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If you are considering senior care for an aging loved one, you might ask, “Where do I start?” If you are uncertain of what comes next, you must first identify which of the five levels of care is best-suited for the senior. This can be with the help of a physician or a Riverwood senior placement specialist. The care types range from minimal, independent care to urgent nursing home care. Let’s break these five types down for a better understanding.

Independent Living
• Seniors can receive minor help, but have few medical problems.
• This approach is the most appropriate for aging seniors that can live independently.
• Designed for those prepared to minimize and downsize.
• Allows autonomy for those that can no longer live alone or no longer wish to maintain the upkeep of a home.

In-Home Care
• Also known as aging in place, in-home care is an ideal choice for seniors that require assistance from a caregiver within the comforts of home.
• This involves checking in multiple times, daily, and ensuring the wellbeing of the senior.
• In-home care allows seniors to remain in their home without the added anxiety of moving into a new environment during an already fragile time.
• However, aging in place is most often a short-term care method. In many cases, seniors eventually require constant care and transition into assisted living community or nursing home.

Riverwood Senior Care Living GuideAssisted Living or Residential Care
• For seniors seeking an active and vibrant life who are, however, may be unable to perform daily tasks on their own safely without assistance.
• Daily help with activities and routines, such as medication administration, if needed.
• Cared for by trained medical staff.
• A long-term care alternative that combines housing, support services, and “apartment living with help when you need it.”

Memory Care
• For seniors that struggle with memory problems, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
• Round-the-clock care and scheduled activities to ensure their safety and quality of life.
• A hands-on approach using personalized caring for specific needs, as personal satisfaction is of the utmost importance.
• Every interaction with a Memory Care resident is a personal activity.

Nursing Home Care
• Offering seniors the highest level of medical attention than the previous senior living options, this approach is intended for those that regularly need urgent care.
• Once personal or medical care becomes too great, due to a recent hospitalization or a chronic illness which has worsened, Nursing Home Care may be the best option for you and your loved ones.

Written by: Katie Hanley