There are many senior communities to choose from, and in recent years, your options for elder care have only been expanding. This is good because it allows you to choose senior communities that better suit your needs and meet the level of care you need. But, when it comes to deciding between two senior communities, it can feel overwhelming and confusing.
As you start your search for senior communities that meet your needs (or the needs of your loved one), it will be important to understand the major types of facilities that are available:
- Skilled nursing homes: With the highest level of care for residents, skilled nursing homes provide care for those who cannot live at home but do not need hospital care. There are nurses available 24 hours a day and they are overseen by a physician to ensure quality care is provided. Other services like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy may be available on site. Special units may serve the needs of patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Assisted living: These facilities allow for specialized services while allowing for greater independence. Assistance with daily activities is available, like dressing, bathing, laundry, toileting and grooming. There are activities for residents and some have options for communal food preparation as well. Each resident can have a care plan catered to their specific needs and wants.
- Age-restricted communities: Sometimes called retirement or senior communities, these communities generally offer maintenance-free living for seniors who want to give up activities like lawn maintenance. Age restrictions and other rules generally apply.
Finding senior communities that meet your needs takes time, so make sure to start looking and considering options as soon as you feel the need. Whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one, you want to make sure that the chosen facility maximizes wellbeing and allows for the appropriate level of care.