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By: David Lohmann on March 19th, 2019

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What are the Different Types of Eldercare?

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Are you looking for different types of eldercare for your senior loved one? No two seniors have the same care needs, so there is a wide range of care options to choose from, each one designed to meet a different set of care preferences.

Learn more about some of the most popular types of eldercare, and learn which option is best for your senior loved one.

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The Different Types of Eldercare

In-Home Care

In-home care is an ideal option for seniors who need support, yet don’t want to leave their homes to move into an assisted living community or nursing home. In-home care is provided by a skilled healthcare worker or a family member. These caregivers provide a number of services like performing homemaking tasks, assisting with grooming or bathing, and practically anything else a senior needs assistance with.

You can find caregivers for your senior loved one through referrals, agencies, or even convenient apps like CaringOnDemand. CaringOnDemand connects seniors with caregivers in their area. This allows you to schedule care at any time and receive a prompt visit. This also provides you with a care-by-the-minute pricing structure, so you only pay for the amount of care you receive, down to the minute.

Adult Day Care

Adult day care was designed for families who may not be able to provide care during the day, but can do so at night. In addition, it’s perfect for seniors who want a little socialization during the day when their family members are at work.

This option allows seniors to stay entertained, while having adequate supervision to keep them safe. They also get healthy meals and snacks, so you don’t need to worry about how well they’re eating when they’re home alone. Depending on your reasons for seeking out an adult day care facility, you can find ones that are more activity and entertainment based, and others that place a greater focus on care.

Respite Care

Caring for your senior loved one requires time and energy. If you are the primary caregiver or you’re paying a professional for daily care, you should consider respite care. This break for the primary caregiver can be a few hours or even a few days. Your senior loved one can stay either in a home or an assisted living community. Whether you need to go on a trip for work or just need the chance to run errands, respite care is a perfect short-term option.

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Independent Living Facilities

Independent living communities provide the amenities of assisted living for seniors who are still mobile enough to live independent lifestyles. In these communities, seniors have their own apartments and can come and go as they please. However, they have access to key services that make life easier, like laundry services, prepared meals, and emergency assistance if needed. They also have access to fun activities and socialization.

This type of eldercare allows seniors to strike a balance between living independently and living safely. Someone is always available in the event of a fall or illness. Moving into one of these communities likely means that your loved one will have to downsize in terms of possessions and furniture, so that’s a factor to consider.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living communities allow seniors to have a level of independence while still providing the support they need to manage the daily activities, like bathing or getting dressed. Similar to independent living communities, seniors have access to a number of amenities. The only difference is the level of care that seniors require.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide the highest levels of care, similar to the care seniors receive in a hospital. This type of eldercare is ideal for seniors who are no longer able to care for themselves, or are recovering from an illness of injury. In nursing homes, seniors receive around-the-clock skilled nursing and custodial care.

In terms of care and cost, nursing homes are generally best suited for seniors who need ongoing, high-level medical care. Nursing homes are among the most expensive types of eldercare due to the amount of care seniors receive.

Continuum of Care Facilities

A senior’s care needs today may not be the same as their care needs for tomorrow. That’s why this care option is beneficial for seniors with an increasing need for care. In continuum of care facilities, residents receive the exact level of care they need, and they are monitored for new developments that could impact their dependency. Seniors on every level of the care spectrum can receive the right care, ranging from independent living options to skilled nursing services, depending on your loved one’s needs.

The benefit of choosing a continuum of care facility is that your loved one won’t have to make a big move if there’s a drastic change in their health or care needs. The community they already live in can accommodate their needs as they shift over time.

Companion Care

Companion care is best for seniors who may have few health issues, but want socialization and human interaction each day. You never want your senior loved one to feel isolated or alone. This could negatively impact their emotional, mental, and physical health. With in-person or virtual companion care, your loved one has someone to interact with on a regular basis, ensuring they aren’t bored or lonely.

Each of these types of eldercare is best for a different level of senior care needs. Which one fits your loved one’s level of care? Which one would make them the most comfortable – making a big move to a community or staying in their own home to receive quality care? Consider all of your options carefully, and choose the one with which you and your senior loved one are most comfortable.

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