As a loving caregiver of an elderly family member, you might find yourself in a position where the next big move for your loved one is out of their home and into a place where they can receive the care and support they need to stay safe, healthy, and happy in their golden years. This conversation can be tough and it’s often hard for an elderly person to imagine leaving the home that they’ve lived in for decades. Consulting with a senior placement provider would be helpful.
One of the things you’ll want to discuss is where your senior might move to. With all the options out there, and all the customization to use those options, having a professional senior placement provider from a team that helps seniors find the best home, will help your entire family as you try to make the decision together for your loved one.
A senior placement provider will often provide a free consultation and will walk you through what each type of facility is and if it’s the right fit for your loved one. The senior placement provider will ask lots of questions so they completely understand what is best for your loved one.
Two of the most common places that seniors move into when they leave their homes are assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. While both can have a wide range of services, ready to meet your loved one where they are, both also cater to a specific type of lifestyle and ability.
Assisted living facilities will support your loved one’s independence and socialization. You’ll often find assisted living communities will have private apartments, restaurant-style dining, lots of social activities, day trips, and clubs for the people who are living there to participate in.
In addition to the freedom and fun that comes with those offerings, assisted living facilities may often provide assistance services such as bathing, medication management, and physical therapy. Your loved one will have easy access to get the help they need, either right where they live or off-site.
To live in most assisted living communities, an elderly person must be predictable and stable (mentally and physically). This means that usually those who are suffering from a memory impairment disease (such as Alzheimer’s) or have extreme physical health issues or are bedridden, cannot live in an assisted living community.
Skilled Nursing Facility
Skilled nursing facilities provide 24-hour care by trained nurses, licensed health professionals, physical therapists, and others. They can be short-term (such as during a recovery period from a serious surgery) or they can be long-term for someone who has serious chronic health issues. When someone needs skilled nursing care for the long term, they are often placed in a nursing home which will be their permanent residence.
Consult a Senior Placement Provider
There are a lot of options for both that can seem overwhelming as you research and try to determine what is best for your aging loved one. Having a senior placement provider on your team can help you navigate through all of the complicated jargon and help you find the right place for your loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering your Senior Placement Services please contact the caring staff at Connect Our Elders today! (858) 222-9241
Connect Our Elders provides free advisory and senior care planning across the U.S.
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