Navigating the Maze of Senior Care Options

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In working with older adults and their families, our care advisors often find there is much confusion about the different types of senior care that are available. Some people mistakenly believe assisted living communities and nursing homes offer the type of care. Others aren’t aware that private duty home care can be a solution that allows a senior to stay in their home longer.

We thought it would be helpful to provide families with a brief overview of each type of senior care.

Guide to Senior Care Options

From home care to independent living, assisted living, memory care, and nursing homes, here’s what seniors and family caregivers should know:

  • Home care:

    Also referred to as in-home care and private duty, this type of senior care assists with life’s daily tasks. Light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, transportation, toileting, and personal care are all examples of the services offered by a home care agency.

  • Assisted living community:

    An assisted living community combines the independence of a private apartment or suite with the 24/7 support of on-site caregivers. Residents have a variety of social activities and wellness programs to participate in every day, as well as support with personal care, toileting, and medication management. Meals, housekeeping, and laundry are also included.

  • Nursing care community:

    Nursing homes typically offer two distinct types of care: skilled nursing and rehab and long-term care. Skilled nursing patients come to a nursing care community for rehab with a goal of returning home. Most are transferred from a local hospital following a surgery or illness. The long-term care section of a nursing center is for seniors who need a level of medical care that isn’t offered in an assisted living community. Some communities also have a specialty care program, usually referred to as memory care, for adults with Alzheimer’s.

  • Memory care:

    When a senior has Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, a memory care program or memory care community can be a safe solution. They have caregivers who receive special training to meet the needs of adults with memory impairment. These programs can be part of an assisted living community or a separate community dedicated exclusively to adults with dementia.

If you or a senior you care for needs additional assistance, one of our senior care advisors will be happy to help. We can help you explore your options and find one that is the best fit. Our guidance is always free for seniors and their families. Call 888-514-6461 to get started!