Home care is available for individuals who want care in the comfort of their own home. Home care aides (Professional Caregivers) can provide companionship, transportation, meal preparation and help with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. They also provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients as well as respite care for family caregivers. All caregivers are well-trained and receive ongoing training to keep them up to date, ensuring that they’re able to provide the best senior living services possible. Home care is covered by long-term care insurance or through private pay and is a great senior living option.
Senior Assisted Living Community
Other senior living options include senior assisted living communities. These are licensed housing for people who need help caring for themselves and who choose to not stay at home. Assisted living falls somewhere between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility in terms of the level of care provided. People who live in newer assisted living communities usually have their own private apartment. There is usually no special medical monitoring equipment that one would find in a nursing home, and their nursing staff may not be available at all hours. However, trained staff are usually on-site around the clock to provide other needed senior living services. Household chores are performed: sheets are changed, laundry is done, and food is cooked and served as part of the base rent and included services. Depending on their disclosure of services, assisted living services may include medication management, bathing assistance, dressing, escorts to meals and activities, toileting, transferring, and insulin injections by an RN. Some homes even have a beauty parlor on-site. Grocery service is often available too. People who live in assisted living communities usually have their own private apartments. Where provided, private apartments generally are self-contained; i.e., they have their own bedroom and bathroom, and may have a separate living area or small kitchen. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are available by phone or e-mail 24-hours a day to ensure proper teaching and/or education of staff is available. Their staff is well-equipped to provide around-the-clock high-quality senior living services with diligence and care. Contact our advisors with questions about any of our senior living options.