The tough decisions do not stop once you have decided that a nursing home is the right choice for your loved one. The next step is to decide what kind of nursing home is the best setup for your family’s specific needs. The first thing to understand in this process is that there are many different types of nursing homes.
Independent Living Communities
These types of communities are the most relaxed type of program for the older generation. Within these communities, residents have their own place to live, ranging from apartments, to condos, to houses. They have full command over what they do with their days and they still continue to act in a way that they would have when they were living on their own. However, this is a community of people that are all at the same stage of life. In order to reside in an area like this, you must be above a certain age and have the ability to live independently. Living independently means that you do not have any medical complications that require prolonged care. Residents must be able to take proper care of themselves on a daily basis to live in an independent living community.
Congregate housing, which is also referred to as assisted living facilities, are for adults who can function on their own, but need more frequent help and assistance than those that are living in independent living communities. Residents still have their own personal living space, usually an apartment, and they are free to spend their days in a way that they would like. These apartments, however, are equipped with certain medical equipment, depending on the needs of the resident. These facilities usually also include dining rooms and exercise rooms, and each resident always has a nurse who is on call. In our opinion, congregate housing is the best option for older adults who are still very high functioning, but just need a little extra help with medical conditions and/or day-to-day activity.
Continuing Care Communities
This type of residency is a combination of both congregate housing and independent living communities. The goal of these facilities is to make sure that the resident is living independently as long as they can before switching into a more assisted routine. These communities have almost everything that the resident may need in order to live a healthy and full life. Usually there are bank facilities, hair stylists, doctors, laundromats, and any other services that the person may need so that they do not need to feel the pressure or anxiety about leaving the community.
The three types of facilities and communities listed above only begin to scratch the service of the types of care that are available for the elderly. The term “nursing home” is a very general term, as are the divisions listed above. In order to find the right situation for your loved one and your family, it is best to look at all of the different types of options.
If you have any further questions regarding the different types of nursing homes, or anything else surrounding your family’s situation, do not hesitate to contact an experienced nursing home negligence attorney at Finney Law Office, LLC today.
Continue exploring this guide:
- Nursing Home Guide Negligence
- Preparing Your Loved One for This Transition
- Keeping an Eye Out For Abusive Behaviors
- What to Do If You Suspect Abuse or Negligence
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