Is Assisted Living Right For You? If so, what type?
Different types of eldercare options provide different levels of service, care, and independence.
INDEPENDENT RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
These communities are ideal for seniors who are ready to down-size from the family home and may need basic assistance. They also benefit seniors who are able to live alone and want to be part of a secure and social environment, without the responsibilities of home maintenance and cooking. Services include 3 meals per day, snacks, housekeeping, planned activities, transportation, laundry and 24-hour staffing.
ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES
These more service oriented communities are designated by the level of care needed by the resident, including Alzheimer’s and Memory Care. Services can include medical oversight, including insulin administration, medication monitoring, bathing, grooming, escorting to appointments, addressing special dietary needs and incontinence care. Residents are offered a full range of activities, entertainment and 3 meals and snacks per day, housekeeping, transportation, laundry and 24-hour staffing.
BOARD & CARE HOMES
These homes provide an increased level of assistance and care with a higher staff-to-resident presence. They are designed for those who may be frail or who are suffering from a chronic condition requiring assistance with bathing, medication monitoring, dressing, incontinence care, walking, grooming and feeding. Many of these homes specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and can include hospice waivers. There are also 3 meals and snacks served daily, laundry, housekeeping, transportation, activities, 24-hour staffing.
IN- HOME CARE
Home Care is for those who prefer to stay at home, but require regular attention by a trained caregiver. Both licensed medical personnel and non-licensed caregivers can be hired to be on-hand for bathing, feeding, cleaning the home, and preparing meals. This option may also include rehabilitative assistance and hospice care. The staff members are paid for by the individual or family.