My Parent Needs Help—Understanding Your Senior Care Options

As your parents age, chances are you’ve started to notice changes in them. Some more grey hair…they aren’t as quick with the grandkids as they used to be–not much to worry about.

But, what happens when you begin to notice signs of aging aside from your loved one’s general appearance? Things like…

  • Memory loss.
  • Slowed mobility.
  • The inability to drive, grocery shop, or go to the bank.
  • Lack of socialization.
  • Health issues that aren’t being dealt with.

If you’re concerned about one or more of the items on the above list, chances are your mom or dad’s quality of life is beginning to decline.

And this realization may spur you to consider what type of retirement care is best for your loved one. The good news is that there are various senior care options–from independent living and assisted living to memory care and skilled nursing care–available. And each type of care can be specifically tailored for the unique needs of your loved one.

What type of care is right for your parent? Keep reading to find out…

Independent Living Senior Care Options

Independent living is a great option for seniors who enjoy having their freedom and are capable of living on their own.

Our independent living communities at The Claiborne offer several floor plan options–from studio apartments to 1-and 2-bedroom suites–so mom or dad can pick a living space that meets his or her needs.

At our independent living community, mom can enjoy living on her own terms while enjoying the luxury of living in a maintenance-free community or dad can enjoy socializing with friends once again.

That’s right.

No yard work. The opportunity to enjoy gourmet meals crafted by experienced chefs. The ability to partake in a variety of free activities geared to all types of interests. And so much more!

The best part…

You can rest assured knowing that your parent(s) will be safe and looked out for in a community that is staffed with friendly, qualified, and kind medical staff and other professionals.

Key signs that Independent Living is the right senior care option for your loved one:

  • Your parent is vibrant and full of life, but may need occasional help with things like driving or preparing healthy meals.
  • Your parent is living in a house that is too much work to take care of and needs to downsize his/her living space.
  • Your parent is socially isolated and would enjoy more opportunities to make friends and enjoy activities with people his/her own age.

Assisted Living Senior Care Options

Assisted living is very similar to independent living. However, in an assisted living environment, your loved one is provided with additional care options to ensure he/she is safe and can live life to the fullest.

Additional care options may include…

  • Assistance with showering, getting dressed, or other hygiene-related care.
  • Help with moving between activities, getting to dinner, going on outings, etc.
  • Daily reminders to take medications.

Assisted living residents are encouraged to live as independently as possible.

In most communities, like our assisted living communities at The Claiborne, residents can choose from different floor plans–including studio apartments and 1-and 2-bedroom options–to fit their unique needs.

Loved ones who live in an assisted living community also have the same opportunities as independent living residents to enjoy social events and fun activities (both on property and outside the assisted living community).

Outside of social activities, residents often have access to occupational, physical, and speech therapy to help with any preexisting health issues they are struggling with.

Believe it or not, it’s often found that loved ones who move to assisted living communities with injuries or preexisting health problems become stronger, healthier, and more independent thanks to the professional, on-site care programs that are available.

When your parent moves into an assisted living community, you can have the peace of mind that your loved one is surrounded by experienced medical care professionals and staff that desire to see them thrive.

Key signs that Assisted Living is the right senior care option for your loved one:

  • Your parent is active and full of life, but needs some help getting around.
  • Your parent sometimes struggles with basic tasks like getting dressed/taking a shower.
  • Your parent is unable to drive/get out of the house.
  • Your parent has mobility issues and has fallen or been injured when unsupervised.
  • Your parent needs assistance with remembering to take medications.

Memory Care Senior Care Options

Memory care is a type of senior care that is specifically designed for residents who have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

We know you love your parent and that you would do anything for him/her. But, between working full-time, raising a family, and managing your own daily activities, there may come a time when you can’t care for your loved one anymore.

That is where The Claiborne communities come in.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is often a 24/7 job. And our team of skilled medical care providers and compassionate staff are able to ensure your loved one will receive the round-the-clock care he/she deserves.

In our memory care communities, your loved one will have access to…

  • 24/7 care.
  • Social opportunities and community events.
  • Daily activities that are designed to help strengthen memory and promote brain health.
  • 3 daily meals to ensure your loved one gets the nutrition needed.
  • On-site medical care.

Our cozy and luxurious living spaces allow your loved one to have as much freedom as possible, while giving you the peace of mind that your parent is being watched over and cared for at all times.

Key signs that Memory Care is the right senior care option for your loved one:

  • Your parent has Alzheimer’s/dementia, and you need assistance with his/her care.
  • Your parent can not perform basic tasks like taking a shower, getting dressed, or cooking meals.
  • Your parent struggles with getting lost and often forgets who he/she is.
  • Your parent is isolated in your home and needs opportunities for social interaction and other stimulating activities.
  • Your parent needs to be cared for 24/7

Skilled Nursing Senior Care Options

Skilled nursing care is a type of high-level medical care that must be provided by medical professionals, such as registered nurses or physical, speech, and occupational therapists.

The length of time that skilled nursing care is required can vary from patient to patient.

For instance, one patient might only need skilled nursing care while rehabbing from an illness or injury, while others might require long-term skilled nursing care.

The types of services that skilled nursing care provides include…

  • Wound care.
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy.
  • Injections.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Regular monitoring of vital signs.

Residents who need skilled nursing care are often required to stay in a room that is equipped with a hospital bed. This ensures the medical care staff is able to assist the resident with whatever care is necessary.

Key signs that Skilled Nursing Care is the right senior care option for your loved one:

  • Your parent is rehabbing from an injury or illness.
  • Your parent requires daily/weekly medications via IV.
  • Your parent requires daily/weekly medical care that must be performed by a medical professional.

If you are considering any independent living, assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing care options for your loved one, we’d love to help you determine what’s best for your parent’s individual needs.

Please contact us here, and we’ll get you all the information you need to make an informed, confident decision about which senior care options are best for your parent.