senior-living-optionsWhen it comes to senior care options, there are a wide variety to choose from. Immediate thoughts about elderly care communities focus on location, cost, and size. Before you focus on these items, let’s take a look at the different senior care options that are available and the types of services they offer. We will focus on helping you choose between aging in place home care, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.

Aging In Place

Most seniors will tell you that they want to age in place. In other words, they want to stay in their own home. While this senior care option is the most popular in theory, it comes with a lot of challenges.

Inevitably, extra care and help will be needed. Will family be available to help with chores, shopping, socialization, and doctor appointments? If family or friends are unable to dedicate the amount of time this may require, a home care agency or health aide may be necessary. This option can be quite expensive, especially if 24-hour care is needed. While home care may be the preferable option, it is not always the practical solution.

Aging in place can also lead to isolation and loneliness for seniors who live alone. Neighbors and friends may not be able to visit as often as they used to. Lack of social engagement can lead to depression and other health problems.

Assisted Living Facilities

Another senior care option is assisted living homes. These senior living environments are designed to feel like home but have the benefit of having help available to residents. These facilities focus on assisting with the activities of daily living (ADL’s). ADLs are bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, and transferring. In an assisted living home, residents have access to as much or as little assistance as necessary. Seniors are living independently but have the help they need.

Before being accepted to an assisted living facility, an assessment will be completed to determine the level of care needed. This care level will be scored on 1-5 scale. A level 1 resident requires less assistance, and a level 5 requires the most assistance. Some facilities will increase your monthly cost as your level of care changes. Be sure to ask about this when interviewing facilities.

Assisted living homes usually offer housekeeping services, laundry, meal service, and medication assistance. Access to in-house doctors or transportation services for appointments may also be included.

Group activities to promote socialization are generally offered. Many assisted living communities have an on-site Activities Coordinator. Activities range from day trips to area attractions, exercise classes, musical entertainment, and fun and games. Socialization is an important part of staying happy and healthy as we age.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are another senior living option. They are designed for those that need around the clock care. Seniors in nursing homes, generally have more complex health conditions and require skilled nursing care. Nursing homes are sometimes referred to as skilled nursing facilities. Due to the level of care needed, nursing homes are generally more expensive than assisted living facilities. Fees may change as the level of care changes.

While nursing homes offer housekeeping, laundry, and meal services, they generally do not focus on recreational and social activities.

Kenwood Care Assisted Living

At Kenwood Care, our assisted living homes are designed to offer the full spectrum of services. Kenwood offers home-cooked meals and ample opportunities for socialization. Our services are designed to grow with you. As your medical needs change, our services will grow with you at no additional cost.

If assisted living is the right place for you, be sure to read our blog on “Choosing An Assisted Living Home That Grows With Your Needs.”

Our small, residential homes offer the comfort of home and the care you need. Contact us today to schedule a tour of one of our 4 beautiful Howard County Maryland locations. Pine Hill and Maple Hill are in the Laurel area, Glen Hill is in Dayton, and Autumn Hill is in Fulton.

We are available to answer all your questions and help guide you in the journey to find the senior living option that is right for you.

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