These include any type of structure clustered together, like apartments, cottage houses, mobile homes, or townhouses and are only available to those over 55 years old. Residents have little or no trouble with activities of daily living and are very independent. These communities often include some common areas for social and recreational purposes and occasional activities.
Independent and Assisted Living
These two types of living situations are often clustered together in an apartment type building. People living in Independent units need no assistance with activities of daily living and have kitchens in their apartments, but they may enjoy some meals, social activities, housekeeping and transportation that the community has to offer. Those living in Assisted Living apartments need some level of assistance and benefit from the amenities that the community offers. These include meals, housekeeping, linen service, transportation, social and physical activities. These communities are designed to allow for independence but have staff available for any extra assistance a resident may need and to help promote wellness.
Memory Care (Dementia/Alzheimer’s)
This is an Assisted Living community that is secure to protect clients from wondering away. The staff is highly trained in the area of memory care and knows how to appropriately and respectfully care for these residents while keeping them engaged in activities and caring for their needs.
Continuing Care Retirement Community, or Life Care. This type of community is a comprehensive approach in that they offer a full spectrum of care. from Independent to Skilled Nursing Care. Many individuals and couples like these communities because all their needs can be met on one campus. If a spouse were to fall sown for example, he or she could rehabilitate in the on-site Skilled Nursing unit while enjoying convenient visits from their spouse who just lives in an apartment on campus.
Skilled Nursing or Rehabilitative Care Centers
These offer a very high level of care and must be licensed to administer medication. There is a level of standard and guidelines that are required for such a license that must be met. They offer rehabilitative and various nursing and medical procedures. Skilled nursing. unless covered by Medicaid. can be very expensive and can often be avoided as long term care. Alternatives to long term skilled nursing could be an Adult Family Home or an Assisted Living community with added care.
Adult Family Homes
The right Adult Family Home (AFH) can be a great alternative to a Skilled Nursing Facility for someone who needs a lot of physical care. They are residential homes licensed to care for up to six people with someone on duty 24 hours/day. They provide meals, laundry, assistance with all activities of daily living and often social and holiday activities. They will cost less than a Skilled Nursing facility and often have an RN or LPN on staff.