What Type of Senior Care is Right

When families reach out to our Care Advisors while searching for senior living options, one of the most frequently asked questions is “what type of care does my loved one really need?” Choosing between assisted living, memory care, nursing home care, independent living or home care can be an overwhelming process and we’re here to help! We’ve highlighted a few scenarios and paired them with the appropriate type of senior care is.

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Q. My dad has been forgetful lately. I’ve taken him to the doctor’s office and the doctor said he has early onset dementia. I’d like for him to be surrounded by other seniors, but I don’t think that he’s ready to live in a memory care community since he is in the very early stages. What type of senior living is right for him?

A. In this case, one of the best choices would to be to find a senior living community that offers both assisted living and memory care. These communities will allow him to move into the assisted living part of the community and when the dementia or Alzheimer’s disease progresses, he can be moved to the memory care units which will provide specialized care for his dementia.

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Q. My family thinks that it’s time to move my Aunt into a nursing home because none of us has enough time to care for her around the clock. She can’t cook on her own and needs help doing laundry and a few other daily activities, but I don’t think she needs nursing care. Are there any other options that would help her with the daily activities she needs assistance with, without moving her to a nursing home?

A. Assisted living was designed for this specific reason. Before the early 1990’s family members that couldn’t care for their elderly loved ones had no option other than nursing home care. That is when assisted living facilities started to pop up around the country. Assisted living communities provide three meals a day with snacks throughout the day for its residents so they do not have to worry about cooking. They also provide light housekeeping services that are typically included in the monthly rent, including laundry. Assisted living will also be a less expensive option and since she sounds as though she is still mostly independent, this is a great option to look into.

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Q. I work full time and my mother needs more attention than I can afford to give her during the day while I’m at work. I have a daughter who is in high school and my husband works full time as well and the rest of my close family members live out of state. The amount of care my mom needs during the day makes me worried about leaving her home along for too long, but no one else is in the house consistantly enough to help her. Should I look into assisted living or is home care a better option?

A. Although assisted living is a good option, needing her to be cared for only a few hours of the day while no one is home might be better accommodated for with in-home senior care. Depending on the  home care company, a caregiver can come into the home anywhere between a few hours a day to staying there around the clock with your mom. It sounds like hiring an in-home caregiver for eight or less hours a day is exactly what you need. This will still allow you to care for your mother when you get home from work and on your days off, you can make the caregiver’s schedule to fill in those holes. Keep assisted living in mind though because that might be a better alternative down the road if your mom’s needs every increase.

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Q. After retirement, my parents moved to Florida. Recently, my dad has been falling more often and might need care soon, which might be too difficult for my mom to provide on her own. My mom is really active still and doesn’t want to be stuck in a nursing home or assisted living community being the only active person there. What senior care options do we have to provide the lifestyle mom wants and the care dad needs?

A. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are senior living communities that provide all the different levels of senior care all in one place. Your mom can move into the independent living part of the community and continue to be the primary caregiver to your father until he does need additional care. Most residents at CCRCs enter at the independent living level and then age in place by receiving the elevated amount of care that is necessary. This way your mom will be surrounded by active seniors and your dad can get the care he needs down the road.

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As you can see there are many different options for receiving senior care. Since none of us age at the same rate, finding a senior living community that will provide multiple levels of care is a great way to ease the transition into senior living or allow spouses to stay together even if one require more care than the other.

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