A Guide to Senior Care5 min read

by | May 9, 2018 | Healthy Living, home care

There are tons of options for senior care, and finding the right assistance for your loved one can be a challenge. Each type is not the best fit for everyone and there are many benefits to each kind. From home health care to nursing homes, here is our guide to the benefits of each type of senior care!

Home Health Care

Home health care gives your loved ones the most independence out of all the senior care options. With home health care, you can hire a nurse or aide to provide care to your loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. Depending on the agency you hire, services that may be offered include physical, occupational, or speech therapy as well as skilled nursing. Home health care aids and nurses are there to help out your loved ones with day-to-day activities as well as monitoring their medications.

elderly asian couple preparing a meal in a white modern kitchen

Independent Living Community

An independent living community is an apartment-style facility that is perfect for someone who is able to live somewhat independently but may need a little assistance. In an independent living community, residents can dine together, do activities, and enjoy entertainment together, and they have access to medical care when they need it. Having your loved one live in an independent living community is a safe living environment that allows them to maintain most of their independence while also getting lots of social interaction and assistance when needed.

Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities are similar to independent living communities in that they typically are apartment style and are good for those who still want some independence. Assisted living communities are perfect for your loved ones who need help with their day-to-day activities. They are still able to live an independent lifestyle in an assisted living community, but they have access to regular support. Like an independent living community, residents in assisted living communities have access to dining as well as activities and entertainment. They also have access to health care. In assisted living communities, residence have 24-hour supervision and assistance, so they are always able to get the help they need. Some assisted living communities may also offer housekeeping, maintenance, salon, or laundry services.

a male nurse guide helping an elderly man stand at a nursing home

Nursing Home

There are a few different types of nursing homes available for seniors. Some are set up like hospitals with medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy with a nurses’ station on each floor. Other nursing home facilities look more like assisted and independent living communities and have a homey feel to them. Meals are typically served in a specific dining area and, if a resident is too ill to be transported to the dining area, they can have their meals delivered to their room. Many nursing homes also have specific units or locations for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Nursing homes are a good option for your loved ones who need 24-hour medical care.

It’s important to find the right type of senior care for your loved ones depending on their personal needs. What other benefits of senior care do you know of? Let us know! If someone in your life is needing some help during the week, call Optimal Home Care to talk about your options!