When it comes to making sure senior loved ones receive proper care and support as they age, it can be challenging to navigate the myriad senior living options that are available.

Maintaining an Independent Lifestyle as Seniors Age

Assisted living communities tend to be a favored option for aging-in-place seniors who want to maintain an independent lifestyle yet require some assistance with everyday activities, like meal preparation, grooming, dressing, medication reminders, and others. Senior housing options significantly differ in terms of their size, accommodations, pricing, features, care, and services offered. Given the extensive range of choices, seniors and their families may find it difficult to select the most suitable assisted living community.

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 800,000 older Americans live in an assisted living community and about half of them are at least 85 years old. From independent living communities to nursing homes, there are many different choices for seniors, each offering unique benefits and services.

Talking to Aging Loved Ones About Senior Living Options

Bringing up the idea of assisted living to a senior loved one sometimes conjures up images of buildings they have visited that they really disliked. At Amada Senior Care, many seniors we meet with are hesitant to consider moving into an assisted living community because of their preconceived ideas. Once our senior clients and their families understand that there are many types, sizes, designs, and concepts of assisted living, they become more willing to explore the idea of senior community living.

What sets Amada Senior Care apart from other home care providers is that we simply educate and let the senior decide on the best path of action. If the senior decides that a trained Amada caregiver offering at-home assistance would be the best option, Amada is here to help. If the senior decides on exploring different types of assisted living communities, Amada can help. Our senior care advisors have the deep understanding, experience and connections needed to provide guidance and resources.

Types of Senior Communities and Assisted Living Services

Whatever the situation, Amada professionals find the best option for seniors and their families with the goal of finding the highest quality care available. Keep reading to learn about some of the main senior living options that are available, as this information will help you make the best decision either for yourself or for a senior loved one’s needs, lifestyle and preferences.

Independent Living

Independent living is an ideal option for seniors who can still manage their daily activities comfortably but are seeking a community of peers. These communities usually provide apartments or small houses, group activities, and community dining, allowing seniors to enjoy their independence while also benefiting from a vibrant and supportive community.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are a step up regarding care. These facilities are designed for those who require some help with everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, or medication management. Residents live in apartment-style dwellings while having access to personalized care services as needed. Additionally, meals, housekeeping, transportation, and social activities are typically provided.

Memory Care

Memory care units are particular areas within assisted living or nursing homes that cater specifically to residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. These facilities are designed with safety in mind, and the staff is specially trained to care for residents with memory issues.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes—or skilled nursing facilities—are meant for seniors who need round-the-clock medical attention due to severe chronic illness or following a hospital stay. They provide a high level of care, including medical monitoring and treatments, rehabilitation services, as well as assistance with daily activities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

CCRCs are a unique senior living option because they encompass several levels of care in one location. Seniors can progress from independent living to assisted living, and eventually to nursing home care, without needing to change their living arrangements drastically. CCRCs can provide a sense of security knowing that the increasing care needs will be met in the same surroundings.

Home Care

Home care services provide aid right in the comfort of the senior’s own home. It can range from professional healthcare services to companionship or help with daily tasks, also referred to as activities of daily living like meal preparation, medication reminders and more. This choice allows seniors to maintain their established routines while receiving the support they need.

Amada is Here to Help Seniors and Their Families Make Informed Decisions

Navigating the landscape of senior living options doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By understanding the distinctive features of each of the choices, families can make informed decisions that best match the needs and preferences of their aging loved ones. Families also can depend on Amada as their expert guide for managing care coordination and navigating care financing options.

Remember that the most important factor in this decision is the happiness and well-being of the senior involved. Start the conversation early, involve your cherished senior in the decision-making process as much as possible, and seek professional advice if you’re unsure; that way, you can be confident that you are making the right choice for your loved one.

Whether the transition aims for independent living, assisted care, a nursing home, or home care, there’s a supportive, caring environment out there that will provide your loved ones the care they need, while giving you peace of mind. If you think you or a loved one may benefit from an in-home caregiver or would like to learn more about senior living options, don’t hesitate to contact us at Amada Senior Care for a free care needs consultation. Click here to find an Amada Senior Care location near you.