Three Types of Senior Care

Author: Turning Point Senior Care Solutions |

Blog by Turning Point Senior Care Solutions

A lot has changed since the inception of “nursing homes.” In fact, very little remains the same other than having the similar goal of caring for seniors.

It all began back in 1935 with the Social Security Act which instituted the idea of a nursing home. A wing of a hospital was the designated space to be used for senior care. In those days, people as young as 65 were often considered seniors in need of end-of-life care. There was very little understanding of the whole aging process or how to best care for seniors. And unfortunately, nursing homes simply weren’t regulated.

With all of the trial and error in the early stages, and plenty of research done over the years, senior care today is completely different than it once was. Not only is it carefully regulated, but it is no longer a one-size-fits-all situation. There are various lifestyles available to choose from.

Independent Living

For those who need limited services for care, there are apartments or condominiums available. These privately paid living spaces are free of maintenance, requiring only one monthly fee. Some of the perks of independent living include:

  • Regular housekeeping
  • Linens and towels washed regularly
  • Transportation
  • Organized activities and events
  • Limited meals
  • Access to a gym, movie theater, and cafes

Assisted Living

Apartments are available for this type of living situation, which is best for those who need more assistance than those living in the independent community. Moving to assisted living does not mean that an eventual move to a nursing home is inevitable. There is a well-trained nursing staff who works directly with the individual’s doctor, and administers any necessary medications.

Assisted living is privately paid, covering the cost of rent and the cost of care. The cost of care can fluctuate based on what needs may arise. There is a Medicaid waiver available for those with a low income.

In addition to more access to care, assisted living includes:

  • Daily and weekly housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Meals and snacks
  • Organized activities and events

Memory Care

For one all-inclusive rate, a senior in need of extra care can live in his or her own private room within a secure building. Skilled nursing staff are readily available, working directly with the individual’s doctor to give the very best care. Also included:

  • Daily housekeeping, or as needed
  • Deep cleaning weekly
  • All meals and snacks
  • Organized activities and events