Elderly Caregiving Facilities

When you first engage in the world of trying to find senior care, you find that if you’re looking for elderly caregiving facilities, that there are different names for the same type of facility, or, names and terms that you’ve never heard of.  You may easily get confused when you hear about an old folks home vs. rest home vs. convalescent home vs. a health center.  Do you know the difference between a Rehabilitation center or a home for the aged, or a living center vs. a nursing center vs. a care center?

Nursing homes all offer similar services, but some may even provide hospice services or other special accommodations for treating Alzheimer’s or dementia, which is sometimes referred to as memory care.  In many cases, the nursing facility becomes a home – but not always.  Many of the elderly receive rehabilitation at their nursing home after surgery or stroke during a brief stay, and then return home.

Special care wings in nursing homes and assisted living facilities or freestanding homes for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers, are increasingly available.  When evaluating these types of facilities, look for a high staff-to-resident ration (one staff member for every 4-5 residents), as you should also know that since labor is the highest cost center of any facility, that the better the staff to resident ratio, usually the higher the cost of elderly caregiving.

So, getting back to the many kind of elderly care facilities, the following should be a good primer to help you understand the options, and be able to quickly get you on your way:

Adult Day Care Centers:  These provide day care services out of the home, including social, nutrition, nursing & some rehabilitation.  Getting to & from these care facilities requires transportation, and some may even provide shuttle service back & forth to the person’s home.

Retirement Home, Senior Living, Independent Living or Senior Community — these are also sometimes known as Congregate Living!  Regardless of the exact moniker, they each provide independent living for seniors in good health who want independence and proximity to others nearby.  Often amenities such as meals, transportation, and social activities are included in a monthly association fee.  For people who are physically mobile and mentally competent.

Assisted Living or Assisted Living facilities, provide a combination of housing, personalized support services & health care designed for those needing help with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, medication dispensing and incontinence care.

Nursing Homes, Rehab or Skilled Nursing Facilities – these provide care for those who are unable to care for themselves.  Often times the elderly one cared for has severe health or mental problems, which demand convalescent and/or restorative services.  Includes the ‘sub-category’ of Intermediate Care Facility (ICF). Some facilities also provide additional care wings or services for those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, etc.

Alzheimer’s Care Facilities, Dementia Care or Memory Care Facility – each offers individualized and specialized programs for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related forms of severe memory loss.  Often times, Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facilities will offer these programs as well, or have physically separate wings of the facility devoted to caring for those afflicted.

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One Comment

  1. Dave Anderson
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    My father is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s and we are thinking of putting him in a nursing home. I like that most nursing homes also provide hospice services because that is what my father would need. I would love to take care of him, but it is just too much on my family, so we will be looking for a good nursing home for him.

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