Senior Living Long-Term Care Options

Learn differences in senior long-term care

As Baby Boomers, we value our independence as a necessity to living a happy, fulfilling life. Not only do we love our active, social lives, but we embrace any opportunity to learn and grow as our generation always has. When health or physical issues creep into our older parents’ lives which affects their ability to live on their own, we want to learn as much as possible about senior care options. The idea of our parents losing their independence is something neither of us wants to consider.

Independent living is more accessible than it used to be with a range of care options to meet the needs of each family. Nursing homes are not the only option, thankfully. From activity-driven assisted living facilities to adult day care and in-home care, your parents can hold onto their independence longer.

Senior Living Long-Term Care Options

Elderly woman in wheelchair with home health aideNon-medical In-home Care

In-home care offers the comfort and independence of living at home with the care and safety of a home care professional. Home care employees assist clients with the activities of daily living (ADLs), which include bathing, grooming, feeding, dressing, ambulation (walking and transferring), and toileting.

In-home care benefits include:

  • Privacy (no shared room as in other long-term care situations)
  • Assistance with personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, etc.
  • Retain independence for a longer period of time
  • Personalized one-on-one care
  • Familiar surroundings at home
  • Family and community participation
  • Provides relief for family caregivers
  • Not being surrounded by a lonely, depressing environment. A big downside to many long-term care communities is the constant reminder of death and sickness as residents grow older. When in their own homes, seniors are surrounded by their adult children, grandkids, friends, neighbors, pets, and home care employees who help them remain happy and challenged every day

Aging in Place

Aging in Place is “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level,” according to the CDC. By adding senior-friendly modifications to one’s home, aging in place is made possible in tandem with in-home care when your parents need greater assistance. For more resources pertaining to aging in place, visit www.aginginplace.org.

Respite Care

Respite care offers temporary short-term care services to seniors in a safe environment, while also giving the primary family caregiver a period to reenergize and strengthen their abilities to offer effective care. Respite care can be provided by in-home care providers as well as many assisted living facilities.

Adult Day Care Facilities

An adult day care facility allows full-time family caregivers a safe place to take loved ones for the day as a form of respite. Adult day care services often include a snack or meal, health-driven or educational activities, therapy when needed, health monitoring, and assistance with mobility or using the restroom.

Independent Living Communities

Independent living is a senior-friendly community usually consisting of apartment-style or freestanding homes that offer assistance when needed, low maintenance, and senior-centered activities and events.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living offers care to residents requiring a bit more attention than independent living. Services often include meal preparation, medication management, bathing, dressing, and other personal care as needed.

Nursing Homes

A nursing home—also known as a skilled nursing facility—is a health care facility serving patients that require skilled nursing care, long-term care, or any medical care that can’t be accommodated in the home. Residents typically must share a room and staff-to-resident care ratios are notoriously low.

Memory Care

Patients requiring memory care services, including Alzheimer’s or dementia care, often need specialized services a memory care unit can offer. Many assisted living or long-term care facilities house memory care units.

Personal Care Homes

These are homes that provide room and board, along with assisted living services, to several adults.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Communities that feature living options that adjust as a senior ages. A couple may start in the independent living area of the community, either in a villa or an apartment, for example. As their physical needs progress, one or both of them may move into either the skilled nursing section or memory care unit located in the same community. A large entrance fee is required, along with large monthly payments that cover meals, building upkeep, activities, housekeeping, etc.

At Visiting Angels, we provide in-home senior care services to those who wish to age-in-place at home while retaining an independent lifestyle in comfortable, familiar surroundings. To learn more about keeping your independence with help from a Visiting Angel, call 609-883-8188.