As some seniors age, their care needs will change over time. While many start their later years fully capable of living independently at home, there may come a time when different levels of care assistance will be necessary.
In recognition of National Long Term Care Awareness Month in November, we will look at common long term care options that exist for seniors, and how these care models can be seen in the context of a timeline.
Full Independence at Home
Many people start their senior years completely independent and able to fully function and care for themselves in their own home. They do not require any assistance with daily tasks around the house, such as grocery shopping, bill paying, or any other activities. At this stage, family members do not have to intervene to help their loved one, as they are self-sufficient.
Independence at Home with Assistance
There may come a time for a senior when they are still able to live at home, but require assistance from family members with certain tasks. If an older loved one becomes unsteady on their feet, they might ask family members to install safety bars in the bathroom, or at the top of the stairs.
Should driving become an issue, family members can go grocery shopping for their loved one, or take them to doctor appointments. The amount and type of assistance will vary, dependent on each individual’s needs.
Moving in with Family Members
In time, a loved one may require more assistance than can be provided in their own home. Many adult children invite their mom or dad to live with them, so care can be provided more sufficiently, and conveniently for everyone involved.
This usually happens when a loved one can no longer manage certain tasks themselves, including meal preparation, laundry, or taking medication.
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Residing in An Assisted Living Community
For some seniors, the time comes when it is best to transition to an Assisted Living community. A key indicator for the need of this level of care is when a person requires assistance with what are known as the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). ADLs include eating, bathing, using the washroom, dressing, and moving about.
Once a senior needs regular assistance with the Activities of Daily Living, it becomes extremely difficult for family members to provide care at home.
Assisted Living communities provide round the clock, top quality care for residents, and gives them the opportunity to make new friends, and engage in a wide variety of fulfilling activities.
If a loved one begins to experience a decline in their cognitive abilities, a Memory Care community is a great option for their continued care.
Memory Care communities specialize in caring for residents who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia. Specially trained staff are always available to meet the physical and emotional needs of Memory Care residents.
These communities also put great emphasis on helping residents engage in meaningful activities which bring meaning and fulfillment to their lives.
Frontier Senior Living is Here to Help
Many seniors are fortunate to have loving family members who care for them at home. When those care needs change, and require professional help, residing in a Senior Living community is a wonderful choice.
The compassionate and friendly staff at Frontier Senior Living has helped many families find the perfect senior living community to meet their loved one’s unique needs.
If you would like to learn more about our services, we cordially invite you to visit one of our beautiful communities and take a tour.