Aging is a natural phase in life and the aging person often requires assistance in varying degrees. If you have an elderly loved one that requires some sort of assisted care, you may have several questions. There is a wide variety of senior care options to choose from, so choosing the best option for your loved one may be confusing and overwhelming. The good news is Meridian Care Services can help you with the planning and placement options that are the most suitable for your elderly loved one. Whether it’s an assisted living community or home care services, we can help you choose the best option for your loved one. Here are a few of the senior care options to choose from and a brief description of each option.
Maintaining their independence is important for the elderly. In fact, losing their independence is often one of the most common fears among seniors. Unfortunately, the reality is that most elderly adults need some assistance with daily living. The good news is, assisted living communities allow seniors to live independently, while getting the type of assistance they need, such as help with housekeeping, medication reminders, meal preparations and/or personal care, such as help with bathing and dressing.
Independent living communities are designed for individual seniors as well as couples that are capable of providing for themselves on a continuous basis. Independent living communities are a great step between being fully independent and assisted living. Independent living communities often provide options such as light housekeeping, medication management, planned community activities and available transportation.
Board and Care
A board and care home is a “regular” house located in a residential neighborhood that has been adapted, equipped and staffed to provide care for a small number of elderly residents. They typically provide the same type of services that are available in a large assisted living community, except the care is provided in a homelike environment. Board and care homes assist with daily activities, such as meal preparation and personal care, but they do not offer skilled nursing assistance.
Rehabilitation and Respite Care
Rehabilitation and respite care are short term options. For instance, if your loved one has recently undergone surgery and needs assistance with therapies, treatments and daily living until they heal, they may be placed in a rehabilitation and respite care facility until they are capable of providing their own care at home. Respite care may also be an option for family caregivers seeking assistance with caring for their loved one for a short term, such as a few days, while they tend to their own family and needs.
Skilled Nursing Facility
A skilled nursing facility, also known as a nursing home, provides a vast array of personal and health care services. They provide more medical care than an assisted living facility. Services may include 24-hour supervision, nursing care, meals and assistance with everyday activities. Services also include rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy. Although some people stay for a short time, such as after a hospital discharge, most are permanent residents because they require ongoing, round-the-clock care and supervision.
Memory Care (Alzheimer’s and Dementia)
Memory care facilities specialize in providing care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The environment is designed to be comfortable as well as provide additional safety measures for those who may be at risk of wandering or harming themselves. These communities feature a secure and safe environment with staff that can closely monitor the health of their residents. Memory care facilities often offer a wide range of programs, events and activities that are designed to help the residents work on the cognitive abilities.
We Can Help!
Finding the ideal option for your elderly loved one may seem complex and challenging, but there is good news. Meridian Care Services can assist you with finding the best placement option for your elderly loved one. Once we have identified your specific needs, we will begin preparing a list of community options that are best suited for your loved one. We can provide you with detailed information about each option and help with the planning of ensuring your elderly loved one receives the best care possible.
Contact us to learn more information about Meridian Care placement services.