When it comes to senior care, there are only a few main types. However, the difficulty is that there are an almost endless subtypes of care within these larger categories. The whole process can be quite overwhelming for families, especially if you are new to the whole process.
That’s where a professional care service can step in. A professional is able to help give you better advice and guidance when it comes to making the best choice possible for the people that you love. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of the main types of senior care that exist, and what the differences are. Hopefully, this can help to give you a general impression of what you’re looking for out of senior care for your family so that your search will not be quite as daunting.
This is what most think of when they hear “senior care.” At a nursing home, there are many caregivers and technicians, along with at least one medical professional. Depending on the size of the nursing home, there may be rehabilitation services, religious professionals, hair stylists, and more. It all depends on where you are located and the individual nursing home that you are thinking about. Some are publicly run, while some others may be privately run.
When a Nursing Home is Good
A nursing home can be a great choice for a loved one if they have pressing medical needs that must be addressed or monitored on a regular basis.
When a Nursing Home is Bad
A nursing home might not be the right choice if your loved one has no major medical needs and is independent.
Assisted Living Facility
An assisted living facility is a home for senior citizens. There is no regular medical professional on staff, but there are several caregivers present. These can range in size just like a nursing home. Because these do not have medical staff, they are typically privately run.
When Assisted Living is Good
An assisted living facility is a great choice for a senior that has physical needs that require assistance. Assisted living also gives seniors an opportunity to live with and spend more time with people their own age.
When Assisted Living is Bad
An assisted living facility might be the wrong choice for a senior if they want to stay in their own home, have major medical needs that require a professional’s help, or if they do not want to meet new people.
In-home care is established when a caregiver comes to the home of an elderly individual and gives them non-medical assistance within their own home.
When In-Home Care is Good
In-home care is ideal for people who need a little bit of physical help or want company from a caregiver, yet still want to maintain the independence and freedom that comes with living in their own home.
When In-Home Care is Bad
In-home care might be wrong for someone who has advanced medical needs or who thrives on the company of many other people, especially their peers.