Posted on Aug 01, 2018
When it comes to choosing an avenue for your loved one’s long term care, there are many options depending on your need. From assisted living facilities to nursing centers and adult day health care, there are likely a range of services available for seniors in your community, but you’re probably asking the question: which option is right for me? What are the benefits, and are they worth the investment? When it comes to long-term care options for seniors, we know the landscape can be difficult to navigate, and we want to give you all the information you need to help you make an educated decision.
Adult day health care offers health and therapeutic services, social activities, and meals at a community- or facility-based location throughout the day. The service can be full- or part-time for adults who need assistance or supervision during the day, and who return home in the evening. Adult day health care allows a primary caregiver to continue working, run errands, or take a much-needed break from their caregiving responsibilities, with the peace of mind of knowing their loved one is taken care of.
Assisted living is one of the most popular long-term care options for seniors. They provide support to seniors in the form of assistance with daily personal tasks, basic healthcare, housekeeping, meals and medication management. These facilities promote a sense of community and can be a great way for seniors to make connections with others and stave off loneliness. The cost of assisted living facilities is often quite high, however, and families should evaluate whether the benefits are worth the investment.
Similar to an assisted living facility, memory care communities specialize in providing vigilant care to patients dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This often includes a structured environment with set schedules and routines, and round-the-clock supervision.
In a skilled nursing center, round-the-clock nursing care is provided by trained nurses. Residents in these facilities generally have substantial care needs and complex medical conditions. Licensed nurses are onsite 24/7 and a doctor is on call always. Skilled nursing care centers offer services ranging from short-term to long-term stays, and includes treatments for rehabilitation, and recovery services for illnesses, injury, or surgery.
Before embarking on any of these options, it’s important to consider the cost. Any service where your loved one is living in a facility, or spending a large portion of their day there, is going to have an immense cost attached. In-home care is a unique long-term care option for seniors, as it gives your loved one access to a trained, professional caregiver, while allowing them to continue living in the comfort of their own home. At Senior Helpers, our caregivers are trained to assist with a wide range of daily tasks, including offering Alzheimer’s and Dementia support, while also leaving the senior with a sense of autonomy and control over their life.
To learn more about why in-home care is one of the most popular long-term care options for seniors, contact us today.