Retirement homes and senior care facilities have grown in recent years. This increase in demand is largely due to a rapidly aging population. But, with all of these options available knowing which is best for you can be a daunting task. To alleviate some of this stress, we’ve done the research and listed below the types of facilities available.
1. Independent Retirement Living
An independent retirement living facility is the ideal solution for seniors who still live active lifestyles. These types of communities are perfect for individuals who are still able to cook meals for themselves, take care of their grooming and other daily activities but require some assistance. These facilities work by offering ‘senior only apartments’ or housing to those over a certain age.
Depending on the community, they can offer additional support to those living in it such as housekeeping or meal preparations. These retirement home facilities also guarantee that you or your loved one will be surrounded by other like-minded individuals. Overall, these facilities offer seniors the freedom to live independently with some additional assistance when they need.
2. Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities are perfect for seniors who need assistance with daily tasks, but not specialized medical care. This means, the facility will be able to help the individual with household chores, grooming, errands and meals. The facility will not be able to provide medical care or specialized long-term treatment.
This type of housing that is offered is typically an apartment style building. Oftentimes, the units offered are one to two-bedroom suites with a small kitchenette. The staff will provide all meals in this style of retirement living, offer social programs, exercise activities and more.
3. Home Care
Home care is a great alternative for seniors who need assistance but want to remain in the comfort of their own home. This type of retirement care often involves a skilled individual supporting the senior with errands, meals, housekeeping, transportation and more.
4. Long Term Care
Long term care facilities are geared towards seniors who need 24-hour medical care and support. These types of facilities are able to offer specialized care for medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. These homes can offer continuous care in a secure facility. Meaning, the resident will be safe at taken care of regardless of their needs.
5. Subsidized Housing Options
Subsidized programs and housing options for seniors are a great option for anyone who may struggle with the cost of senior care. These programs are provided by the government and often offer programs or support to seniors who qualify. Seniors in these types of facilities often pay a fixed portion of money to cover their rent with the remainder being paid for by the government. It is important to note that subsidized programs are meant for seniors who need light assistance. Therefore, only seniors that require help a few times during the week should apply.
6. Day Programs
Day programs are a great alternative to full time care facilities or live-in caregivers. These programs can offer support to seniors who require help during the day, but don’t have anyone to provide it. These programs typically run on weekdays and during standard business hours. Enrolling a loved one in a day program can offer relief to family members that may be struggling to provide care. But, with senior day programs you can rest assured your loved one is being taken care of even when you cannot be there.