One of the biggest questions we’re asked is what are the different types of senior living options available today. If you’ve done research you’re most likely familiar with Assisted Living facilities as well as Long Term Care facilities (also known as skilled nursing facilities). Are you familiar with Continuous Care communities, or Independent Living communities? What are the differences between each? Listed below are brief descriptions of each, including some helpful tips and information we hope you’ll find useful.
In today’s world, the business of life can make it very difficult for families to always be as involved with their loved one’s care as they would like. Located in Knoxville, TN, we are here to be your advocate and help educate you on all of the options available to you regarding senior care.
These communities are designed for the active resident who has full control over all care related tasks for his or her life. This resident should be independent with all tasks including dressing, bathing, walking, cleaning and should be mentally alert and oriented. These facilities can be designed in apartment style settings, townhome or even single family home settings. The services and amenities available through Independent Living communities vary, but typically nursing or aide services are not included in your rent and are an additional cost (out of pocket). Most Independent living facilities offer cleaning services and dining options. This is a great solution for the resident who wants to maintain an active social and recreational life independently.
Assisted Living facilitiesThese facilities are designed for the resident who needs little to no help with all care related tasks for his or her life. This resident may be completely independent with dressing, bathing, and walking but may need the services of a nursing or aide staff. Assisted Living facilities are all structured differently, but typically you have a base apartment rent along with additional charges for care levels (based on the resident’s level of need). Residents in these facilities enjoy common living and dining areas, and usually have services available to include transportation, activities, health and wellness checks, housekeeping, laundry and security services. This is a great solution for the resident who also wants to maintain an active social and recreational life, but may be facing the need for nursing or aide services in the near future. For more information on Assisted Living, go to Assisted Living Federation of America
Long Term Care facilities (skilled nursing)These facilities are designed for someone who may not be suitable for an Assisted Living facility. Transition into a Long Term Care facility usually follows a hospitalization. The person transferring into a Long Term Care facility (skilled nursing) will work with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy for a certain period of time to rehabilitate, in order to move back into their residence. If the person is unable to completely rehabilitate there is the option to discuss permanent placement in that facility. If an individual is interested in direct placement into a Long Term Care facility, it would be recommended to inquire if the preferred facility has a waiting list.
Continuous Care Retirement CommunitiesThese facilities are also referred to as “multi-level care communities”. These facilities are ideal for couples who need different levels of care and want to stay together, or for those individuals who want to remain in one location for all of their later stages in life. Continuous Care Retirement Communities offer living arrangements for independent living, assisted living and also long term care living all in one location. These locations offer a variety of amenities including transportation, activities, social functions, dining, recreational activities and much more. Based on the number of amenities offered, as well as the ability to remain in the community regardless of the level of care needed, the entrance and monthly/yearly dues are usually high.
Residential Care Homes These facilities are also known as adult or group homes in some locations. These homes offer more personalized care since there are limits to how many residents can live in one location (usually under 10). These are operated by the homeowner, and all care is provided by the homeowner unless otherwise notified. These facilities have become more popular over the past several years, but it would be a good idea to research each location thoroughly to make the best decision for your loved one.
Aging in Place This is a common term and subject for many senior adults and their families. The ability to age in place and maintain the highest quality of life possible is a goal for everyone. For the individual that has the financial resources to age in place, there are numerous options to help. There are Non-Medical companies which offer the support of a 1:1 caregiver in the home, usually paid at an hourly rate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2030 the number of Americans over the age of 65 will exceed 70 million. This would account for approximately 20% of the U.S. population. Additionally, majority of senior adults live with their spouse or by themselves. If you are interested in reviewing options available to you for Non-Medical caregivers it is highly recommended to interview each company, their caregivers and know your options.
These are just brief overviews of various senior living options available today. As the healthcare industry continues to change, so do the options available for you. Through this blog we plan to expand on these services with the goal of keeping you informed, so please check back often! At Choices in Senior Care, we do not accept any financial incentives or kickbacks from the services or companies we recommend. That way there’s comfort in knowing that we have your best interest in mind. If you are interested in utilizing the services of a Geriatric Care Manager to help guide you through the maze of healthcare options available, please contact a Care Manager through the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. We look forward to being an advocate for you. For more information