Finding the “Right Place”
There are many types of senior housing
It can be confusing and very time consuming to understand the differences. Let us help you find the right fit for your needs!
- Independent Living Communities
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Personal Care Homes
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Memory Care
- Respite Care
Independent Living Communities
For seniors who want to (and can) live independently, prefer to live among their peers, desire additional security and no longer want to maintain a home. Independent senior housing is planned, designed and managed with the needs of older persons in mind and is conducive to comfort, security and safety. These housing arrangements offer an enriched lifestyle filled with recreational, educational and social activities. Although personal care services are nor provided, it is common for meals, housekeeping, transportation and planned social activities to be offered.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
CCRC’s are like little towns, with different kinds of housing and different levels of care. There are apartments, small houses, assisted living homes and nursing homes. Typically, you move in when you are healthy and active and stay for the rest of your life. You live in the place that provides the care you need at that moment.
Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs)
ALFs are for people needing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), but who wish to live as independently as possible. Residents in assisted living facilities range from the very healthy to the very impaired. Part of the reason the health status of residents matters so much is that the help they receive in assisted living keeps them more independent for longer than they would have been if they had continued to live alone in the community. Residents who are able to drive often keep their own cars. Assisted living centers usually offer prepared meals, group activities and exercise classes. Some have computer rooms and libraries. Most have a medical center which manages medications and other minor health concerns. Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, etc. is available. ALFs provide 24-hour staffing and emergency response. Most ALFs prefer residents who do not have serious mobility problems that require transfers, such as in and out of bed, a chair, or a wheel chair. Assisted living facilities are not for people who have severe behavioral problems, like wandering. In Georgia, there is technically no difference between an ALF and a Personal Care Home.
Personal Care Homes (PCHs)
PCHs provide a safe and supportive environment for the semi-independent senior. The range of care (and cost) depends on the needs of the person. PCHs are for people who need assistance with personal care or who cannot safely stay by themselves. They provide residents with a sense of control, independence and privacy by allowing them to make choices for themselves. This type of facility is good for people with good mental function. However, many PCHs provide some level of dementia care.
Nursing Homes (NHs)/Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
NHs provide 24-hour skilled nursing. Some residents will return home after a short rehabilitation stay, following hospitalization for an illness or accident. Others may require care for an extended period, due to the chronic nature of their illness or disabilities. Some facilities offer specialized programs for residents suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Facilities vary from hospital-like settings to more home-like residences. Strict safety regulations are adhered to within these facilities to accommodate the physical and mental disabilities of their residents.
.Alzheimer’s and dementia are two of the common memory-loss conditions included under the umbrella of memory care. This specialized care spans a spectrum of services depending upon the severity of symptoms exhibited by an individual—from cueing to requiring a secured setting to prevent elopement.
Memory care goes beyond what is traditionally offered in an assisted living setting. Housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation services are provided but the level of assistance with activities of daily living is increased. Often the daily activities are designed specially to allow the individual to reconnect with favorite hobbies or interests.
Respite care is temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses, or the elderly.
Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last days by offering comfort and dignity. Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members. Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient’s pain and discomfort. Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient’s family and friends. Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient’s death.
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