Aging is a normal part of life and is inevitable, but how people adapt to aging differs based on their individual needs.
Some people continue to live in their long-time homes with minimal assistance from family members or friends. Others require more care due to illnesses or disabilities and discover the benefits of assisted living communities.
What are the Various Types of Care Now Available?
A variety of care options are now offered for older individuals who are no longer able to live alone. Board and care facilities, assisted living communities, and nursing homes are all available, and each option is tailored to meet the needs of individual residents. Different residents’ needs will vary, and each care option is intended to provide tailored care. Some communities limit their care options, but communities like Sholom assisted living facilities to offer a range of services for residents.
Board and care homes are smaller and usually have fewer than 20 residents. Because of their size, these homes provide more one-on-one care than other options. Rooms may be single occupancy or shared, and common areas are available for residents to use. These homes offer a homey environment but don’t have many of the amenities available with assisted living options.
Assisted living communities are home to residents needing different levels of care. These communities can be quite large, and the services offered will vary from one community to another. Most offer three meals daily, housekeeping and laundry services, a range of social and recreational opportunities, and personal care. Many include 24-hour emergency care, and some will have on-site medical personnel.
Nursing homes provide more extensive care that’s commonly needed as people age. The level of care generally exceeds anything available at assisted living or board and care homes. Some residents only require temporary care to recover following an accident or surgery, but many will remain in the home permanently.
How Do People Know What Level of Care They’ll Need?
Many people fail to recognize that it’s time to change their living arrangements. Family members and doctors often suggest different options when they recognize a loved one or patient needs help with daily activities. However, not everyone will agree on the level of care needed. No one wants to admit they need help, and most potential residents will want to retain as much independence as possible.
At that point, individuals needing care are encouraged to discuss why they need a change, what activities they need help with, and how much care is required on any given day. Once those questions are answered, choosing the type of community to consider is easier. In many cases, potential residents know they need some help, but they are still able to get around independently and want to enjoy a rich and rewarding social life.
That’s when an assisted living community would be the best option. When more care is required, a nursing home may be the answer, but the choice must be made carefully. Remember that conditions change, and residents must adapt to those changes.
Enjoying Life is Always a Priority
Residents are always encouraged to select options that offer the benefits and opportunities that make life enjoyable. In many cases, that will mean selecting a community that provides various options and helps residents adjust as their care needs evolve.