. A Christian senior care facility strives to provide wholesome care to the residents; you will even find some that give Alzheimer's and dementia care. They take care of the mind, body, and soul. They have pastors and priests visiting the premises, dedicated prayer rooms, hymn and sermons, Bible reading sessions and religious group trips.

A genuinely Christian retirement home fosters real human relationship. They encourage group activity, member interactions, proper physical exercises, and healthy diets. They always keep personal hygiene and health on the highest priority levels. In most of these retirement homes, you do not need to be of the Christian faith to become a member. These homes welcome people of all religions to share their life with the others.

Why should you consider Christian assisted living homes?

Research shows that religion has significantly positive effects on the physical and mental health of the seniors. Here are a few reasons you might want to reconsider Christian residential assisted living homes.

- In a study at Duke University involving 542 patients, the participants reported a significant reduction in depressive symptoms and other medical illnesses with increasing religious attendance.

Religion can become a robust coping mechanism for those with spinal cord injury, brain injury, arthritis, and cancer. A Missouri-Columbia University study backs that data.

- Almost 76% of doctors believe that spirituality and religion can help patients cope better with their diagnosis.

- Around 55% of physicians state that religion is a source of emotional and practical support for their patients.

- There are strong links between health and religion, as per a recent publication in the Counseling, Psychotherapy and Health journal.

A majority of the times, people feel more at home in Christian assisted living facilities due to shared faith, values, and ideals.