Thankfully, the world has come a long way in terms of options for older people who for one reason or another, no longer feel comfortable, capable, or indeed both, living and taking care of their own home.
If this sounds like you, or indeed like a loved one in the family, then it would be useful to learn of the different options when it comes to senior living facilities and the myriad of differences between them.
· Memory Care Facilities
As your loved one begins to age, they may need more care and attention than they can provide on their own. This is where memory care facilities come in. Alzheimer’s care facilities offer a wide range of services, including 24-hour care, personalized assistance, and accommodations that are tailored to the particular needs of seniors.
Some facilities also offer activities and programs that keep seniors engaged and entertained. If you’re considering placing your loved one in a memory care facility, be sure to consult with the staff first to see what’s available and what suits their needs best.
In the main, residents at memory care facilities are usually living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and of the different types of senior living facilities, memory care is the sector which is experiencing the most rapid growth, both in terms of number of facilities and financial aid provided.
· Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities are basically safe and secure small housing estates, specifically designed for older adults.
Just as with every other different type of senior living, the basic aim of an assisted living community is to help, guide and assist each and every resident in living the best possible quality of life for as long as practically possible.
An established, renowned and reputable senior care facility geared towards assisted living will be able to design a customized care plan for your loved one, depending on their current and ever-changing needs.
· Independent Living
Independent living facilities are essentially places whereby residents live entirely independently in their own private apartments but are no longer responsible for the laborious and often stressful financial and structural upkeep of the property, in the way that they were when they lived in their own home.
Independent living is exclusively designed and arranged to suit those older adults who need no extra help or supervision in living their daily life and this is why such facilities are often the primary destination for older people and the elderly who want to retire into a social and lively environment.
· Skilled Nursing Facilities
Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, are for those older adults who require more intense care and supervision to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as their overall quality of life, is as high as it can be for as long as possible.
Essentially, nursing homes have a deeper and more intensive focus on medical care and treatment than other types of assisted living facilities and provide a range of services as a standard to each and every resident. Residential aged care services involve the provision and help (where needed) to eat properly with three meals a day, nursing care, twenty-four-hour supervision and help with dressing, bathing and any other daily ablution or task