There are a variety of options for senior housing and here are the top four:
Independent Living is for seniors who are self-sufficient and are able to live independently in an apartment or home usually within a retirement community. Seniors living in a retirement community enjoy the privacy of living in their own apartment or condo in addition to the security, activities and full services of a retirement community. Additional services are available when needed to help meet the resident’s needs.
Assisted Living is available in numerous types of facilities for residents who have minimal health problems and are in need of help with personal care assistance, meal preparation, bathing, dressing and supervision of medications. Assisted Living Facilities can range from congregate care homes for seniors usually with less than ten residents to large Assisted Living Facilities with private apartments, and fifty or more residents offering a full option of services and activities.
A Nursing Home or Skilled Nursing Facility provides nursing care up to twenty-four hours a day for residents with chronic illness or long term disabilities. Nursing Homes also provide short term rehabilitation therapy. Nursing Homes offers both temporary and long term stays. Seniors may need to go to a nursing home for care and rehab following a hospitalization, surgery or stroke and then return home. In other situations a senior may need to consider a long term stay for the continued services and care they need.
Memory Impaired Facility
A Memory Impaired Facility is for seniors who are experiencing a major short or long term memory loss. This type of facility provides a secure environment with staff twenty four hours a day to provide help and support to the residents. Limited nursing care may also be provided. Often seniors diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss will benefit from living in a facility that specializes in providing services to memory impaired residents.