If you or someone you love is looking into senior care, then this article series should give you a lot of helpful information. In part one, will describe the different options available for providing quality senior living environments, both at home and in-home. In part two looks at how to pay for assisted living and the various financial obligations involved. The ultimate goal for senior care is to give the best possible care in the selected environment. With this in mind, there are several options to consider when looking into senior care:
Assisted living homes and full-service nursing care centers. A traditional assisted living facility may need some extra help, depending on your loved one’s age and overall health. A skilled nursing home can be a good option for seniors with mild to moderate health problems, since they already know the daily routines and the staff is very familiar with their likes and dislikes. For those with more serious health problems, or ones that can’t live alone, a full-service facility may be necessary. Senior independent living facilities (SIFs) provide additional services for those requiring it.
Caregivers, whether it’s a personal assistant, a live-in personal caretaker, or in-home care for seniors with a physical disability. Live-in caregivers are a great option for older loved ones because it allows them to keep their independence while still giving constant assistance around the clock. Live-in caregivers are often an addition to the in-home senior care. They may come in once per week, or as needed.
Full-time caregivers. This option is often for very senior, or very frail, patients that don’t require much help with daily living activities. Full-time in home care generally involves someone staying onsite 24 hours a day to take care of basic needs, like bathing, getting dressed, feeding, and more. If the patient requires more assistance, like bathing, getting dressed, getting around the house, or something else, the caregiver may come in once a day.
Assisted living. Assisted living is where medication management is included in the senior care agreement. Medication management involves a variety of services, including dispensing medication, monitoring symptoms, keeping the senior safe, and more. If medications are a challenge for the patient, or if the patient requires more than the assistance of a caregiver, this can also come in the form of an assisted living apartment.
Assisted living facilities include a mix of both in-house and on-site personnel. Often times, there are a mix of professionals such as a physician, a nurse, a dentist, and a therapist on site. Seniors living in assisted living communities are able to have their needs met by not only onsite staff, but also by having those staff available whenever they are needed. In-house staff is also a significant benefit, especially when it comes to senior housing communities that offer a mixed group of residents. This ensures that residents who do have special needs will be matched with the appropriate staff, so that the resident is able to maintain his or her quality of life.
Other services offered in assisted living homes and senior housing communities include meals provided at certain times of the day and night. This helps the elderly adult retain their independence and allows them to eat in a private dining room. There may also be a program that offers visiting hours for younger, more healthy family members. The staff may also offer services like helping the resident to get clothing to wear and shopping for groceries.
There are several options for seniors who are looking for a way to maintain their independence and reduce their daily responsibilities. Some of these options include: in-home care, respite care, and in-home assistance, or the combination of both. Finding the right option is an important part of meeting a senior’s needs, and can help the senior live an even healthier and happier life.