As we age, some things naturally become harder to do on our own. We may begin to consider living care alternatives when it becomes difficult to perform daily living tasks without significant support from others. Some of these challenges may include loss of vision, poor balance, memory loss or forgetfulness, fatigue, loneliness, or dementia. Determining what type of day-to-day adult care living situation is best for you can be daunting, but it can be made easier by understanding your options.

Assisted living residences are housing facilities that provide daily care for the elderly. They provide eldercare supervision or assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of services by outside health care providers, and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety and well-being. They fall somewhere between an independent living or retirement home and a skilled nursing facility when it comes to the level of care provided.

We all want to maintain our independence and stay in control of where and how we live, and although an assisted living facility may be the best option, there are other elder care living alternatives.

In-Home Senior Care options include:

  • Private Duty Care: Provides non-medical care and assistance with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, bathing, grooming, dressing, transportation and light housekeeping. This can include Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
  • Skilled Home Health Care: Care given by nurses, occupational, speech or physical therapists.
  • Respite Care: Provides temporary relief to caregivers and those who are caring for family members.
  • Hospice Care: Can be given in a patient’s home, including residence in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. Patients must have a terminal diagnosis.

Senior Living alternatives include:

  • Active Adult Communities: Condos, 55+, mobile home parks, apartment or single-family homes. No services or amenities provided.
  • Independent Living/Senior Retirement Communities: Meals, housekeeping, transportation, and activities are included in the monthly fee. Services and assistance available onsite as your needs increase.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Usually requires a “buy-in” fee, promotes “aging in place” and offer independent, skilled nursing and memory care. They guarantee that you can remain on the campus for the rest of your life.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF): Offer short-term, sub-acute rehabilitation and long-term nursing care.

 

Every option comes with many considerations, including knowing what to look for when touring or inquiring about a facility, preparing your home for in-home care, and evaluating your payment options (Medicare, Medicaid, Long-Term Care Insurance, Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefits), especially when living on a limited income.

Why Seniors Should Not Live Alone

If you still want to live at home, you need to understand the risks. It is unhealthy to stay at home if you don’t have the support you need because this represents a major risk to your safety. If you can manage to stay at home safely and independently, you should, but if your health declines, you need to reconsider your options.

Many older adults are healthy but can no longer live alone safely. A house that might have been fine at one point can become too much to take care of and be filled with dangerous obstacles including staircases, slippery tile, and tall shelving. Large yards with uneven terrain, poorly lit rooms and small bathrooms can also present challenges. As people age, falling down can be extremely dangerous because they are at a high risk for bone fractures due to progressive loss of bone mass. They are also more likely to fall due to poor balance and loss of vision. If you choose to live at home alone, having fall prevention measures in place is critical.

As we grow older, we all experience the loss of friends and loved ones. Such losses can lead to withdrawal from social life. Potentially, it can also lead to lapses in self-care and hygiene. When you can no longer take care of your hygiene and start withdrawing socially, living alone is no longer your best option.

Health problems can also make it hard to live alone. If a loved one is experiencing a disability or a disease, the quality of life and ability to live independently are jeopardized. Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can also be a factor for your loved one at any age.

Sometimes, as you age, you simply do not feel comfortable living alone anymore. Common signs of this can include night fright, depression, and feelings of isolation. When you include the health risks, personal losses, and the inability to maintain a household and its finances, and it is probably time to change your living arrangement.

At Senior Partner In-Home Care, we have been providing clients in the Central Florida region with a reliable and affordable source of high-quality, non-medical home care and understand how to assist seniors with daily living activities. Our team is here to support any assisted living questions or needs you may have.

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Senior Partner In-Home Care is locally owned and operated and has helped thousands of Central Florida seniors live safely and independently at home for over 16 years. Care is available wherever the client is residing 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is surprisingly affordable, with no extra charge for nights or weekends. It is licensed by the state of Florida and has been providing a better quality of life for seniors in Brevard, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties since 1998. Call 800.878.1928 for more information.