If you're looking for an appropriate assisted senior living setting for a loved one chances are you have a lot of questions. Navigating the various aspects of senior living can be confusing. Each setting has its own unique benefits and no two are exactly alike. Here are a few of the most common types of senior living settings:
Independent living communities are designed to enable healthy independent seniors to enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle filled with recreational and social activities among other seniors of a similar same age. These communities are generally restricted to people over the age of 55. Independent living communities do not offer health care services on campus.
Assisted living communities provide a combination of housing and healthcare services to seniors who may need addition support to managing typical activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities offer assistance with meals, bathing, medication and housekeeping. Additional features usually available include social gathering spaces, pools, exercise rooms, regular activities and outings. Some assisted living communities offer specialized services such as memory care for those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Adult Family Home
An adult family home offers many of the benefits of assisted living such as help with medication, bathing and other activities of daily living but on a much smaller scale. These homes are generally run by independent operators caring for up to six residents at a time. Care is often provided within the care givers own home. This is a very intimate home like setting that offers much more individualized attention.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are a type of retirement community that provides seniors with the full spectrum of options from independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing all on one campus. Continuing care retirement communities offer the ability to age in place and eliminate the need to move from one facility to another as health care needs progress.
Often referred to as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities provide 24 hour nursing care for those who need more direct daily care that is provided in a supportive living environment. Skilled nursing is often short term after a hospital stay but can be long term for those who need high levels of care. These facilities may also have specialized care such as physical therapy or occupational therapy.
Ty Strahl is the areas leading senior adviser. Her job is to help you navigate the many aspects of aging and to help seniors who are in transition to find the right solutions for their individual needs.