Everyone wants to age with dignity but when aging at home is not a feasible option, how do you choose the right level of care? Here we have shared some tips that are useful in helping you make the right decision that best suits your individual needs.
Aging at Home
Aging at home has always been the topmost choice for most seniors who remain active and functional on their own. For those who require limited or zero assistance in performing daily tasks like cleaning, grooming, bathing, and more can consider sustained independent living. Home modifications can be done rather easily if they are living alone of just as a couple. However, aging at home may have its risks. Home modifications need to be done safely to prevent falls and they may be time-consuming. Aging at home may also not be suitable for those who cannot leave their home to attend social events. This group is the most vulnerable to suffering from loneliness, helplessness, or just boredom. Moving into a senior independent community is still the best choice to make.
The next continuum of care is assisted living which is best suited for seniors who need assistance but not 24-hour health support. Majority of people feels like assisted living is the best solution as the option provides basic assistance for daily tasks. Residents are given their own apartment, daily meals, and several lifestyle programs to participate in. Housekeeping and maintenance are also taken care of by the community’s staff.
Assisted Living Type 1
This option is suitable for seniors who need full assistance to manage their day-to-day activities. Coordinated support is needed to address their health and social needs.
Assisted Living Type 2
This arrangement is ideal for those who may pose a danger to themselves or to others as well as those who require long-term nursing care that lasts more than 15 days.
Nursing homes are ideal for those who require round-the-clock medical care due to disability, illnesses, or cognitive decline. Nursing homes are run by licensed professionals who provide extensive assistance for daily tasks, medication and pain management, dining and nutrition services, and therapy care. Nursing homes also provide extensive wound care, extensive programs, tube feeding, and IV treatments. The federal government highly regulates nursing homes to ensure a certain level of standards is met.
Memory Care communities are designed for seniors who experience cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Specially trained staff provide ready access to activities that are specially developed to cater to the needs of this group of seniors according to their cognitive level. Specialized care can help preserve their memory as well as their physical stamina for as long as possible. Memory care can be provided at both the skilled nursing level or at the assisted level depending on what their individual health needs are.
Depending on your individual level of care, Conservatory At Keller Town Center offers a wide array of senior living options for you to select from.