It’s only natural that as we age, some things are more challenging to accomplish on our own. This is the time that many begin to consider an assisted living situation or some type of an alternative. It may be challenging to accomplish simple daily tasks without support from another person. We may suffer from poor balance, loss of vision, memory loss, fatigue, forgetfulness, dementia or even loneliness. Deciding what sort of adult living care situation is best will be a challenging task at best. In this article, we will go over all our options, including assisted living, and which alternatives to assisted living fit out loved ones need’s best!
An assisted living dwelling is a housing facility that offers daily care to the elderly. There is supervision and help with daily activities including dressing, bathing, and meals. Residents are monitored by both the staff and outside services such as doctors. This ensures that the residents in such facilities are safe and well, and that they are being properly cared for. There are several different types to choose from including independent living, assisted living, retirement homes, skilled nursing facilities and more. Each offers a different level of care to the residents.
Everyone wants to be independent and be in control of how they are living and where. Sometimes, this is an ideal solution so that they are properly cared for. One option is an In-Home Senior Care facility. Here, residents will have a Private Duty Caregiver. This person will offer non-medical care to the residents such as preparing meals, grooming, bathing, light housekeeping, transportation and assistance in dressing if required. Services may or may not include care for Dementia or Alzheimer’s patients. Skilled in home health caregivers offer care by nurses, speech therapists, occupational or physical therapists. Respite caregivers offer temporary relief for caregivers who are caring for family and need a short break.
Services may or may not include:
- Care for Dementia or Alzheimer’s patients.
- Skilled home health care may or may not off care by nurses, speech therapists, occupational or physical therapists.
- Respite caregivers offer temporary relief for caregivers who are caring for family and need a short break.
Hospice Caregivers offer care to those who have a terminal diagnosis and require round the clock care. They are familiar with end of life situations and will help to guide the entire family through the process caring for the family at times as well as the patient.
Senior Living Alternatives – Here you’ll find other options such as the following:
Active Adult Communities
Here, there are condos for those over the age of 55. Mobile home parks and apartments or single family dwellings. There aren’t any specific services or amenities provided.
Independent Living or Senior Retirement Communities
Here you’ll find meals and housekeeping services as well as transportation and many activities all included in a monthly fee. There are a variety of services and assistances that are available onsite as required to meet your needs.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs
Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs typically have a “buy-in” fee. They promote aging in place and they offer many amenities such as skilled nursing care, independent living help, memory care and more. They also go a step further and guarantee that you can remain there for the remainder of your life.
Skilled Nursing Facilities or SNF
Skilled Nursing Facilities or SNF offers short-term solutions for sub-acute rehab or long term nursing assistance.
Obviously, each option has its own set of pros and cons. It’s always wise to tour a facility before making a decision. Find out what they do and don’t offer. What would it take to prepare your home as an in-home care residence? What are your payment options? Ask questions, lots of them and find out what your options are before you have to make a decision. Find out if they take Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Aid and other options.
Why Seniors Should Not Live Alone
Many seniors want to remain at home and this is understandable. If they have family that can rotate and is there for them, that is great. However, if they don’t have the support that they require they are at a higher risk for injuries. If you can help your family stay at home, that is wonderful, but keep in mind that you may have to juggle your job, your own family and your own needs to meet their needs. Can you safely do all of this? Be very realistic here.
Even if older adults are healthy, they may not be safe living alone. Houses that were once full of children and busy are now too large for them to care for and clean. There are dangers such as stairs that they can fall down and slippery tiles or tall shelves that they can no longer reach. How about the yard with an uneven terrain? All of these are huge concerns. Poorly lit stairwells or rooms and bathrooms that are too small are huge challenges for the elderly. Just bathing is a challenge as they could fall and no one would be there to help them.
Falling is a huge danger of the elderly as they are at a higher risk for bone fractures and injury. Their balance is off and they fall more easily due to uneven footing and obstacles that weren’t once obstacles such as stairwells and porches.
As we age, we all lose loved ones and friends. This can cause us to withdraw from our social lives. It can also lead to lapses in our own personal care and hygiene. When you’re not caring properly for yourself, it’s time to get help. Living alone may not be the best option for you.
Other concerns are health issues that can be challenging. Disability and disease round this list out and don’t forget that Alzheimer’s and dementia are very real and something to be concerned about.
Some people hate living alone and want to be around others. This may lead to depression, lack of sleep due to night frights, feeling isolated and other risks. Health risks and personal loss are all serious issues to be considered. Managing a household and the finances can be difficult and it may be time to get help.
At our facility, Assisting Hands In-Home Care, we’ve been offering our clients the best possible solutions in the Central region of Florida. We offer reliable affordable solutions in non-medical homes and we know how to help seniors with their daily activities. We have an entire team that are ready to help and supports all of our clients with any issue that you may have.