"Nursing homes", "Assisted living", "Aging in place", "Retirement homes", Elderhoods.... there are so many terms and alternatives for senior care that it is easy for one to get confused.
As we start our blog series on "Aging in place", let's understand what it means and what other alternatives are there to choose from..
Nursing Homes - Nursing homes are residential care facilities that cater to the medical needs of its patients. It's a midway point for those that have medical conditions severe enough that they need nursing expertise but whose conditions are stable enough that they do not require hospitalization. These facilities are staffed by teams that include nurses, nurses' aides, housekeeping staff, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers.
Assisted living - Assisted living communities are designed to provide residents with assistance with basic daily activities such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and more. Some states also allow assisted living to offer medication assistance and/or reminders. Assisted living communities differ from nursing homes in that they don’t offer complex medical services.
Retirement Homes - A retirement home is a multi-residence housing facility intended for senior citizens. The usual pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Additional facilities are provided within the building. Often this includes facilities for meals, gathering, recreation, and some form of health or hospice care. The level of facilities varies enormously.
Elderhoods- Cohousing developments built exclusively for older adult residents, known as elderhoods, are the newest cohousing trend, although very few exist throughout the country.
Aging in place - Aging in place is the ability to live in one's own home - wherever that might be - for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. It simply means securing necessary support services in response to changing personal needs and allowing an individual to remain in their present residence.
I hope this basic information was helpful.
We will be exploring the "Aging in place" option throughout February and we look forward to your feedback and questions. So keep reading!
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