Every year in the United States 1.5 million seniors reside in nursing homes, according to the CDC. There are many different types of assisted living services, so it is important to take these into consideration when searching for the right facility for your loved one. For example,typically, the terminally ill, disabled, and elderly are placed into nursing homes because they provide 24 hour healthcare. Other options include assisted living and senior independent living.
A nursing home is a long term care facility that provides residents with assistance and high level of medical care. On average, a resident of a nursing home is admitted for about 835 days. Most of those admitted to nursing homes have complex medical conditions that need skilled nursing services and around the clock care. In addition, the staff helps with daily activities, such as feeding, bathing, speech, and physical therapy when appropriate. If your loved ones has Alzheimer’s or needs more care because of Dementia, check if the nursing home has a special area for seniors with these conditions. Most often, nursing homes will have separate areas that provide residents with extra attention and specialized care.
Some senior care facilities offer residents to remain independent, yet still provide them with healthcare. For example, assisted living services are made for seniors who cannot live in their own home, but do not require the 24 hour attention of a nursing home. While at the assisted living home, your loved one will be helped with daily living activities, medications, meals, and housekeeping. Also while living in this facility, social activities and scheduled tours are commonly available depending on the community. The goal of assisted living is to help seniors stay as independent as possible while offering any extra help they may need.
Senior Independent Living
An independent living facility are communities dedicated to seniors with very little medical issues. These residents live in their own private apartment which is fully equipped with all the necessities to live on their own. Different sizes are available, ranging from a studio apartment to a two bedroom depending on the community. Sizes of the apartments vary at different locations. Some independent living facilities offer meal packages, entertainment, and social outings to keep them active and entertained.
There are many different types of assisted living services, so it is important to determine the needs of your loved one before deciding on a facility. From independent living in their own apartment to 24 hour care around the clock in a nursing homes, placing your loved one in the right care facility will leave them happy and comfortable.