What Type of Senior Care is Right?

As your family begins to age, it’s natural for children to be concerned for their parents’ ability to care for themselves. The transition to a senior care community can be difficult, but it’s important to find the community that works best for their needs for independence, care, mobility, and more.

Here are the benefits of the 4 different types of senior care communities

  • Independent Living: For those seniors who want more independence, independent living offers that independence while removing any maintenance responsibilities. In addition, they have access to activities, amenities, and commercial services to enjoy with other seniors. Finally, even without on-site care, reliable help is usually close by.
  • Assisted Living: While assisted living can still provide some sense of independence, they give seniors assistance with tasks like bathing, dressing, and eating. This apartment-style living provides a combination of privacy and social interaction. There are often health care service either on-site or visiting residents occasionally.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility: These accredited facilities offer more access to healthcare services, but follow regiments to ensure physical activity and follow necessary dietary needs. Many SNFs are known for their rehabilitation and healing abilities, even if just for the short term before returning to more independent living. On the other hand, they may offer a long-term solution for seniors who need 24/7 custodial care.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community: These care communities offer accommodations for all above types of living. The purpose of this is for residents to live out the remainder of their life in one place. Regardless of the needs they have, their needs will always be made after some quick adjustments. More important the community they’ve built will not be affected by these changes.

One other option that is available in any of these community situations is to have home health aides or companion care “added in” to what is already in the community. This means that just because a senior is in Independent Living doesn’t mean there can’t be added help coming in a few days a week.

As new generation reach retirement age, communities are arising offering more choices for senior living. The Care Assistance Center knows that peace of mind is the most important aspect of care. We help clients understand the options available to them with assistance through Long Term Care Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. For help planning for the future of your loved ones, contact us now.