Senior Living & Care... What To Do With So Many Choices? What Does It All Mean?
As we age we will find ourselves either making or assisting in complex and important decisions about where we, a family member or even a friend should be living. Changes in physical functioning, mental capabilities, life interests, financial situation, and social supports all affect what type of place is appropriate, and most importantly, where an individual may ultimately live being content and the happiest.
Often times, many do not know how to begin this process and some of terms may be daunting and confusing. To assist with this, below are some terms frequently used with information about each.
- CCRC- Continuing Care Retiring Community. Combine independent living and nursing in a single setting. Normally requiring an entry fee, offering a living unit, meals, and health care, up to the nursing level.
- Retirement-Independent living with amenities such as meals, transportation and activities usually included in a monthly fee.
- Assisted Living- A combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care, designed to meet the needs of those needing help with the activities of daily living.
- Residential Care Adult Care Facilities- Usually single family homes licensed to provide assistance with medications, bathing and dressing.
- Alzheimer’s- Communities offering specialized programs for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss. These programs can be offered by Residential, Assisted Living or Nursing facilities.
- Nursing/Rehab- Communities licensed to provide health care and services involved in managing complex and potentially serious medical problems.
- Sub-Acute- Communities licensed to provide care that falls between acute care and traditional skilled nursing home care, usually after or instead of hospitalization.
- Home Care- Includes providers of licensed health care services in the home and companies that provide non-medical assistance with such tasks as bathing, dressing, meal preparation and transportation.
- Hospice- Hospice care may be provided in the home or a senior care community. Services can include pain management and a variety of emotional, spiritual and physical support issues.
- Day Care- Various programs provide a range of geriatric day services, including social, nutrition, nursing, and rehab.
- Products and Services- Financial, health-related and other valuable products and services designed to meet the varying needs of mature adults.
Stefans Law Group, PC can provide the legal assistance and professional guidance to assist you through these instrumental times. Take a few minutes to find out how we can help you at Stefans Law Group. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have regarding these topics and your estate planning needs. Contact us today at (516) 692-2744 to schedule an appointment to discuss how you can begin preparing for you and your family today!