With over 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 everyday, and more options to choose from then ever before, finding the right senior living can seem harder than ever. Over the decades Senior Living Options have drastically changed. In the past, “One Size Fits All” was the heavily driven mindset. Now, we are realizing the needs of our senior citizens are so vastly different that we must make changes to accommodate their needs properly. We hope this information will help you learn about senior living and educate those who need a better understanding to make the best choice for their loved ones.
Senior Living Options
Alzheimer’s Care – A Alzheimer’s Care Facility, can be a free standing community or is often part of a larger Assisted Living Community. These facilities specialize in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s, and other types of dementia. The staff is specifically trained to care for and communicate with memory impaired individuals.
Assisted Living – An Assisted Living Community or an Assisted Living Facility is housing for persons needing assistance with daily living needs such as dressing, medications and bathing. Assisted Living Facilities provide supervision, safety and ensure the well-being of residents who no longer can live alone. These facilities ensure care from outside providers and are a growing alternative to Nursing Homes. With over 31,000 Assisted Living Facilities throughout the United States it is important to research your options.
Care Home – Care homes also known as “Residential Homes” or “Personal Care Homes” are for persons seeking a more home-like atmosphere for themselves or their loved one. These care homes offer a small, family like setting and usually consist of three to ten residents within one home. Usually located in neighborhoods and often are not recognizable from the outside, care homes offer similar services received in an Assisted Living Community, but with more hands on, one-on-one care.
Continuing Care – Continuing care retirement communities, often called CCRC’s for short offer a wide range of services in one location. CCRC’s offer independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and even dementia care. Continuing care communities are a place where seniors can receive the care they need without having to make multiple moves.
Independent Senior Living – Independent Senior Living Communities also known as Retirement Communities, are for persons aged 55+ who need minimal to no assistance. This senior style of living is a great option for those seniors looking to downsize from a home. Communities generally are apartment or condominium style and offer multiple services and amenities for a relatively low monthly cost. Since this type of living is truly “independent”, assistance with daily living (ADL’s) such as dressing, bathing and medications are not provided. Most residents are typically mobile and some still drive their own vehicles. Most residents do not have major medical conditions that hinder their daily life.
Nursing Home – Nursing homes are for persons who have chronic and complex medical conditions and need long term skilled nursing inpatient facility (SNF or SNiF). These medical conditions may cause severe cognitive impairment, require greater help with activities of daily living (ADL), or be related to a debilitating medical conditions under management of a registered nurse (RN). They may be a good option for persons with serious memory issues such as Alzheimer’s. Some locations will offer a variety of floor plans and options to allow couple to remain together. Nursing homes offer both long-term and short-term stay. They are often utilized after surgery, hospital admit, or serious illness. If your loved one does not need 24-hour, skilled care you may also want to research Independent and Assisted Living.
55 Plus Apartments – Residents at 55+ Senior Apartments must be over the age of 55 to reside within the community. Generally most residents are in good health and are able to cook and care for themselves. Usually a decision is made to move in from a desire to downsize and be in a community with those closer to their age. All the perks of living at home are still there, but residents are free from the hassles of tedious issues like yard care and house maintenance.