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Assisted Living Communities
Offer a helping hand to those seniors who may need support with activities of daily living. They provide a variety of personalized services and social activities.
Apartments vary in sizes from studios to two bedrooms, two baths, meals, 24-hour supervision, making this a great solution for seniors who enjoy a more active environment. They also have a beauty salon, vans or buses for transportation. This type of facility also offers the option of emergency call buttons in each of the rooms.
Residential Care Facilities (Board and Care Homes)
Board and Care Homes are private homes modified to meet state inspection requirements. These smaller homes are particularly good for seniors who have special physical needs such as acular degeneration, dementia, etc. Residents receive more one-on-one attention because they are typically limited to six seniors in the home. These offer a family environment and have a sense of "home" versus "hotel.' These private homes provide room, meals and personal care services for those who need assistance. Caregivers provide the supervision necessary to make sure residents are safe.
Memory Care Facilities
Alzheimer's Care homes are specially designed, maintained, and staffed for people who have Alzheimer's or dementia. These facilities have a unique design including alarms on all doors and windows to prevent wandering. Staffing typically has taken special courses and/or seminars on how to care for seniors with behaviors such as aggression, depression and confusion. Some floor plans are typically one level, with level surfaces for walking. Most homes have novelties such as textured pictures on the walls for sight and touch, enclosed court yards for freedom and security, and some have pets for the residents to enjoy. The floors are distinctly different colors than the walls so as to not confuse a person's gait. Semi-private rooms are available and sometimes preferred to prevent loneliness and isolation.
In Home Care Services
In Home Health
These services allow injured,disabled and elderly to learn to live independently at home.
- Skilled nursing services and home health services provided up to seven days a week for no more than eight hours per day and 28 hours per week (Medicare can cover up to 35 hours in unusual cases).
- Medicare pays in full for skilled nursing care, which includes services and care that can only be performed safely and effectively by a licensed nurse. Injections (and teaching patients to self-inject), tube feedings, catheter changes, observation and assessment of a patient’s condition, management and evaluation of a patient’s care plan, and wound care are examples of skilled nursing care that Medicare may cover.
Respite Care Facilities
Respite care is a great living option for an elderly or disabled person who needs some day-to-day supportive services, as a short term stay, but still desires social stimulation, engagement and activities. Respite care is often suggested for seniors who are recovering from a hospital visit, fall, surgery or other health circumstance, senior living trial periods or any other reason. Respite services can be offered for a variety of care levels, including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, depending on the respite care provider’s capabilities.
Hospice Care Homes
Hospice care could be administer whether the patient is at home, in a hospice house or another health care facility, hospice workers ensure that the dying person's environment is accessible, meets their needs and adds to their quality of life.
A person of any age is eligible for hospice after being certified by a physician as having a life expectancy that may be six months or less, depending on the course of the disease. If a patient lives beyond six months after admission they can continue to receive services as long as a physician continues to document the patient's eligibility.