Senior Housing Options
Independent and retirement living communities provide housing for seniors who do not need assistance but a safe and secure place to live. Options are a studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Some included washer/dryer and sun decks. Each appartment is unique in offering features such as grab bars, emergency pull cords, and locked secured facility at night. Services might include one large meal, a complimentary breakfast bar, housekeeping, planned recreational outings, social activities and public transportation is available. Some communities have beauty/barber, gift shops, general store and exercise room with work-out machines. Keeping seniors independent and active is the goal of these communities.
Assisted living communities are for seniors who do not need skilled medical care, but do need help with certain activities of daily living- bathing, dressing, ambulation, and medication. Assisted living can also offer some supervision for early short-term memory loss. Most states have licensing requirements for assisted living communities. All facilities have a licensed nurses full time or on call.
Assisted living communities vary in accommodations. They typically provide private/semi-private, one bedroom apartments, common areas for socializing, recreation and exercise, planned activities, three meals plus snacks and 24-hour staffing. Some include beauty/barber, gift shops, general store, and exercise room with work-out machines. The activities and common areas provide social contact that help seniors avoid isolation and depression. To meet individual seniors needs they offer some personalized support services, such as meals delivered to their apartment when ill, housekeeping, laundry service and emergency monitoring systems.
Adult Family Home:
Some seniors needing assistance might feel more comfortable in a smaller more personalized setting. An adult family home could be a good choice. The homes are small with 2-6 residents, Some homes serve up to 15 residents. These family homes provide private, semi-private rooms with meals and snacks. Some provide limited nursing care and some have RN available. They provide a safe, secure environment with stimulation activities, personal and memory care. Some homes have transportation provided. Public transportation is sometimes available.
Alzheimers/Dementia are similar to both Assisted living and adult family homes. They are structured to serve memory-impaired seniors who cannot take care of themselves. They provide constant supervision, and activities 7 days a week. They assist with activities of daily living, and give personalized care providing mental and memory stimulation.
Well-designed communities are staffed with professionals trained to care for Alzheimers and dementia residents.
Skilled nursing provides comprehensive care for people with medical needs that require attention by a licensed nurse. These facilities may be the best choice for individuals requiring multiple types of services and could be temporary. While providing 24-hour care, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, other health professionals work to support and sustain seniors. physical and emotional well-being. Physicians visit residents at skilled nursing homes regularly.
Adult Day Care is a nice option for the care giver who is working full time and needs some time off. Sometimes adult daycare services are offered in an assisted living facility. Seniors who need oversight can come for full or partial days, enjoy activities and socialize during the daytime hours. Usually lunch and snacks are served. No overnight confirmations.
Respite care is an option for a family member. When a care giver is unavailable for a short time. There are some homes/facilities that have an available room/apartment open for a resident to occupy when their caregiver is going to be gone. There is an admission process involved for admittance.