April 3rd, 2019
There are a lot of different senior living communities out there. But did you know the types of senior living options differ, too?
As you begin the search for the right community for you or someone you love, it’s helpful to know the differences in the various types of senior living communities and what to expect from each.
Independent living is often the best choice for seniors who are self-sufficient and safely able to handle daily tasks on their own.
For seniors who don’t need assistance with medication reminders, personal hygiene, mobility and more, independent living offers the ability to remain autonomous yet take advantage of all the benefits of a senior living community, such as daily social events, chef-prepared meals and more.
Many senior living communities also offer a la carte services for independent living residents that can be added on to living packages.
Enhanced living is unique to our Independence Village and StoryPoint communities. A good stepping-stone between independent living and assisted living, enhanced living offers a non-licensed environment where support with items like medication reminders are available.
Assisted living is ideal for those who need added support with daily tasks beyond what is available in independent living.
Offering a licensed environment with specially trained staff, assisted living allows residents to live independently in a private apartment yet provides the support of daily meal service, housekeeping, assistance with medication administration, mobility support, healthcare coordination and more.
Our Independence Village and StoryPoint communities partner with skilled nursing groups to provide additional support as well as occupational and physical therapy.
Many senior living communities offer licensed memory care services with trained staff to support seniors with dementia and other memory impairments. Memory care units are organized with specialized programming to help seniors maintain independence as long as possible while also being equipped to support seniors in all stages of dementia.
Independence Village and StoryPoint communities construct all memory care units to make resident living as easy as possible. Windows are enlarged to allow more natural light and minimize shadows. Handrails are designed to fit the hand grip of seniors, and essential oils are used to help residents maintain daily schedules. For example, citrus essential oil is used to awaken the senses and stimulate appetite.
Nursing homes are similar to assisted living services within a senior living community in that they are equipped to support seniors who need extra help with daily tasks.
The difference? Nursing homes offer a greater level of support to residents, which can include medication administration, helping them get in and out of bed, providing dressing assistance and more. Often, a nursing home is a beneficial option for seniors who have very limited mobility or who have more complex medical needs and require high-level assistance and monitoring.
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) offer care that spans the spectrum of services needed as seniors age. Part independent living, part assisted living and beyond, these types of communities are able to support independent seniors as well as accommodate changing needs as time goes on.
Where some senior living communities don’t offer the full spectrum of services, CCRCs do, and residents who choose these communities are able to stay there long-term, regardless of their level of needs.
It’s important to note that while all senior living options come at a cost, CCRCs typically require a significantly larger entrance fee, sometimes referred to as a life care endowment, which often starts around $100,000.
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