Families have preferences when the search for senior housing surfaces. With so many senior housing options offered, it’s easy to feel weighed down by all the different kinds of communities. It’s important to learn the differences among the many elder care solutions.
Placement service is provided free of charge to families in order to assist the elderly and their families in a stressful time of transition. When a Placement Service meets with a family they evaluate the level of assistance required, geographical area desired, and the financial situation of the client.
Senior Housing Options
Discover some of the senior housing options available by using this quick reference guide:
Independent Living Communities
Senior independent living communities cater to seniors who are very independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments.
Assisted Living communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Assistance with medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping are routinely provided.
Several senior housing options for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s are available. It is important to remember that with memory impaired persons they should have 24-hour assistance and well thought-out activities to ensure their safety and quality of life.
Nursing homes provide around-the-clock skilled nursing care for the frail elderly who require a high level of medical care and assistance. Many nursing homes now provide short-term rehabilitative stays for those recovering from an injury, illness or surgery. Long-term care residents generally have high care needs and complex medical conditions that require routine skilled nursing services. Some facilities have a separate unit for Alzheimer’s residents.
Residential Care Homes
Typically, residential care homes are private homes where residents receive care from live-in caretakers. These homes offer a more private, home-like community with the added benefit of assisted care services.
Caregivers are provided a temporary vacation from caretaking duties while the resident is well cared for during a short-term stay. Respite care programs are available in many assisted living communities, nursing homes and are offered to Alzheimer’s residents as well. Residents typically stay from a week to a month, depending on their situation.
Home care assistance allows seniors to remain in their own home and feel independent while receiving aid. Home care services range from once a week to 24 hours a day depending on the needs of the client.