With the percentage of the U.S. population over age 65 steadily increasing, specialized residences and health care must be available for the growing and varied needs of seniors. Residences offering appropriate levels of care based on an individual’s need are often the solution. Here are various senior living options:
Assisted Living is for seniors who require the least amount of care. Meals are provided along with assistance in medication management, bathing, and dressing. Housekeeping and laundry services may be available; community social activities or outings offered; and depending on preferences and budgets, residents may have the option of choosing a private room or a shared apartment.
The concept of Enhanced Assisted Living can vary, but essentially these facilities, in addition to the services of Assisted Living, offer opportunities for “aging in place” by providing higher level care, services, and therapies as a senior’s needs increase.
Although some Assisted Living residences may provide services for seniors with cognitive impairment, a Memory Care residence is a specialized community for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Providing 24-hour supervision and security, the Memory Care environment is designed to meet the unique challenges of Alzheimer’s patients.
A Skilled Nursing Facility, sometimes known as a nursing home, provides the highest level of care as well as round-the-clock availability of medical care. Skilled Nursing usually provides long-term care for seniors who are too sick or frail for other types of residences.