Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia can be devastating for both the senior and their family. However, the senior care industry has changed significantly over the past decade, giving plenty of nursing home alternatives when it comes to long term care plans. But how can you choose which option is best for your and your loved one? Here is a quick breakdown of nursing home alternatives that are available to you.
Do you stress yourself out wondering whether your elderly mother will leave a pot on the stove overnight or run into another car on the way to the grocery store? These are not idle concerns if you are the child of an aging parent who lives alone and shows signs of mental or physical decline.
Long gone are the days when a nursing home was the only choice for an elderly parent no longer able to live at home. These days there is an array of senior living options on hand, including one alternative to nursing care that we take a closer look at: the residential care facility.
Any discussion of nursing home alternatives needs to begin with a clear understanding of what we mean when we refer to a nursing home. While the term “nursing home” is antiquated and not used at all throughout the senior living industry any longer, many people outside of senior care still think of any long-term senior housing as a nursing home. Nowadays, we are lucky enough to have a vast array of senior living options that range from in-home, non-medical assistance to 24-hour care within skilled nursing communities. Having a variety of options to choose from means that no senior housing community needs to be one-size-fits-all; instead, seniors can now choose a living situation that best suits their medical needs, personal preferences, and individual situations.
If you or your loved one require short-term or long-term care with extensive access to medical professionals and clinicians, a skilled nursing community might be for you. While skilled nursing communities do share the below characteristics, it is still important for you to tour a few communities before you make your housing decision. Every community has a different “feel” and culture - a tour will help you determine if your loved one will enjoy her time there.