There are many types of adult care, and if you’re not tuned in to the nuances of each type, they can all start to sound the same. They’re not. There’s a lot of difference between programs like assisted living, skilled nursing, nursing home care, and adult day care. Knowing those differences and what they entail can help you decide what type of adult care is right for your family member.
An assisted living community is a community that specializes in providing personalized care in a residential setting. Seniors who live in assisted living facilities generally need more care than they can provide for themselves at home, but far less care than residents living in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility.
Assisted living facilities provide residents with social stimulation, medical management assistance, dressing and grooming, meals, laundry and more. Most facilities require their residents maintain a level of independence. Upon move-in, residents will bring their furnishings, personal items, clothing and sometimes even their pets. Most assisted living facilities are designed to look and feel like home, but in a campus environment where residents can live among their peers.
Skilled Nursing Care Facility or Nursing Home
A skilled nursing facility is a place where residents come to receive skilled health care from nurses, therapists and physicians. These facilities are designed to provide temporary care after an injury, surgery or a similar health trauma. Residents typically only live in these facilities for a short time. Those who need long-term care go to nursing homes.
A nursing home is similar to a skilled nursing facility, but residents at nursing homes tend to live there for much longer. At these facilities, residents receive a high level of care, including 24-hour medical attention. Nursing homes are staffed by medical professionals like nurses, doctors, and nursing assistants.
A memory care facility is a residential setting where patients suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s can receive care aimed specifically at their special needs. These facilities provide a safe environment where residents can live comfortably and enjoy an improved quality of life, without concern about wandering.
Memory care facilities are staffed by specialized staff with training to help them care for adults with dementia. At these facilities, patients receive memory-enhancing therapies in a safe environment.
Home care is a type of care that someone receives in their home. This type of care is aimed at people who wish to age in place but who need help with various activities throughout the day. Some home care is 24 hours per day, while other types of home care occur only at specific times of the day. Home care is also a good option for someone who needs care following a surgery or procedure, but who will be able to take care of themselves when they’ve finished healing.
Home care professionals may help with washing hair, getting dressed, chores, cooking, money management, cleaning, errands, and more.
Adult Day Care
Adult day care programs provide care for adults in a facility away from home. These programs are often utilized by seniors who live with their caregivers. They provide seniors an environment where they can socialize and enjoy mental stimulation, while caregivers get a break.
Adult day care programs provide adults with improved quality of life – especially those with cognitive impairments. And, by reducing stress on the caregiver, adult day care programs help residents and caregivers enjoy a more functional relationship overall.
Adult day care is a little different from a traditional senior center in that most senior centers are visited by healthy, independent seniors without special needs. Adult day cares are designed to provide supervision and extra services to ensure that guests are safe all day long.
Which One Is Right For Your Loved One?
Before you can choose an adult care situation that’s right for you or your loved one, you’ll have to ask yourself some questions.
- Will my loved one continue to live at home?
- Does my loved one need care from a medical professional? How much care? How often?
- Is my loved one suffering from dementia or a cognitive impairment?
- Is my loved one able to care for themselves? If so, what tasks can my loved one do for themselves? What does my loved one need help with?
- Does my loved one need socializing with peers? Is my loved one feeling lonely or isolated? Has my loved one been showing signs of depression?
Most of all, when you’re trying to select which kind of adult care is best for your loved one, you must have a conversation with them to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Having a realistic conversation is important. Your loved one may have different ideas about what they need, but if you can work together during this time, the care situation you provide will be a more positive experience for everyone.
Is Adult Day Care Right For You?
If your adult relative is hoping to meet friends, enjoy stimulating entertainment throughout the day, and needs a safe place where they can spend time, then adult day care may be right for them. Call Aliviar Care today to make an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.