Long Term Care Facility Options
Some important things to think about when visiting care facilities:
- quality of care
- the number of staff and responsiveness of staff
- the cleanliness of the facility
- level of family involvement
Assisted Living - Appropriate for seniors who may need help with bathing, dressing, medication, etc. Senior assisted housing combines lodging and various personal support services, such as meals, housekeeping, laundry, and shopping. Assisted living benefits seniors who need regular help with daily activities but do not need nursing home care.
Continuing Care - Appropriate for seniors who want to provide for health needs as they age without having to relocate. Continuing care communities, also referred to as "life care communities," provide services specified by contract, usually for the remainder of the resident's life. The types of services provided range from housekeeping services to skilled nursing care.
Nursing Care - Appropriate for seniors with deteriorating mental or physical abilities or having great difficulty with daily activities. Nursing care communities provide residential medical care for the aged who need continual attention.
Alzheimer’s Care - An Alzheimer's Unit is secured within a care facility for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Their goal is to maintain quality of life for residents as their needs change, through the course of their disease.
Rehabilitation Care - Rehabilitation centers offer many different services, including physical, speech and occupational therapy. Many who attend a rehab program have disabilities or ongoing medical problems, while others are recovering from an accident or a medical incident such as a stroke. Rehabilitation centers are often affiliated with another health care organization, such as a hospital or nursing home, although they can be separate, free-standing facilities.