As we age, our needs change and we eventually require assistance in different areas of living. Activities of daily living may become too stressful for us and medical needs may become more demanding even for our family and relatives who offer their assistance. If we want to receive the level of assistance we need in a convenient and senior-friendly environment, then a senior care home may be a great place to stay.
When the time comes that a senior care home is the best place for us to be, we need to practice due diligence when choosing the right one. The following are main considerations to help guide you to the right choice of senior care homes.
Before anything else, a thorough assessment of your needs is the best way to start your search. Know what kind of assistance you need depending on your health condition, preferences and finances. You may also want to maintain as much independence as possible, thus it is crucial to determine which tasks will require some assistance and which ones will not. Be honest with yourself to ensure that you have evaluated your needs properly. While your budget may be a great influencer during this phase, it is also wise to be objective with your assessment and consider your budget last to get a good match for your needs and budget.
Types of Senior Care Homes
Senior care homes can be classified in three major ways; independent living, assisted living and nursing homes. These three are the most sought after by different individuals with different needs.
Independent living is most sought after by people who have just entered the senior years, from age 55, and are still living an active and healthy lifestyle. Individuals who opt for independent living choose to live in smaller homes that are simple enough to maintain while gaining access to a network of fellow seniors who enjoy physical, social, educational and cultural activities.
Assisted living (check this one out) is the best option for seniors who require a minimum level of assistance and medical care. Doctors, caregivers and nurses are not required to be present for 24 hours a day and residents of this type of facility often need some level of assistance in a variety of activities of daily living and other tasks.
Nursing homes are the most viable option for seniors with chronic illnesses or are recovering from surgery or illness. Medical staffs are present at all times and intensive assistance with activities such as toileting, bathing, dressing and eating are available as well.
With the above considerations, you can then make the right choice among the senior care home options. Read reviews and vet the potential facilities first to ensure long-term satisfaction and proper care.