As seniors age, they may not be able to do some of the things they used to do, including many activities of daily living. Depending on their lifestyle, medical needs and level of independence, seniors and their families must assess which housing options make the most sense. It’s important to think not only about their current situation, but about what might be best in future years.
There are numerous choices for elder care available, and one type does not fit all. Be sure to talk with your senior family member if possible and thoroughly research each option.
Independent Living or Retirement Communities
Designed exclusively for adults in relatively good health, these homes, apartments and other living arrangements are senior-friendly with low upkeep and maintenance. There are typically abundant opportunities for socialization, recreation and transportation.
Assisted Living Communities
These facilities offer housing for seniors who may no longer be able to live on their own, yet are not totally dependent on round-the-clock care. They may require help with taking medications, dressing and other tasks. Licensed nurses are available if needed, and there are social activities and transportation services offered.
Nursing Homes, or Skilled Nursing Care
Here, residents who require constant medical care are assisted around the clock by licensed nurses and skilled staff. At this point the senior is approaching total care and/or a condition that will continue to progress without much improvement. Residents share a room in most cases and eat in a central dining area. There is usually transportation to doctors. Family is primarily responsible for any outings for the individual on a scheduled basis.
Memory Care Communities – Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
These communities are specifically designed around the needs and functions of the senior with Alzheimer’s or type of dementia. There are various stages of the disease included in these communities. Often you will find neighborhoods or designated areas for various stages of the disease. Activities are focused around cognitive ability.
Living in the safety and security of their own home, seniors have the freedom of a non-restrictive setting that gives them more control than some other housing options. They generally get to be with their loved ones more often and feel a greater peace-of-mind, knowing that they are retaining their independence. Seniors can also remain active in the community and neighborhood if they wish. In the case of individuals who suffer from dementia, a familiar in-home environment is particularly comforting. Home care is personalized, with caregivers who provide one-on-one attention…whether helping with medication reminders or preparing healthy meals. The risk of infection—often found in group facilities—is also minimized.
Fort Worth Home Care Assistance offers live-in and hourly caregivers of the highest quality. Attentive and flexible to every need, they take a personal interest in the seniors they serve, engaging them in meaningful mental, physical and social activities in the comfort of a home environment. By assisting seniors with medical, transportation, hygiene or other tasks, our caregivers ensure that your loved one has an exceptional quality of life.
With so many housing options out there, it pays to extensively consider what your senior might find the right fit, and what level of care they require. Go with your intuition, as well as the best interests of your loved one. Perhaps the best answer is right at home.