Moving to a retirement home or an assisted living home can be both exciting and difficult. Every new resident in a retirement home goes through a transition stage which is easier if the new community provides an environment that will make newcomers feel welcome, secure, and well-cared for. Thus, it is extremely important that the chosen community can provide the personal needs of the seniors and make them feel that they are simply moving into their second home.
Touring the different assisted living homes in the area is the best way to determine the most appropriate facility for you or a loved one. We will briefly define each type of care, as well as give you an idea of the signs you can look for to decide whether or not a senior living option is the right one for your elderly loved one.
Independent living communities (also often referred to as retirement communities) are often seen as the first rung of the senior living ladder. Seniors in these communities have their own private apartments, villas, or townhomes and don’t need much medical care or assistance yet. Usually, independent living communities are ideal for seniors who no longer want the burden of a big house but are healthy enough to take care of themselves, prepare most of their meals, and manage their own affairs.
If an elderly family member wants to remain in their home, but needs assistance with a few everyday tasks-bathing, dressing, preparing meals, managing medications, getting the mail, tidying up, etc. then in-home care might be a good option. In this type of senior care scenario, a caregiver will actually come to the senior’s house on a regular basis. That basis can be once a day or once a week, depending on how independent the senior is and depending on what their specific needs are.
The care model in assisted living communities is essentially a mix of the independent living and in-home care options described above. Seniors living in private apartments, as in retirement communities, but are frequently visited by nurses or aides, similar to in-home care. Generally, seniors in assisted living communities have reached a point with their health, their mobility, or both where they can no longer safely live on their own. Many of the services that caregivers provide in assisted living communities-help with meals, medications, bathing, using the bathroom, dressing, housekeeping, and more aren’t actually that different from the services provided in the in-home care model.
When an elderly loved one has become frail or ill to the point where they need around-the-clock attention and care, a nursing home is the right senior living environment for them. Nursing homes provide access to high-quality, skilled nursing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week-meaning that your loved one is never far from advanced medical care if and when they need it. Residents in nursing homes, then, are often struggling with medical issues that need that level of attention, or require so much assistance with day-to-day tasks that they can’t really live independently in any way.
The choice of retirement homes and assisted living homes may be overwhelming but if you know what you want or what your elderly loved ones need then it is not such a difficult choice. Choosing the right local community to start a new life can be exciting especially when it feels a lot like a home or even better with the right people to take care of you.
With all this in mind please do not hesitate to give us a call or contact us today with any type of concerns that you might have. For some even more ideas on how to take care of your loved one see our blog site!