Best Senior Living Options for Elderly Parents

Nancy Snyder

Senior Living

What senior living facility options do I have for my aging loved one?

This is a question many of us face when our senior loved ones develop physical and/or mental issues as they age. We see they are struggling to maintain their homes or take care of their personal needs. If that person is struggling with Dementia, that can add an extra layer of safety concerns for family members. So, what are the different senior living options available for our elderly loved ones? Here they are from least to most medical care required.

  • Non-medical home care: This option provides assistance with housekeeping, laundry, shopping, errands, meal preparation, and medications reminders. Personal care, such as bathing, dressing, and toileting, may also be provided. The frequency of care can be customized to meet the individual’s needs. This option is usually private pay or may be paid by long-term care insurance. Regular commercial insurance and Medicare do not cover these services.
  • Independent senior housing: This option provides a private apartment or condominium in a community setting. There may be shared amenities, such as a community room, dining room, and laundry facilities. Some independent senior housing communities also offer transportation, social activities, and health care services.
  • Assisted living: This option provides a private apartment or room in a community setting with 24/7 staff support. Assisted living residents receive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, and toileting. They may also receive help with medication management and meal preparation.
  • Skilled nursing facility (SNF): This option provides a high level of medical care in a facility that is staffed by nurses and other healthcare professionals 24/7. SNFs typically provide ADL assistance, medication management, and rehabilitation services. n this setting, most of the rooms are double occupancy. A portion of the facility is dedicated to short-term rehabilitation and in-patient physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. The short term rehabilitation stays are primarily covered by Medicare and sometimes private insurance.
  • Memory care: Many Assisted Living facilities and Skilled Nursing Homes have a special building or designated wing to accommodate those with memory loss or Dementia. Memory care facilities provide a safe and supportive environment with specialized care and activities which are specific to the special needs of those with memory loss and Dementia.

The best senior living option for your loved one will depend on their individual needs and preferences. It is important to consider their physical and cognitive abilities, as well as their social and emotional needs. You should also factor in the cost of each option, as well as the availability of services in your area.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a senior living option:

  • The location of the facility: Is it close to your loved one’s family and friends? Is it convenient for them to get to their doctor’s appointments and other appointments?
  • The size of the facility: Do you want your loved one to live in a small, intimate setting or a larger, more active community?
  • The amenities offered: What is important to your loved one? Do they want a facility with a pool, a fitness center, or other amenities?
  • The staff: Are the staff members friendly and compassionate? Do they have experience working with seniors?
  • The cost: How much can you afford to spend on senior care?

It’s important to visit several facilities before making a decision. This will give you a chance to see the different options available and meet the staff and possibly some residents. It is also a good idea to talk to other families who have placed their loved ones in senior living facilities. They can share their experiences and give you valuable insights. Checking the public reviews of the facility or the caregiver you are considering will give you public feedback on their performance.

Choosing a senior living option can be a daunting task, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you make the best decision for your loved one. For help navigating the process, 

We are here to help. Our staff has the experience and specializes in the evaluation and care of those who wish to remain in their homes as long as possible. 

Contact us today to learn more or call us at 269-204-6537 for a free assessment of your needs. Don’t wait.

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