When it comes time to move a loved one from their own home into a group facility – or if you are considering the move for yourself – the options may seem a bit confusing. Depending on how independent the individual is, how much medical care they will need, or the length of time they will need care, there are various types of residences which could be appropriate. In order to help you to quickly assess which adult living option is right for you or your family, we’ve assembled a quick guide to explain your choices.
Keep in mind that many facilities offer several of these options on the same campus, which allows an individual to move easily from one phase of life to the next – without having to plan a major move.
Adult Living Residence: If a senior citizen is healthy and active but simply doesn’t feel comfortable living alone, an adult residence is a great choice. These facilities are essentially apartment complexes for seniors, which provide meal options and onsite staff should there be an emergency or issue which needs addressing. Most will provide recreational and social opportunities as well.
Assisted Living Facility: Assisted living becomes necessary when an individual is still semi-independent, but may have some needs which require supervision or assistance. These facilities most often offer comprehensive meal plans, manage medications for the individual and provide needed transportation for doctors visits or shopping excursions. Assisted living facilities typically have levels of support. When a senior first enters the facility, they are evaluated and placed into the right tier of care for their current situation, but generally can stay in their same room should a more intensive level of care become necessary. Assisted living facilities are dedicated to maintaining optimum health and wellness for their residents, so will provide social interaction, activities, exercise classes, educational opportunities, and more.
Individuals in assisted living may have some physical or mental challenges, but overall are independent most of the day and may only need minimal assistance throughout the day or evening, including bathing, dressing, or taking medications.
Memory Care Center: A senior who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia has specific needs which require more specific care. A memory care center has professionals, programs and services designed specifically for this type of patient. The staff will be trained to handle the specialized needs of dementia patients, from patient care to helping families to cope with the situation. There may be instances when a patient can move from assisted living to memory care (such as at A Banyan Residence) when the situation dictates a different level of care is necessary.
Respite Care: This type of temporary care is designed to benefit caregivers. Respite programs offer planned short-term breaks for family members caring for adults, and help to maintain the primary care relationship. Respite gives caregivers a much-needed break, and is a positive break for the patient as well. A stressed out or exhausted caregiver needs the respite to maintain their own temperament and composure.
Fast Fact: A Banyan Residence offers assisted living, memory care and respite care options for Venice area residents.
If you need help making the choice as to the best adult living option for you or a loved one, call A Banyan Residence today. We will be happy to set up a tour and consultation to determine the best place for the next phase of life.