Levels Of Care For Elderly
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Levels Of Care For Elderly

Levels Of Care For Elderly

There are currently six levels of elderly care available. Let’s take a look at the differences between each living situation.

In-Home Care

Often referred to as “aging in place”, this level of care is designed for seniors who need help in and around the home. The majority of these seniors, though, still possess necessary mental and physical capabilities to carry out most daily tasks. Seniors enlisting the help of in-home care can expect daily check-ins, personal care assistance and help with any medications.

For most seniors staying at home in a comfortable environment is the most appealing care option available. The one and seemingly only drawback to in-home care is that this situation does not tend to last very long. Seniors with this care typically move onto other care options, such as independent and assisted living communities, pretty quickly.

Independent Living

Independent living is meant for seniors that are 55 or older, with many living options like apartments, free-standing homes and communities. This form of senior housing allows for seniors to get around easily, while all maintenance and groundwork is taken care of by the staff.

Most independent living communities provide residents with activities, programs and various amenities. Typically, these communities will also feature a recreation center or clubhouse where seniors can interact with one another. Residents may also expect plenty of arts and crafts, holiday celebrations and other activities.

Assisted Living

The largest difference between independent and assisted living is the amount of attention and care provided. Staff in assisted living settings will be far more attentive to the residents. Assisted living will include daily services like laundry, housekeeping, bathing and medical care. Most communities will be staffed 24/7/365.

Cost is another big difference between assisted and independent communities. Assisted living tends to be more expensive due to the amount of care that is provided. Most of the costs associated with independent communities are rent and utilities.

Respite Care

Respite care is seen as the perfect compromise for those who are apprehensive about moving into a larger care community. Simply put, respite care is recommended for seniors currently in transition. Respite care could last a short or long time, depending on the senior’s overall health. This can be viewed as a bit of a test run before a senior moves into a care community full-time.

Memory Care

Memory care services are typically offered in assisted living facilities/communities. Offering the standard care services, memory care communities are also required to have safe and secure outdoor areas for residents to enjoy. Most communities will have specialized programs to promote stable routines and therapeutic activities for residents. Due to the enhanced security measures and care, memory care tends to cost about 25% more than assisted living communities.

Nursing Home Care

This is the most concentrated living situation for today’s seniors. Featuring more invasive care than any other living arrangement listed above, nursing home care is recommended for individuals with declining health and frequent medical needs.

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