When you’re considering the benefits of a shared community of senior adults, it’s important to know what options are available to you, as well as the differences between them. Types of senior living care often come to three levels of support: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. While Independent and Assisted Living options are the most similar, here’s what defines each:
For active seniors 55 and older who are simply over the stress and/or complications that accompany homeownership, Independent Living is the ideal option so they can solely focus on what they enjoy in life. While still experiencing a vibrant social life and exciting new experiences, they can leave behind the upkeep of chores at home in exchange for unbounded opportunities for connection and activity. Most Independent Living lifestyles include fitness areas, entertainment rooms, arts and crafts, recreational activities and a variety of meal options in the context of private apartments or condos in the context community.
Because needs are ever-changing, lifestyle shifts are also inevitable and why most communities offer the support of Assisted Living care. This service type is most ideal for senior adults who may not need intensive medical or nursing care, but would greatly benefit from help with daily activities like dressing, bathing, eating, using the restroom and medication management. The support seniors receive in Assisted Living is enough to offer peace of mind to loved ones that seniors are safe and regularly monitored while ensuring residents maintain as much independence as possible in the presence of opportunity, dignity and respect.
For those facing memory issues, Alzheimer’s and any stage of dementia, Memory Care is the true haven for specialized care. Care becomes increasingly challenging for those with impaired cognition. As physical, emotional and mental dimensions of wellness are impacted, loved ones are faced with constant changes to daily life that make focusing on just being there for their family increasingly difficult. Most of the time, symptoms are progressive, often getting worse. In a Memory Care environment, dedicated staff take the stress off families, getting to know and working with each resident as valued individuals, to give them the unique, expert care they deserve. This level of support often combines the regular efforts of medical professionals and certified dementia practitioners to keep living as comfortable and enjoyable for residents for as long as possible.
Have a question about the right care option for you or a loved one? Call your local Aventine Senior Living community today and we’d love to talk more!