When it's time to make the move from home to a senior community, it can be hard to know which option is right for them. For those new to the process, it's useful to know the differences between the living options and levels of care out there. Here is a brief overview:
55+ Active or Independent Living
This is living in an apartment, condo, townhome, cooperative or a senior living building that has been designed with the needs of seniors in mind. Typically, stand-alone buildings such as these offer little to none scheduled programs or activities, no add on supports for laundry or maintenance, or dining programs. You also don’t have care staff or nursing available in case of an emergency.
It's about creating a lifestyle of convenience and maintenance-free living, along with socializing among neighbors, abundant amenities and turn-care supports when you need it. You may not even want a care plan in this type of setting, just an emergency pendant and having supports like laundry and meals or help with a shower. If your loved ones need a bit of assistance managing daily activities like dressing, cooking, cleaning, meds, and bathing, but are otherwise safe to live on their own, assisted living apartments are a great solution. Assisted Living communities provide more services than independent living communities, and there are staff on duty 24 hours a day.
Skilled Nursing Facilities or Care Centers
These provide more complex or skilled care than people in independent or licensed assisted living facilities can provide. It's licensed and registered nursing support, round the clock, for your loved ones.
Our primary focus in our memory care neighborhood, which we refer to as Serenity Suites, is to provide an attentive and caring environment for seniors living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. We have a thoughtfully and intentionally designed neighborhood that assists with familiarity, feeling safe, calm, and purposeful. Our programs are person-centered and full of activities that help relieve the anxiety, confusion and frustration that impact residents' lives. The trained staff recognize that we can dramatically improve our residents’ quality of life by maintaining their dignity and individuality, encouraging engagement with family and friends, and offering thoughtfully designed and personalized living accommodations.
If you need higher levels of assisted living, want nearby staff 24/7 but don’t want to move into a Nursing Home, a Care Suite or Enhanced Care neighborhood just might be what you need in order to live a better quality of life.