Shirley has more than 25 of years experience in health care, including long term care facility administration. Prior to joining The Arbor Company more than ten years ago, she served in key marketing positions for national rehabilitation services and senior living companies.
Caring for an aging parent or loved one can be overwhelming and exhausting. If you find yourself in a caregiver type of role, whether living with your aging loved one or coordinating care from afar, well timed respite care can be a welcome relief for everyone involved. In fact, it can be one of the best and most important things that families can do to reduce stress and improve relationships.
Senior respite care can also be a good choice for independent seniors who will only need temporary help for reasons such as a recent illness or surgery that requires rehab care. In these situations, rehab from people who specialize in geriatric care can be a better choice for seniors than a one-size-fits-all solution that may be available at a traditional physical rehab clinic.
Slowly but surely, seniors all over the country are realizing that the days of “the dreaded nursing home” are long gone. Indeed, senior living communities stand today in stark contrast from decades ago. Senior communities today are not your parents’ nursing home.
These communities are vibrant places full of seniors who find themselves as neighbors, volunteers, helpers, explorers, learners, and fine diners. Seniors are treated to a lifestyle that keeps them active and healthy, focused on preventative care and overall wellness. Fall in love with the wide variety communities avilable - from independent living to skilled nursing - by checking out just a few of the reasons why we love senior living!
Choosing an assisted living community is one of the most critical decisions a family can make, given that the wrong choice could have far-reaching ramifications for your parent or other elderly loved one. In this blog post we try to shed a little light on some of the pitfalls families fall into when looking for senior living and provide some resources for families who are concerned with making the best possible choice.
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.
After years of living in a beloved home, making the decision to downsize can be emotionally difficult to say the least, but once a senior is ready to relocate, there’s yet one other crucial choice to make—namely, where to go. Although there are various housing options, two of the most popular ones for older adults are independent living and assisted living communities.
So what are the difference and how can you understand them?