When your aging loved ones need extra assistance, finding caregivers & facilities to help them out can be a long and difficult process. With so many different types of caregivers & facilities, it can be difficult to know where to start or which options are suitable for your situation, needs, and budget. Senior Home Advocates has created this list of in-home and senior care facility options as an overview of the types of caregivers & facilities that are available.
In-home caregivers & facilities options allow seniors to get the help they need in the comfort of their own home. These typically work best for seniors who are mostly capable of being independent.
Telephone Call Assurance
An automated or live system calls the senior’s house at specified times or intervals. This can be used to ensure that they are doing okay and have taken their medicines.
Home care is when a caregiver comes to the home to help with daily tasks. These tasks may include bathing, eating, chores, shopping, social stimulation, and other routine tasks. This level of care does not include medical assistance. Their scheduled time frames may be a few hours each day or a caregiver may stay in the home full-time. Some family uses home care to care for their loved ones while they go to work each day.
A licensed nurse visits the home to provide medical care or rehabilitation treatments. The frequency and duration of these visits will vary depending on the type of medical care being received.
Options for senior caregivers & facilities vary widely. These facilities range from independent living to short-term care to full-time assistance.
Independent Living Communities
Residents live independently in small homes or apartments but have the option to participate in group activities or meals that are available to the community. Groups will frequently leave the community to go shopping, sightseeing, and more. This is best for independent seniors with few health problems.
This type of facility is halfway between an independent living community and a nursing home. Residents are not capable of living independently, however, they do not require a high level of care. The facility provides them with assistance whenever they need it.
Nursing home caregivers & facilities are best suited for those with significant health problems. These facilities provide skilled nursing care and assistance 24 hours per day.
Patients with mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer‘s or dementia require a specialized form of care. At these facilities, 24-hour support is available to ensure the residents’ safety. Structure activities and routines are specifically designed and maintained to improve their quality of life.
Residential Care Homes
Inside of these private family homes, several residents live together in separate rooms of the house. Assistance is offered to the residents as needed. Residents usually become friendly with each other and form their own community. This home-like environment is a good option for semi-independent seniors that also needs caregivers & facilities.
Typically offered by larger facilities, such as nursing homes, respite care provides short-term care so that family members can take a break or go on a vacation. Stays typically last anywhere from one week to one month. This is also an option that can be used when they are recovering from surgery, an accident, or an illness.
Senior Home Advocates has many years of experience in finding caregivers & facilities to help seniors. If you are looking for caregivers & facilities for your aging loved one, we are here to help you find the perfect match.