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Senior Living: What Are the Options?

Senior Living: What Are the Options?

There are many options when it comes to senior care, including live-in caretakers or home visits, nursing homes, or even having a family member acting as a caretaker. Other options include moving into a senior living facility, where they can have access to care on-site and be around people of a similar age. However, not all senior living facilities are the same, and there are different types designed to accommodate various needs. Here are some senior living options you should explore to find the right fit for yourself or a loved one.

Independent Living

Independent senior living is, as the name suggests, aimed at individuals who are still able to live independently and don’t require hands-on care. These are considered to be retirement communities and are ideal for those who perhaps want to be around people in their age group and to make new friends. There are organized activities and clubs on-site. Usually, there is a restaurant and café to enjoy, as well as other amenities like a gym, gardens, library, and other communal spaces. Residents will have a private apartment, house, or a suite that they can reside in comfortably. You can see an example of independent living and the rest of the senior living options listed here at the Monarch senior living website.

Memory Care

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be common health issues with the senior community, and it can be very challenging for loved ones to cope with these conditions alone at home. Memory care living can provide respite for relatives who have seen a decline in their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia and can no longer manage to take care of them or worry about them being unsafe at home. These facilities provide a safe environment for them with special care so that the individual and their families get the right support. There are also day centers available to provide memory care support if this is preferable.

Assisted Living

Assisted living can have a similar feel to a retirement community, often offering similar activities and social opportunities on-site. However, the difference between the two is that an assisted living facility will be able to provide more intensive care to residents. It is aimed at those who might struggle with doing daily tasks, such as getting dressed, bathing, or meal preparation. Caretakers will be on-site 24/7 to help out, and they can also help with medication management should a resident need it. A nurse will also be on-site to help out with medical issues.

Respite Care

You might find that your situation doesn’t require a permanent move into a senior living community but rather just a short stay. This might be due to an injury or illness that has made living independently difficult, but only temporarily. Respite care can be the perfect solution for this, offering short-term stays in these residences so that you or your loved one can get the care they need during their recovery but can return home when they are ready to do so.

If you are looking for senior living options for yourself or a loved one, but aren’t sure which is the right fit, consider the options listed above and find out which one is most suitable.

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