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Senior Living 101: Understanding the Levels of Senior Care

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If you’re just beginning the retirement community search for your parent or older loved one, you might be wondering how to differentiate between the levels of senior care. As you make this important decision for your family, follow this guide to understand the different types of senior care in retirement communities.

Independent Living

For older adults who desire a more carefree retirement, independent living offers safe and flexible living options. Residents live in private apartments they can fill with their personal belongings and décor. Best of all, seniors who choose independent living don’t need to worry about things like lawn care, property taxes, household cleaning, cooking or driving. Independent living enables older adults to have all the freedom of homeownership without the hassle and responsibility of maintaining a larger home.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is the ideal option for older adults who require extra help with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing, transportation, and managing medications. Assistance is available around the clock from professional caregivers, giving older adults and their families greater peace of mind. In assisted living, residents can expect the independence they desire with the support they need to live safer, more secure lives.

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing facilities offer around the clock care for older adults who need close support and continuous assistance. In skilled nursing care, licensed physicians oversee each resident’s care plan, and registered nurses are available 24 hours a day to provide expert assistance and compassionate care. Many skilled nursing facilities also have therapists on staff for physical, occupational, and speech therapy services.

Continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer senior living options across a continuum of care, meaning residents can seamlessly transition from one level to the next as their care needs change. When choosing a retirement community for an older relative, be sure to tour different facilities and talk with the care staff to determine the best care option for your loved one throughout every stage of life.

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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