A Guide to Senior Housing: Which Type of Care is Right for Me?May 15, 2019
With so many different senior housing and care types out there, what's the best fit for my needs? This can be a complex question to answer, but we're here to help.
In this month's edition of the True Blue blog, we'll be discussing the main features of the different types of care we offer, which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short Stays, Senior Apartments, and Personal Care. We'll also walk you through senior care options offered through other types of services or centers.
Not sure which care type is right for you? We have a super handy survey that helps to match your needs with your ideal lifestyle option. Feel free to take the survey at any time!
True Blue Lifestyle Options
Also referred to as Alzheimer's care or dementia care, memory care communities generally offer 24-hour support, along with activities designed to help improve the symptoms associated with progressive memory loss.
In Memory Care at Blue Harbor, we plan activities that help to stimulate the senses and boost cognition, such as arts and crafts activities or hand massages. We love creating an environment that encourages social bonding, physical activity, and creativity. From outings to special classes to WOW! Moments, our True Blue team offers something special for everyone.
Assisted Living or Personal Care
Assisted Living communities are designed for individuals who need a little extra help, but don't require intensive around-the-clock skilled nursing. Assisted Living offers help with day-to-day tasks such as medication management, meals, and housekeeping.
Thanks to the community atmosphere and fun schedule of activities, assisted living communities are an excellent option for seniors who need support but don't require the intensive medical care offered through nursing homes.
Respite care is temporary, short-term assisted living. Many of our communities offer this type of Short Stay. This option is often well-suited for someone who are recovering from a hospital stay and may need some extra assistance as they recover. Alternatively, respite care may be a good option if the primary in-home caregiver is away or if a senior simply wants to try out community living to see if it's a good fit for them.
Independent Living or Senior Apartments
Independent living communities, often referred to as retirement communities, 55+ communities, or senior apartments, are designed for independent seniors who don't need much day-to-day support but who would benefit from living in an engaging, fun, community atmosphere (learn all about the benefits of social connection for seniors!). While doctors are available on-call, many independent living communities are designed for seniors who need little to no medical assistance.
Other Common Senior Care Types
Also known as skilled nursing, long-term care centers, nursing centers, or convalescent care, nursing homes provide around-the-clock 24-hour skilled nursing care for seniors who require more intensive care and assistance.
Often referred to as adult family homes or residential care homes, group homes are good for seniors who need the care of live-in caretakers, but would prefer a smaller, more intimate environment than may be available at larger centers or communities. Residents live together in a private residence and receive care from live-in caretakers.
Home care aides give seniors the opportunity to live in their homes while receiving in-home care as needed. Home care can vary in terms of frequency and services tailored to the resident’s individual needs.
Finding the Best Option for You
We hope that this is a helpful guide for those initiating their senior housing search! If you're unsure about which option is the best for you or your aging loved one, we encourage you to take our senior lifestyle survey and reach out to us to schedule a time to talk. We are here to help! Best of luck on your search!
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