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What Is Elder Care?

Elder care, also known as senior care, is the type of care that specializes in meeting the unique needs of the aging population. Senior citizens represent one of the largest growing sectors of the population, this broad term is used to describe the countless options for senior citizens to consider. This includes all types of services, from home healthcare or assisted living, to adult daycares and hospice care.

As you get older, it can be exhausting to maintain the same responsibilities over time. Home maintenance and basic chores become more of a hassle as you aim to enjoy your retirement. Elder care is an ideal option for any senior that is looking to improve their overall quality of life. Regardless of illness or mobility issues, there's an elder care service out there that can meet your needs.

What options are out there?

When it comes to elder care services, the options are seemingly endless. There are in-home services, such as home healthcare or hospice care, and residential services, such as assisted living or retirement homes. Each offers their own benefits and levels of care, here are a few common options in elder care:

  • Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer services that range from simple services, such as traditional housekeeping and on-call medical services, to lifestyle-enhancing facilities that offer activities including gardening and massage therapy.

  • Nursing Homes: Nursing homes are designed for those that need 24-hour, around-the-clock care with staff assisting with most tasks. These facilities can be temporary, for those recovering from injury or illness, or permanent in cases of debilitation or immobility. Almost all of these homes are prescribed by a medical professional and require certain conditions to qualify.

  • Memory Care: Also known as Alzheimer’s care, these residential care facilities specialize in seniors with memory loss. In addition to supervised care, memory care facilities offer unique architecture, specialized services, and additional amenities to help improve the symptoms of memory decline.

  • Home Healthcare: In-home care is designed to keep you independent as long as possible. These services often involve a dedicated care worker that comes throughout the week to provide basic services, such as housekeeping, companionship, mobility assistance, bathing/dressing, meal prep, and more. They often become part of your schedule and family.

  • Adult Day Center: Adult day centers or senior centers are recreational community areas where seniors can gather to socialize, take classes, and get basic care during typical business hours. These centers provide a social center for senior to gather while allowing spare time for at-home caregivers to run errands and care for their personal needs.

  • Retirement Homes/Senior Apartments: In a retirement home, residents continue living very similarly to life in their family home. These residential facilities are the ideal choice for highly independent people looking for senior-friendly living. Many provide senior-oriented entertainment with support and medical treatment nearby.

Although elder care includes countless other services, these are the most commonly used by seniors in the community. Each offers their own benefits and services to meet your needs and your caregivers needs. In general, the services needed depend on your level of independence, medical needs, and personal preferences. If you would like to discuss your interests and the elder care options best for you, feel free to contact Silver Linings Home Healthcare for a free consultation today!


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