My Loved One Needs More Care: Long Term Care Options
â€¦ partÂ 3 of this 4-part series -
Research what types of facilities are offered in your area.Â Some may be smaller group homes, while others have a resort feel to them.Â Find out what services are offered and what Nursing home levels of care are available.
For example, Sunshine Gardens Senior Community offers independent and assisted living.Â If residents need additional services, the sister facility called the Country Home, offers more care.Â Many independent and assisted living facilities provide 24 hour oversight, offer meals, activities, and services.
However, make sure they include nursing care.Â Home health agencies may be used to again fill the gaps by providing some nursing care and physical therapy. Independent and assisted living options vary between each facility.Â Some independent facilities offer only meal options and services such as house keeping and laundry; others, including Sunshine Gardens Senior Community in Durango, Colorado, offer bathing, dressing, and medication assistance.
It is important to research the amenities and services offered at each respective facility.Â Find out what is important to your loved-one and what needs they have.Â Match the facility with the best overall fit for your loved-one.
If your loved-one still requires more care, extended assisted living may be the best choice for them.Â If your interested in a local facility, consider Durangoâ€™s Country Home that is tailored to meet the needs of those with increasing dementia, Alzheimerâ€™s disease, Parkinsonâ€™s disease, or may need help transferring, feeding, or grooming.Â Other services include toileting schedules, hydration stations, and blood pressure/oxygen checks.
Nursing care is not available at this stage of senior care.Â If home health agencies, in conjunction with the assisted living facility, are unable to provide the additional services, they most likely need a nursing facility.