Every day the population of the United States gets older. That means that there is more and more need for us as citizens to know what our options are for long term care of our elderly relatives. Whether it is your mother, father, aunt, uncle, husband or wife that you need to find a suitable home for, you need to know what the differences are as far as what kinds of care they provide. Continuing Care Retirement Communities such as Devonshire in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, can provide care of any type needed. Life Care represents total assurance: Unlimited priority access to the finest care—assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support and rehabilitation. Learn more here.
Assisted living is where your loved one lives in their own apartment or townhouse, and only have someone come in to help with specific living activities. For instance, they may be still be able to walk and get their needs known verbally, but need assistance with things like cleaning, cooking, and bathing. In an assisted living environment, these things can be handled on a daily basis as needed. This is a good option for older people who just want to step down a little from home ownership and not have to worry about lawn care, household maintenaince, and things like that. It is a first level of care that many chose.
When your elderly relative needs more in depth care, such as rehab to help them get stronger after a hospital stay, a rehabilitation facility may be the best for them where their level of care is concerned. There are many types of rehab available. Rehabilitation can help the elderly person get back on their feet and back into their own home quickly. Usually a stay of one month to six weeks is all that is needed.
Once an elderly person gets to the point where they are no longer able to care for themselves, or can’t remember to take medications, or cook meals for themselves, a nursing home would be a more viable option for them. A nursing home offers a more involved level of care, such as administering medications, bathing a patient who is confined to a bed, or even feeding someone who can no longer do that for themselves.