Understanding Senior Care Levels: A Guide to Available Options

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When it comes to senior living, knowing how to choose the level of care can feel like an overwhelming task. Learn more about the available senior care options and what they mean for your or your loved one!

Understanding Senior Care Levels: Learn the Available Options

Selecting a senior living community for you or a loved one can feel like an overwhelming task. To make that process a bit easier, here’s a look at the various levels of senior care available, including independent living, assisted living, respite care, memory care and skilled nursing facilities. 

Independent Living

Independent living apartments give residents a nice, private, comfortable new place to call home. These communities place a strong emphasis on social activities, wellness initiatives, and dining experiences for seniors to enjoy. Independent living is a good fit for anyone ready to exchange endless homeowner responsibilities for a fun-filled and relaxing lifestyle amongst peers.  

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a popular option for seniors who require some assistance with daily activities, but still want to maintain their independence. The staff provides residents with various as-needed services, including medication management, personal care, and transportation. These supportive communities are also buzzing with social and recreational activities so residents can thrive.

Respite Care

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, almost 1 in 5 Americans are providing unpaid care to adults. Respite care is a flexible, short-term care option to provide primary caregivers with a much-needed break. The adaptable scheduling and experienced staff members make this a dependable support option so caregivers can accomplish their own personal responsibilities or even simply recharge.

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Memory Care: 

Memory care communities are designed to provide specialized care and support for individuals with memory loss, particularly those with Alzheimer's or dementia. According to The National Institute on Aging, seniors with dementia can benefit from participating in creative activities like dancing. Memory care gives seniors access to engaging activities and therapies built to slow memory loss progression and stimulate cognitive function. With around-the-clock support and specially trained staff, memory care fosters a warm, comforting, and safe environment. 

Skilled Nursing communities 

Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, often provide the highest level of care as they are designed for residents with advanced health needs. Doctors monitor patient care, skilled nurses are always on site, and physical and occupational therapists are available on campus. The staff assist seniors with many daily activities, including getting dressed, bathing, and eating. With experienced professionals consistently on campus and intentionally designed spaces, residents are able to make the most of each day, minimizing risk and receiving the care support they need. 

Some senior living communities may provide one level of care, while others may offer a full spectrum of care options on the same campus. Potential residents should consider their interests, current and future care needs, and what option is the best fit.

Understanding the different levels of senior care, allows potential residents and their families to find the right space with the right level of care for them to thrive. Chapters Living takes a holistic approach to assisted living and memory care to provide personalized support for individuals.

Senior living professionals want to help seniors find the right level of care or independence to best support each individual’s wellbeing. Sometimes starting a conversation with any senior living community is the right first step to understanding the care you or your loved one needs.

Our close-knit communities promote well-being, safety, and happiness. Call one of our assisted living or memory care communities today for personalized advice!  

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