A Guide to Senior Housing: Which Type of Care is Right for Me?
With so many different senior housing and care types out there, what’s the best fit for my needs? This can be a complex question to answer, but we’re here to help.
In this month’s edition of the Canyon Creek blog, we’ll be discussing the main features of the different types of care we offer, which include memory care, assisted living, and respite care. We’ll also walk you through senior care options offered through other types of services or facilities.
Senior Care Types Offered at Canyon Creek
Also referred to as Alzheimer’s care or dementia care, memory care communities generally offer 24-hour support along with activities designed to help improve the symptoms associated with progressive memory loss.
Here at Canyon Creek, for example, our memory care residents enjoy activities that help to stimulate the senses and boost cognition, such as arts and crafts activities or hand massages. We also offer activities that help to keep memory care residents socially engaged, as these kinds of social bonds can be extremely helpful in warding off the feelings of loneliness commonly associated with progressive memory loss.
Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely, but don’t require intensive, around-the-clock skilled nursing. Assisted living communities offer help with day-to-day tasks, such as medication management, meals, and housekeeping. Assisted living programs, like the one here at Canyon Creek, have a 24-hour staff available to ensure residents’ safety. Thanks to the community atmosphere and fun schedule of activities, assisted living communities are an excellent option for seniors who need support, but don’t require the intensive medical care offered through nursing homes.
Respite care is temporary, short-term assisted living. This option is often well-suited for seniors who are recovering from a hospital stay and may need some extra assistance as they recover. Alternatively, respite care may be a good option if the primary in-home caregiver is away or if a senior simply wants to try out assisted living to see if it’s a good fit for them. Learn more about our own respite care program here at Canyon Creek.
Other Common Senior Care Types
Also known as skilled nursing, long term care facilities, nursing centers, or convalescent care, nursing homes provide around-the-clock, 24-hour skilled nursing care for seniors who require more intensive care and assistance.
Independent living communities, otherwise referred to as retirement communities, 55+ communities, or senior apartments, are designed for independent seniors who don’t need much day-to-day support, but who would benefit from living in an engaging, fun community atmosphere. While doctors are available on-call, many independent living communities are designed for seniors who need little to no medical assistance.
Often referred to as adult family homes or residential care homes, group homes are good for seniors who need the care of live-in caretakers, but would prefer a smaller, more intimate environment than may be available at larger facilities or communities. Residents live together in a private residence and receive care from live-in caretakers.
Home care aides give seniors the opportunity live in their homes while receiving in-home care as needed. Home care can vary in terms of frequency and services, tailored to the senior’s individual needs.
Finding the Best Option for You
We hope that this is a helpful guide for those initiating their senior housing search! If you’re unsure about which option is the best for you or your aging loved one, feel free to take our senior lifestyle survey. Our advisors at Canyon Creek Senior Living are more than happy to chat about the best care plan for you or your senior loved one. Feel free to reach out to us and we’d love to talk!
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