Today’s Transitions offers exclusive directories of local caregiving communities, home health care, and retirement communities for you and your loved ones.
Day care programs are for monitoring adults for safety reasons and/or those who need nursing care, treatments, incontinence care, and other health services. There are medical Adult Day Care facilities which must be licensed. Adult Day Care facilities that are social cannot provide nursing care. Some offer pickup and delivery.
An Aging-in-Place community offers several levels of care on one campus. A resident could move into a retirement facility or assisted living facility, then utilize higher levels of nursing care when needed through personal care or nursing./rehab care. A resident’s room might change, but not his or her address.
Alzheimer’s care facilities provide service at different levels, from assisted living to the skilled care of nursing/rehab. Some facilities accept Alzheimer’s patients into their general care, and others have separate units designed to meet the specific needs of patients with this disease.
Assisted living offers minimal assistance in care, such as providing meals, helping with baths, and offering reminders to take medications. While some residents drive, scheduled transportation may be provided. Daily activities are organized, and there is around-the-clock supervision. No health care is provided, and these facilities are not licensed, but certification is required.
Home Health Care (medical) is a licensed level of care that provides nursing care and personal care, and requires a doctor’s prescription. Non-medical Home Care providers can assist with medication reminders, provide limited personal care, prepare light meals and tidy homes, and may offer transportation or errand services.
Retirement communities are for those who are totally independent. Special services are provided, such as meals in a central dining area. Most people drive, but some transportation is usually offered. These communities offer no health care services and are not required to be licensed or certified.
Nursing homes are facilities that provide beds for around-the-clock intermediate, skilled, and/or rehabilitative care.
Personal Care offers residents minimal assistance for bathing, grooming, toileting, and dressing. The resident must be able to move around (even if in a wheelchair or scooter). Some health care is provided and medications are given. These facilities are licensed.
Do you need advice for what to look for in a caregiving facility or tips on how to better take care of yourself or your loved one? Learn more by reading our articles on elderly caregiving here.