You begin noticing changes with your loved one in daily task completion or even daily task completion has fallen to the waist side - dishes in the sink, bed unmade, dirty laundry piles, bills unpaid, changes in appearance, bathing infrequencies, mobility difficulties. Or maybe your loved one can’t keep up with home owning responsibilities. This may be a new awareness for you, or it’s something you’ve known for a while, yet out of your own denial you weren’t ready to accept reality your loved one needs assistance.
You may feel lost or don’t have a clue where to start. Congratulations, you are like 99% of the people in your similar situation. That’s why senior living communities exist. It’s like going to a doctor when you aren’t feeling well, you’re now coming to a senior living professional looking for answers. Rest assured, we are trained to help people in your similar situation. But first steps first, we need to discuss care levels available so you know which avenue to explore. Sit down, grab a cup of joe, and let’s discuss.
Many people don’t know independent living is available; they just assume their loved one is needing assisted living. Once we dive into the details, we find the house responsibilities have become too much and it’s causing other daily living activities to fall by the wayside. Independent living is an “up and coming” commodity seniors are taking advantage of. It’s a maintenance- free apartment style living where you can be as independent as you’d like or there’s additional services provided - meals, housekeeping, transportation, and access to social activities. The cost of Independent living is going to range from community to community, but typically will be the cheapest care level. The key is understanding what services are included with the monthly rent – all communities vary.
Assisted living provides more assistance with a loved one’s activities of daily living - cooking, cleaning, bathing, medicine management, cueing (safety, time management, and orientation), dressing, and ambulation. The apartments range in different sizes – from studio style up to 2 bedrooms in some senior living communities. You will likely pay a base room rate plus an additional care level charge which is based on the assistance your loved one is needing. Some Long Term Care insurance policies may also help pay for a portion of assisted living stays, so be sure to check into your policy, if applicable.
Long Term Care
Long Term Care is 24/7 medical assistance and assistance with activities of daily living - ambulation, dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, transfers and any medical assistance that may. Typically residents who’ve graduated to this care level need help with a chronic illness or disability that’s inhibiting them to complete their activities of daily living. Residents will likely have a call light they can push anytime for additional support. This is going to be the most expensive type of care, but when you look at everything that’s entailed in caring for your loved one and ensuring their utmost safety, this type of care is priceless.
Memory care is a specific type of long-term, intensive, care that specializes in Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory problems. From the certified staff to the layout of the community, its intricate design provides a safe and engaging environment to assist these residents with their activities of daily living.
Continuum of Care
Change can be very difficult, therefore, many companies are beginning to offer a full continuum of care to help make transitions easier and effective. This means your loved one walks the stages of care all within the same room, building, and/or under the same company umbrella - something else to ponder when beginning your journey.
Now that you have an understanding on the levels of care, begin looking for communities that spark your interest. As mentioned, they have professionals who will guide you in determining the best situation for you and your loved one so take a load off your shoulders and reach out . Legacy Lodge offers various care levels so please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our campuses for more information. We are here to help your loved one celebrate life in the environments we create. We understand this is part of your loved one’s journey and we are committed to making it the best.
If you are reading this blog and want to begin having conversations with your loved one about their future wishes, check out our “The Talk” blog for some tips!