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Whether you are looking for a residential options for yourself, or your loved one, we at SeniorStrong.com understand how important this decision is.
The good news is that there are many residences that provide descriptions and images online. These days its easier than ever to compare housing options right in your backyard, or anywhere in the country.
Assisted Living residences are for people who can live independently, but need some help with certain tasks. These may include daily activities such as eating, bathing, lavatory, laundry, and medication assistance. Assisted living facilities generally provide meal services, housekeeping, transportation, emergency medical assistance, 24 hour nurse care, and more.
Independent Living housing, also known as Retirement Communities, are essentially a residence for seniors who are able to live alone, with no assistance. The best of these provide a comfortable and safe lifestyle, atmosphere and community. Amenities may include, meal services, housekeeping , laundry, beauty salons / barber shops, shopping, recreation areas, and planned activities or outings.
Age requirements differ for each facility. Many are open to those age 50 and above.
There are now assisted living residences specifically tailored and staffed for those persons needing specialized care relating to Alzheimer’s Disease. Staff at these facilities will be trained in caring for Alzheimer’s and there should be a strong focus on safety.
Home Care is for any senior needing assistance in their own home. The care provided may be health related such as administering medications or tests. Or they may involve daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, exercise, physical therapy, and/or using the bathroom. Housekeeping and meal preparation may be included as well.
Respite Care refers to home care that is short-term or temporary in nature. Respite is provided as a break or “rest” for the primary caregiver of a senior (or child) who needs constant care. Respite is very important for the caregiver, who is often a family member, to not only get a well-deserved break from the day to day work required to provide care, but also for that person to be able to take care of their own needs.
Respite Care is can be very beneficial and necessary not only for the caregiver, but often for the senior who receives the care as a welcome change of routine.
Often called, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), these facilities provide different levels of care for seniors. A senior may transition from one type of care to another, without the need to move entirely to another community.
For example, a family may find an independent living apartment for their Mom, and if later she needs assisted living services, or even skilled nursing care, she could move into another area of the property, or simply add the appropriate service to their care routine. CCRC’s are ready for the evolving needs of the residents as they age or if their health conditions change.
Retirement communities offer an independent living option, often with excellent amenities. The advantage of living in a retirement facility or development is the sense of community as well as convenience. Important factors to look for are quality or life, activities, outings, and of course safety.
The age requirements are generally flexible enough to allow both baby-boomers and older residents as well.
Alternatively known as a Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU), or convalescent home, Nursing Homes are a place for seniors (or others) who need constant nursing care and would not be able to live in other facilities without such services.
Other services may include rehabilitation, physical therapy, and a wide array of physical and/or mental therapies.