The support received from their immediate family, friends, and local programs may become inadequate for your senior family members after some time. Adults who require full-time support should consider moving to a residential facility that provides long-term care. Assisted living facilities provide long-term care services such as board and care homes, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities. Some facilities provide only housing, housekeeping, and personal care. On the other hand, other assisted living facilities offer special programs for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Assisted living is for anyone who needs assistance with their daily chores. Most assisted living facilities will range in size from the ones that accommodate 25 residents and those that accommodate 120 or more residents. These facilities offer a few “levels of care” where the residents have to pay more for higher levels of care. The residents can live in their own apartments or share common areas. These people have access to many services including three meals a day, assistance with medications, assistance with personal care, laundry, housekeeping, 24-hour supervision, security, and on-site staff. They also have access to social and recreational activities in the facility. The exact arrangements of the facility may vary from state to state.
What Are Board & Care Homes?
Residential care facilities or board and care homes or group homes are small private facilities with less than 20 residents. Rooms can be private or shared with other residents. The residents will receive meals and personal care and have staff around the clock. Medical care and nursing are not provided on-site.
What Is A Nursing Home?
Skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes offer a wide variety of health and personal care services to senior adults. They focus on medical care more than assisted living facilities. The service they provide may include nursing care, three meals a day, 24-hour supervision, as well as assistance with day-to-day activities. Rehabilitation services such as occupational, physical, and speech therapy may also be available in some facilities. Some people prefer to stay at a nursing home for a short period of time after being hospitalized. They will go home after they recover. But other nursing home residents live there permanently since they have ongoing mental and physical conditions that may require constant supervision and care from professional nursing staff.
CCRCs or Continuing Care Retirement Communities are also known as life care communities. They offer different levels of services in one location. These facilities offer independent housing, assisted living, as well as skilled nursing care in one location. Recreational and healthcare services are also available.
When choosing a CCRC, the level of service you require matters. People who cannot live independently move to an assisted living facility or receive home care in their independent living units.
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