We will all grow old one day and when reaching that period in life, it can be reassuring to know about the different types of senior care, which can help with managing the daily routine. Before deciding on a senior care type, however, it is essential to understand the different options available in order to ensure you or your loved one’s well-being and safety are being taken care of. These two factors, in fact, should be considered before any other factor such as cost.
Understanding the Different Options in Senior Care:
Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, nursing homes, and assisted living. The communities aim at meeting the changing needs of seniors as they grow older in order to eliminate the need to move to a different community later on. Therefore, services and housing types are offered to the residents for life (that is, if the family is willing to shoulder the costs).
Often referred to as senior housing, independent living facilities, help self-sufficient seniors who are still able to live by themselves grow old in a safe, senior-friendly environment. Besides offering support services such as housekeeping and laundry, most also offer a wide range of activities in order to keep active seniors busy and involved and to make them feel at home in the community.
Assisted Living, for example, is offered in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). Resident needs will vary and it is up to you to pick the right apartment home, which typically has one or two bedrooms. The price of assisted living will usually depend on the services that you want to avail like:
- Medication management
- Dressing, etc.
Socialization, of course, is also important and that’s why seniors are provided with different events, classes, and activities in most assisted living communities. Generally speaking, assisted living is a great option for seniors who want to have some degree of independence, but should not be living alone anymore.
Individuals suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, need facilities specializing in dealing with these diseases and thus senior care communities focusing on memory care, Alzheimer’s Disease, and dementia care should be considered. You can choose among the Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), assisted living, and nursing homes, whose staff are trained to handle patients suffering from the diseases. Care offerings focus on the safety of seniors, structured routines to help them cope with memory loss and personalized attention.
Nursing homes, also often referred to as skilled nursing facilities, allow you to choose between skilled care and rehab therapy. The latter may include:
- Occupational, and
- Physical therapies
From the short term, you can transfer your loved one to the long-term care in some communities. Residents with chronic disability or illness may receive medical care over the long-term in nursing homes.
If you or your loved one is still able to live alone at home but needs some additional assistance or if you are simply not willing or ready to move, home care is an option worth considering. There are many agencies, which offer taking care of your loved one at home, and the level of care they provide depends on what you hire them for: they can, for example, only provide basic care and help with bathing and dressing in the morning, or support your loved one around the clock.