Senior Living Options
Understanding Senior Living Options
If you've decided that living alone is no longer safe or satisfying for yourself or a loved one, you can now select from more senior care options than prior generations. You might pay a contractor to make a home safer, or hire companion care to manage the challenges of day-to-day living. Or both.
You may also want to consider the benefits of a senior living community. If you do, you'll want to pay specific attention to current and future needs. Do you or a loved one want or need:
- A senior living community near home, or near that of a friend or family member?
- Family involvement, like social nights and special gatherings?
- Proximity to a favorite store or place of worship?
- Special care for an acute illness or chronic condition?
Some seniors choose independent living communities when they do not require care or wish to continue living alone, but want to develop social connections in a larger community. Residents enjoy the benefits of living in their own home without the burden of maintenance or upkeep and have access to amenities like dining and activities.
On the other end of the spectrum, skilled nursing facilities are for those older adults who need care around the clock. The skilled staff is well equipped to handle a senior's medical and personal care needs. Residents usually move into skilled nursing facilities after a recent hospitalization, if they're suffering declining health or loss of mobility or have needs that are too challenging for an assisted living community.
Read more about the difference between skilled nursing and assisted living from Enlivant.
Assisted living communities strike the balance for many seniors by offering a moderate level of support for seniors who need help caring for themselves or their homes. Assisted living is best suited for people who do not require constant care, but need help with daily living tasks such as bathing and meal preparation. It also offers services like housekeeping and maintenance. Read these additional reasons why seniors choose assisted living and ask these questions to help determine if it's the right option for your family.
Need More Help?
It isn't always easy to know which level of care is right for a loved one. We can help. Call Enlivant at 1-888-252-5001 to schedule a free home care and safety visit. One of our trained nurses can visit and personally guide you and your family through the issues, and recommend a level of care all at no cost.