When you have a loved one who is a senior, you may know that at some point, the prospect of them staying in their own home may no longer be a viable option. If you feel that your loved one is reaching the point where their home is no longer safe and you can no longer provide them with the care that they need, you may be looking into various types of care homes. However, you may not know the differences between the types of care homes and which would work best for your senior loved one. Get to know more about the different senior care homes so you can better make your decision.
Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living communities are communities for seniors that require the least amount of care on a daily basis. Generally, assisted living facilities are apartment living communities, meaning that each resident or couple has their own private living area.
These care homes offer minimal assistance to residents as they need it. For example, cleaning and laundry services are often provided. Meals may be offered to those residents who cannot or who do not wish to cook for themselves as well. And, of course, staff is on-hand 24/7 in case of emergencies. However, assistance with daily living activities, medications, and hygiene are rarely a part of assisted living as seniors in these homes are assumed to be able to complete these tasks themselves.
Residential or Long-Term Care Homes
If your loved one has begun to have trouble with some of their tasks of daily living, they may be more well-suited to a residential or long-term care home. These facilities provide a greater level of medical and daily living assistance to their residents.
These facilities are often overseen by nurses and doctors, and staffed by employees who are certified nursing assistants and certified medication aides. This allows these facilities to offer medical care, administer medications, assist with toileting and hygiene, and perform transfers and other lifts to residents who do not have the ability to move or walk on their own. If your loved one needs such assistance, long-term care would be an ideal solution. However, if they do not, moving to such a care home would be frustrating for your loved one and would limit their freedoms and privacy.
Now that you know more about some of the care home options available to your senior loved one, you can better find the right home to help your loved one to transition into. Speak to a local care center or click here for more info.