Senior Care Types Explained
As we get older, changes in mobility, balance, and overall health may make it impossible to continue living completely independently. There are many options for senior care that can help us overcome these challenges and continue living a meaningful (and safe) life. Depending on individual circumstances, here are a few options for seniors and those who love them to consider.
Assisted living is an option for seniors who need assistance with activities such as housekeeping, preparing meals, or some personal care, but who do not require extensive medical care. Assisted living facilities allow them to live independently in their own apartment, while enjoying amenities such as meals, housekeeping, transportation, and access to medical services.
These communities also offer events such as arts and crafts, exercise sessions, and field trips. For many seniors, this is the perfect choice to enable them to enjoy their independence while receiving the help they need to continue to thrive.
Skilled nursing facilities (also known as nursing homes) offer skilled medical care around the clock. The need for this type of care can be either short term (for recovery from illness or surgery) or long term (in the case of serious chronic health issues).
A short term stay in a skilled nursing facility usually involves care from registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and possibly speech/language pathologists. When recovery goals are met, patients return to their homes.
Long-term stays are necessary when a person’s health prevents them from living independently and they need more care than what is offered in an assisted living facility. Skilled nursing facilities provide needed medical attention as well as meals, laundry, personal care, and assistance with mobility or incontinence issues. They also offer activities and field trips.
Memory care may be similar to assisted living or skilled nursing in many ways, but it is specifically for seniors who are suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory disorders. These conditions present some unique challenges, and memory care facilities center on battling their symptoms and consequences. Many offer special activities designed to provide socialization or stimulate memory. They are designed with the safety of those receiving care in mind.
Memory care facilities typically take security precautions to ensure that residents are well supervised and do not wander or leave the facility. Residents in memory care facilities are also given needed assistance with personal care and housekeeping tasks.
No matter which type of senior care is required, it is important to do some research. Anyone who is considering a senior care facility for themselves or for a loved one should take the time to visit a few facilities in order to help them make the best decision.
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If you or loved one are no longer capable of living a safe, independent lifestyle, then call the Davis Community today at 910.686.7195 or simply complete and submit our online information request form. We provide exceptional assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care in Wilmington NC with a strong and supportive environment where your loved one will feel welcomed and part of an active community. Get to know the difference today – schedule a visit to the Davis Community!