It’s an unfortunate truth that age brings all kinds of ailments. Some of these ailments can be so challenging that it can make simply living in a childhood home difficult. When a person faces these challenges, it can make the lives of the person and those around them to become strained.
For those in the senior living and caregiver industry, helping families make the transition from home care to a facility is a common enough process. Despite the best efforts of family members and other relatives, this process can wind up being stressful and even painful.
On many occasions, the family members are often the ones making the final decision when it comes to placing a loved one in a retirement home. It’s never an easy decision, but oftentimes these facilities are better equipped to meet the needs of seniors. Plus, doing plenty of research and planning can significantly improve the overall experience.
It’s common to overhear seniors express that they do not want to be placed in a nursing home facility. People tend to think that nursing homes are the only option available to them when considering end of life care or when seniors can no longer safely live in their homes. The truth is however, that senior living options are growing and evolving every year. There are assisted living facilities, family group homes, independent senior living communities, skilled nursing facilities, in-home care, intentional communities, and continuing care retirement communities to name a few.
Another key element is understanding that the needs of people differ and that eligibility for certain lifestyle choices depends on these needs. Housing options for seniors are not all ideal solutions. Look honestly at your loved one's medical conditions and care needs to get a better idea of what level of care is best for you.
Another component of planning is doing research into the types of facilities your senior may need. There are several things you must bare in mind while conducting this research. First is the concept of “least restrictive setting”. The least restrictive setting is one in which the person maintains as much of their independence as possible. For example, consider all the current needs of your senior. What kind of amenities do they need? How much space? How well can these new facilities meet those needs?
It’s also important to consider future needs. Make sure that the living arrangements you select for your senior are able to accomodate the possible medical needs of your senior, such as disabled friendly amenities, memory care, or other needs. It is tragic, but persons who are placed into restrictive environments are more likely to experience depression and early mortality.
Options for care facilities range from small homes in residential neighborhoods that generally have higher staff-to-resident ratios that provide a fairly high level of care. Meanwhile there are large campuses that offer independent, assisted and memory care living all in one place. Choosing the facility that best suits your loved ones needs is the first step. For instance, if your loved one is bedridden or has trouble walking, finding a community that has features that will help with their mobility will be beneficial.
Board and Care Homes
Residential care facilities, or group homes, are small facilities generally with 20 or fewer residents, rooms are private or shares. At Board and Care Home residents receive meals and have staff available around the clock. Nursing and medical care are normally not provided at the location.
Assisted living is for seniors who need help with day-to-day activities but don’t need as much care as a nursing home provides. Assisted living facilities can range in size from a few dozen residents to over 100. Generally, when looking for assisted living there are levels of care that each facility offers. Understanding what your loved one needs and choosing the proper care level that they require is important for maintaining their happiness. Assisted living generally live in their own apartments or rooms and share common areas with other residents at the facility.
Some features that are generally available to residents include:
- Meal service
- Help with medication
Nursing homes offer residents a more advanced form of care as they normally focus their services on medical care. Along with many of the features that assisted living facilities offer, nursing homes also can offer rehabilitation services and a nursing staff that can aid residents in everyday activities. Nursing homes are available for seniors recovering from a hospital stay but also offer long term care to residents who wish to live there permanently.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) normally offer different levels of service in one location. Many will offer independent housing, assisted living and a nursing staff all in one location.
Where you live in the CCRC will depend on the level of care required. Residents who can no longer live independently can move to the assisted living facility or nursing home depending on their situation. Along with medical care, CCRCs will also offer recreation programs for residents to interact.
There are plenty of options that caregivers have when evaluating options for their senior loved ones. The most important thing to do is fully weigh the options available and evaluate what will be best for your senior. Visit Landmark Senior Living to learn more about senior living options.