Whether you are researching for yourself or a loved one, picking the right senior care setting can come with a lot of questions. Rest assured, there is an arrangement for everyone, mixing your ideal level of independence with the perfect degree of care.
“A lot of thought and care can go into selecting the right arrangement,” said Meghan Anaya, a director of post-acute care coordination at Banner Health. “Remember that you don’t have to make this decision alone.” If you’re comfortable, discuss your options with family to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Take a look at these five settings to see which one fits your family’s situation best.
If you are in relatively good health and just need help with a few things, at-home care is a great way to maintain a high level of independence. In this scenario, a care professional visits you at home to help with medical needs or provide general assistance. You can arrange for help with a variety of needs including specialized care, daily tasks, access to medical equipment and more.
Adult Day Care
You or your loved one may only need help when others are at work or busy caring for children. Adult day care facilities are a great way to access help and structure during the day and still return home in the evenings and on weekends.
Independent Living Facility
These communities are typically made up of apartments and standard homes, for aging adults that need little to no supervision or care. The communities provide social opportunities and may offer access to basic assistance and care.
Assisted Living Facility/Memory Care
In these settings, patients live full-time in private apartments or homes with access to round-the-clock care and service. Patients that need specialized or additional care may find that a Skilled Nursing Facility can better support their needs.
Assisted Living Home
Assisted living facility and assisted living homes can be very similar and both are often referred to as group homes. The difference in this scenario is that all of the services and living spaces are found “under one roof.” Accommodations are commonly private or shared rooms with consistent supervision and round-the-clock care.
Did one of these settings jump out to as the right fit? Even if you’re still confused, take comfort in knowing that it’s ok if your situation changes down the road. The important thing is getting the care you or your loved one needs to be healthy and happy today.
Health is Independence
Accepting help can be difficult for anyone. The fear of losing independence is common among aging adults and can lead to a hard conversation with a parent. Anaya offered some wisdom from her years of arranging care. “The best way to maximize your independence is to maximize your health. When you are getting the care you need, you will be more fit to live the lifestyle you wanted.” It’s true, accepting a little help can mean a lot for your quality of life and more precious independence.
Find Your Peace of Mind
You can relax knowing that your loved ones have access to vital resources and care. Schedule a visit with your physician or a care coordinator to discuss any lingering questions and concerns that you may have. There are a lot of factors to consider, including finances, level of care and more. Don’t ever be afraid to reach out for a little help.