Determining the type of care your loved one needs can get complicated, especially if you care for an individual who has a special set of needs. If you worry about how your loved one is able to care for himself or herself alone, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are numerous care options available.
Let’s explore common care types, as well as how to decide on the right services.
Types of Care to Consider
In an effort to meet seniors where they are and make their care as convenient as possible, professionals and families alike have developed unique, dedicated care types for seniors. If you’re not sure where to begin when considering the care your loved one might need, take a look at these options.
- Independent Living Community
- Retirement Community
- Assisted Living Community
- Professional Care at Home
- Nursing Facility
- Memory Care Community
- Family-Provided Caregiving
- How to Make the Right Decision
To choose the right services and amenities for your loved one, it’s essential to include the individual in the decision-making process. However, it’s also important to employ critical thinking while you plan. For example, your loved one might want to stay in his or her current home, and as much as you want to respect your senior family member’s wishes, consider whether this person is safe at home.
If your loved one needs round-the-clock care, leaving them at home might not be the best option unless you’re able to arrange for care services to be available in the residence. You might choose to have professional care aides visit your loved one’s home regularly, have family members take turns caring for your loved one, or a hybrid approach that makes use of both options.
Additionally, if your loved one is relatively active and independent, but needs occasional assistance with chores and some self-care routines, exploring independent living and assisted living facilities may be beneficial. Different communities offer various amenities, so it’s a good idea to get in contact with community liaisons who can provide you with accurate information about each community you research.
If you’re considering assisted living for someone you care about, reach out to Heritage Assisted Living at 609-561-8977. Our community liaison will provide you with all of the information you need, help you book a tour, and offer helpful advice that will make your research a lot easier.