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Types of assisted living

Posted by Dwayne J. Clark

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If you have been considering assisted living for your senior parent or other loved one, you may wonder just what that entails. There are many types and levels of assisted living available to seniors, and the choice of which to pursue depends on an individual’s requirements and desires. It is also worth considering that these needs can change over time, making what was the perfect senior living situation less than ideal as time goes on. For this reason, you should always investigate local senior living communities that offer assisted living across the continuum of needed care and we’ll go through that below. Multiple moves can be stressful for mom and dad, so ensuring they live in a community that can care for their changing needs through the years is crucial. As you look for a community that your loved one will enjoy living in, seek out a continuing care retirement community if at all possible. This is a community that includes all the types of care below.

“Your loved one’s needs may change over time.”

Assisted living

Assisted living offers the best of senior community living – like onsite activities and exercise programs as well as food monitored by a registered dietitian – with the security you want for your mom. In assisted living apartments, there’s an emergency call system that’s easy for her to access, and staff can help with her medication management. This is an excellent option for seniors who are facing health challenges and can no longer live independently, but who do not need constant medical care. It is important to note that round-the-clock medical needs requiring 24/7 nursing staff and doctors are not generally catered to in assisted living. However, staff can help with Parkinson’s disease care, weight issues and other challenges.

The ideal community for your parent will vary depending on personal tastes, but look for one where residents have robust activities like Aegis Living, a robust Life Enrichment program that nurtures the body, mind and spirit with trained staff. There is a sense that it is a comfortable, homelike space.

Research all your options to make the best choice for your loved one.Research all your options to make the best choice for your loved one.

Memory care

If your parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you know just how much work it takes to keep him or her safe and happy. In a memory care senior living situation, highly trained staff do their best to help residents live fulfilling, active lives even as they experience memory loss and other cognitive symptoms. Memory care depends on the latest research into these issues, helping to create a strong environment for seniors with dementia to thrive. Even if your parent’s memory seems only slightly shaky now, consider looking for a senior community that offers memory care in case it becomes necessary later in his or her life. Your parent can transition gently and gradually to memory care at Aegis, which offers care between assisted living and complete memory care. If your parent needs memory care now, keep in mind that Aegis has memory care centers that are at the forefront of innovation, with staff specifically trained to handle difficult behavior that sometimes accompanies memory issues.

End of life care in assisted living

When you find a place where your mother and father are comfortable, you will want to ensure they can stay for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s vital to ensure your chosen assisted living facility offers supportive, round-the-clock care and pain management at the end of life, as well as an environment that welcomes your loved one and keeps things quiet and peaceful. The transition involved for the entire family at the end of a loved one’s life is immense, so it’s also vital that staff are able to provide emotional support.

Nursing home

While the idea may have negative associations for you and your parents, a nursing home is ideal for seniors who have significant medical problems and need to have access to 24/7 skilled nursing care with physicians onsite. For example, this may include a need for assistance with medications that are difficult to administer or must be given through unusual means, such as IVs, chest tubes or complex processes. It commonly includes those who need chemotherapy and other life-prolonging procedures as well. Your doctor will be able to advise.