Breaking Down All of the Different Senior Care Options Available Today
When it comes to navigating the waters of senior care, most families today find they are overwhelmed by the different options available for their aging loved ones. There are eight primary forms of senior care options available today and no easy way to determine which one is best for your loved one. After all, every senior is unique and has their own unique care needs. Here’s what you need to know.
- Independent Living Communities
Also known as senior apartments or retirement homes, this is often the first step seniors take into the world of senior care. These communities can range from apartments to free-standing homes and often are equipped with a number of amenities. These communities are great for seniors who are still independent, yet want to socialize and be around their peers. This is a great step for seniors who want to downsize from their normal homes but don’t need assisted living yet.
- Assisted Living Communities
These facilities often have private rooms, or small apartments available for seniors and offer a number of amenities. These amenities typically include communal dining, programs, transportation services, along with housekeeping and maintenance services. These communities are ideal for seniors who are no longer able to live at home safely on their own, but who still don’t need a lot of care.
- Nursing Homes
In nursing homes, seniors typically have either a private or shared room and can enjoy central dining and a number of different senior-friendly activities. This type of facility is designed for elderly or disabled individuals who require 24 hour skilled assistance and help getting in and out of bed. These nursing homes also offer rehabilitative care and are often used for seniors who are recovering from surgery or illness.
- Memory Care
Also known as dementia care, these communities are geared directly towards seniors who are struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s. These communities provide communal eating facilities, activities and a unique design to prevent residents from wandering off.
- Respire Care
This type of senior care, also known as short-term care or adult day care are not meant to be permanent care solutions, but temporary options for seniors when their families, primary care givers or loved ones cannot provide them with care. Sometimes respite care happens when caregivers need a break or vacation, or it comes in the form of adult day care while the family is at work.
- Residential Care Homes
These communities are sometimes known as Board and Care Homes, Group Homes or Adult Family Homes. They are similar settings as in-home care settings. There are still recreation activities and dining options, and are more private feeling than other settings. Plus, many seniors feel more at ease in a home-type setting.
- Home Care Companies
Known as home health care or in-home personal care, these companies dispatch trained in home care providers to come look after seniors in their comfort of their own home or in their loved one’s homes.
- Hospice Care
Hospice care, or end of life care is designed to help seniors get the comfort or care they need in the final stages of battling an incurable disease. The focus of hospice care is not on extending the length of life but on the quality of the life that the senior has.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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