As you age, and your needs begin to change, you may find yourself looking for increased support to continue to live independently. If you are living at home and seeking to maintain independence, you will find different options that provide varying levels of care.
When seeking additional care, you have to take into consideration the level of support you need. If you have a chronic health condition that requires 24/7 attention, some options that offer a lower level of care may not be the right choice for you. For the highest level of care, you can look into nursing homes, also known as long-term care, that offer around the clock supervised attention.
If you are seeking assistance with daily tasks or extra support to maintain your safety, you can look into the following options for support. Regardless of which care option you choose, it is important to work with a care team who honors your independence and remains open to your changing needs.
1. In-Home Care Services
Also known as in-home personal care, this option allows you to continue living at home with the added support of an experienced Care Professional. By working with an in-home care agency, you can remain where you feel most comfortable with specialized care to ensure your safety.
In-home care agencies can make safety recommendations for adjustments to your home that allow you to live as independently as possible. With in-home care, you can work with your care team to adjust your living situation to accommodate your changing needs.
Living at home with the support of an in-home care facility may be right for you or a loved one if:
- You would like to remain in your home but require assistance with activities of daily living
- Your neighborhood is safe and you have a network of family and friends nearby
- You feel comfortable with Care Professionals caring for you at home
If you want to stay in your home but could benefit from additional support, in-home care can provide you with the right amount of assistance for you to live on your own safely.
2. Independent Senior Living Communities
Independent living communities, also known as retirement homes, are housing designed exclusively for seniors. These housing options include retirement communities, senior housing, and senior apartments, and they allow you to live in a community setting.
An independent living community may be right if you or a loved one:
- Are fully independent, aside from a few minor medical needs
- Like the idea of socializing
- Are looking to move out of your home but are not quite ready for assisted living
If you are not in need of daily care, but you are starting to worry about your safety, an independent living community can be a great choice that offers a network of support and companionship.
3. Assisted Living Communities
Also known as personal care homes, assisted living communities allow you to live in private apartments and receive assistance with activities of daily living.
An assisted living community could be the right option if you or a loved one:
- No longer able to live at home safely but do not require a high level of care
- Do not need complex medical care on a daily basis
- Would feel safer with 24-hour emergency response
Assisted living facilities can offer you more support than you can receive when living independently, while still allowing you to live privately.
4. Memory Care
Also known as dementia care, memory care options are programs designed specifically for older adults experiencing memory decline. If you have been diagnosed with dementia, or you are experiencing challenges with your memory, it may be time to begin working with specially trained Care Professionals.
A memory care facility might be a good fit if you or a loved one:
- Are experiencing memory problems and require specialized assistance for increased care needs
- Could benefit from engaging activities, support, and personalized routines designed with physical, social, and cognitive challenges in mind
Some facilities offer memory care in addition to their other services, but ensuring you have specialized support is crucial as you weigh your caregiver options.
Choosing the right senior care option for you
Depending on your unique situation, you can find the best senior caregiver option that fits your needs. For many, the option to continue living at home without the support of family members or a family caregiver means maintaining their current quality of life, and staying where they are most comfortable.
For support to continue living at home, you can contact Golden Care for a complimentary assessment. Our licensed, dedicated Care Professionals are here to provide you with exactly the right amount of in-home care assistance to preserve your autonomy and give you peace of mind.
If you are seeking memory care and would like to continue living at home, Golden Care’s Client Care Managers can help you coordinate a customized memory care plan that fits your needs. Golden Care is dedicated to supporting you as your needs change, as well as coordinating with your family members.
To ensure you receive the care you need to remain living comfortably in your home, you can start working with a compassionate care team dedicated to supporting you, with the dignity you deserve.