Is there any more confusing time in a family’s life than trying to determine the best way to help a senior family member stay safe, healthy, independent, and happy? There are so many types of facilities, so many levels of care, so much to learn and evaluate. Like so many life events and stages, our experiences are limited and that makes decision making even harder.
What are the options when our loved one ages and needs help? Most seniors say they want to remain and age in their own homes, and while that is ideal in many situations, it isn’t always possible or practical. The need for help can be small or can range all the way to intensive, daily management. It can be temporary or progressive. The challenge is in selecting a living arrangement that will meet your loved one’s needs today and in the future.
Sometimes, the need for help is temporary, as is the case after an illness or physical injury. In those situations, Respite care, or Short Stay Care is required at an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. Adult day cares or memory care facilities can offer short term care, as well. Usually Respite care is used to help caregivers have some relief, as well as providing caregiving for the elderly or disabled person.
An Assisted living facility (AL) is often an option for seniors who want to live with as much independence as possible while also getting some assistance with daily living and care. Services can range from some help with meals and medication to more intensive assistance with health care, transportation, medical supervision and hygiene. There are many choices and levels within the AL facilities, and it is helpful to have an experienced guide when assessing what is available.
Another option is an Adult Family Home, where the family member is living in a home specializing in providing round-the clock supervision and care in a small, home like setting. For seniors who have been diagnosed with memory loss or Alzheimer’s, facilities that specialize in memory care or which offer secure care may be the best option.
Within each one of these options, there are many levels of care, many choices in location, budget and skills and training of staff. Choices can be challenging.
And that is where A1 Senior Care Advisors can be invaluable. A1 Senior Care Advisors are trained to know the differences in types and levels of care, and which facilities offer that care near you. A1 Senior Care Advisors know which questions to ask, and how to think ahead to future possible care needs.
For a free assessment, call A1 Senior Care Advisors at 425-324-5592. Get help reviewing, evaluating, and screening not only the needs of your family member, but also the options for living in assisted living homes. Know what you need and find out where those needs can best be met. And do it with the research, compassion and knowledge that helps ensure you make the very best choice for the ones you love.