As seniors get older, many of them will require certain types of care to manage any changes in their health. But with so many different care options for aging parents, it can be tough to figure out which is the best choice for your senior’s particular needs. In an effort to help you make that decision, we’re going to discuss the many different senior care options from which to choose.
Assisted Living Facilities
These are communities for seniors who are not able to live independently anymore but don’t need constant care and monitoring. This option is for aging individuals who just need a little help with taking medications, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and so on. Residents in these facilities live in separate, private apartments with a staff on-call 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency. Most assisted living communities also have nursing services, transportation to and from certain destinations, and Alzheimer’s care options.
Independent Living Facilities
Similar to an assisted living facility, this type of community arrangement offers independent living arrangements for seniors who don’t require as many medical services. Each senior keeps his or her own private residence and has access to meal delivery services, social gatherings and events held on the premises for seniors to enjoy as a community. This type of care option is the closest thing to living on one’s own and offers peace of mind for family members who don’t want their senior to be deprived of independence but feel like they need a support system in place to keep them healthy and happy.
For those seniors who are still able to safely live in their own home but still need a little in-home assistance, there are care services that can help out. Seniors Helping Seniors North Knoxville is one such service that sends someone into the home to help an aging individual accomplish some of the simple everyday tasks like bathing, getting dressed, preparing meals, getting around doing errands, making appointments, and paying bills. These services are also good for providing companionship in the event there aren’t family members who live nearby to come in and visit on a regular basis. In-home care services can be provided as infrequently or as routinely as needed.
Nursing Home Facilities
This type of care facility is designed for providing 24-hour care to seniors who have medical conditions and require constant care and monitoring. On-site nursing services are available 24 hours a day and offer strong support for those individuals dealing with illness, injury, and other medical issues that need to be closely audited. Residents typically share rooms with one another and they are served meals three times a day. Group activities are available for those patients who are well enough to participate and meals are served in a community dining room. These facilities also provide Alzheimer’s care for those who need such services. This is a good choice for seniors who are no longer able to live independently and need close proximity to immediate medical care.