When people think of "Senior Living" or "Retirement Community" often times people think of nursing or convalescent homes. However, senior living has evolved tremendously over the past 20 years. Today, there are many different options available for the elderly community, and searching for the most appropriate community can be daunting. Below, we break down some of the basics in helping you get started in the right direction to help narrow down the right choice for you.
Independent Living (IL)
Independent Living communities are ideal for seniors who can still live independently with little to no care. Individuals live in their own apartment, and can enjoy the benefits from living in a senior retirement community such as dining, socialization with other residents, daily activities, entertainment, amenities, housekeeping, etc.
Assisted Living (AL)
An Assisted Living community is a housing facility for people with disabilities or for seniors who cannot or who choose not to live independently. Caregivers and a nursing staff are available to assist with activities of daily living (ADL's) such as bathing, grooming, escorting, incontinent care, medication management, transportation, etc.
This type of housing can range from smaller homes (4-6 bedroom homes), also known as "Board and Care's", to larger communities (60+ apartments). Many larger communities offer a resort style environment and may offer similar amenities as an Independent Living community and still offer quality care. For Assisted Living communities, you will likely have the option of a shared room, private studio, 1 bedroom, or a 2 bedroom to choose from.
Memory Care (MC)
Memory Care facilities are specifically designed to care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia. Programs, activities, and approach of care are catered to aid in the specific needs of those with memory loss. Often times, Assisted Living and Board and Care's, offer care for individuals who suffer from Alzheimer's or Dementia. In most cases, a nurse assessment will be completed to determine if the individual would be appropriate for the level of care that they offer.
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) - also known as Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Communities, Convalescent Homes
A Skilled Nursing Facility is for individuals that are in need of a licensed healthcare professional, such as a registered nurse or physical therapists for various health reasons, including, but not limited to IV treatments, wound care, and rehabilitation. Often times, individuals are housed at a Skilled Nursing Facility for a short-term stay –– allowing enough time for that individual to rehabilitate from an illness or injury. However, those with chronic medical conditions may be placed at a Skilled Nursing Facility long-term as well.
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
A Continuing Care Retirement Community is a type of retirement community that offers all four levels of care: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Facility. This type of community may be suitable for an individual wanting to settle into one community long-term since the community offers a range of services and care.
*If you have any questions or need help with choosing the best Senior Living option for you, please reach out to one of our Senior Living experts - Call or Text (619) 500-4554