Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for older adults, generally those aged 55 and over. Most have resort type amenities designed to keep older adults active and living life to the fullest.
Assisted living communities are designed for older adults who aren’t sick enough for a nursing home or the hospital, but may have some chronic medical conditions that need monitoring. Meals are provided along with a huge list of planned group activities.
This is a smaller home like setting designed to provide more 1:1 care. All custodial care, meals, and activities are provided by live-in staff.
A nursing home is a facility for the residential care of the elderly or disabled. These persons are usually in need of skilled medical care.
Housing varies widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to aging adults, often being more compact, with easier navigation and no maintenance or yard work to worry about.
While residents live independently, most communities offer amenities, activities, and services. Often, recreational centers or clubhouses are available on site to give you the opportunity to connect with peers and participate in community activities, such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, or movie nights. Independent living facilities may also offer facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, even a golf course or other clubs and interest groups. Other services offered may include onsite spas, beauty and barber salons, daily meals, and basic housekeeping and laundry services.
Simply put, assisted living communities give older adults personalized care in a residential setting. They’re for seniors whose health or well-being requires a higher level of support, which is determined through a health assessment by the community according to state regulations. Assisted living also provides a healthy lifestyle and social engagement.
The most common assisted living services offered include medication management and assistance with using the bathroom, dressing and grooming. Housekeeping, meals, laundry and transportation services, as well as social programs and activities, are typically included. Staff is available 24/7 to help with safety, care and support. Residents are encouraged to bring furniture and personal items to make their new home feel, well, like home
Residential Care Home:
Care Homes are small, close-knit family like environments maintained by certified caregivers. Usually these types of homes hold 6 to 8 residents at a given time.
Seniors who prefer to stay in residential care homes will be able to access home-like amenities and services such as:
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF):
A skilled nursing facility is an in-patient rehabilitation and medical treatment center staffed with trained medical professionals. They provide the medically-necessary services of licensed nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and audiologists. Skilled nursing facilities give patients round-the-clock assistance with healthcare and activities of daily living.
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