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The Different Types of Senior Care, Explained

The Different Types of Senior Care, Explained

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If you are thinking of moving your loved one into a senior care facility, it can quickly become overwhelming. There are a vast amount of care types and facilities to choose from, some of which overlap. For instance, senior care and in-home care can be two very different things, even though they both involve in-home care for seniors.

It is important to learn the difference between the many care options in order to choose the correct one to suit your loved one’s specific needs. Here is a simple breakdown of different senior housing options.

1. Independent living communities
These communities cater to seniors and retirees that are independent with few medical problems. The residents live in fully equipped apartments that range in size from a studio to two bedrooms. They also have the option of having a meal package similar to those that you’d find on college campuses. In addition, there are numerous social outings available and different events throughout the community to choose from, which is beneficial as the happiest retirees engage in three to four activities regularly.

Independent living communities are also known as retirement communities, congregate care, senior apartments, and 55+ communities.

2. Nursing Homes
This option is available to seniors who can no longer live at home. After they move into the assisted living facility, caregivers will be available to provide help with everyday activities such as bathing, meals, administering medicine, and can provide care 24 hours of the day for safety purposes. Residents live in furnished apartments with a central dining room.

Assisted living communities are also known as assisted care communities or a personal care home.

3. Senior home care
Senior in home care is perfect for those who want to remain in their own home, but still need help with daily activities. This is a popular option as 90% of seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, and being able to live under one’s own rules and schedule is the key reason they choose to age in place.

The level of care will vary depending on the person’s needs, and senior care providers offer a wide range of services. They can help with mobility, meal preparation, hygiene, medication reminders, basic housekeeping, cooking, keeping track of appointments, transportation, and companionship. When needed, a live-in caregiver will provide 24 hour care in order to assist your loved one around the clock. The rest of the family can rest easy knowing their loved one is in safe hands, while seniors are able to stay in their own home and remain independent.

Also known as home health care and in-home personal care.

4. In Home Medical Care
Unlike senior care providers, in home medical care is designed for hospice patients and those with long-term or permanent medical issues. Essentially, these services provide hospital-level care, but in the comfort of a home setting.

Also known as hospice care or disability home care.
With a record number of Americans over the age of 65, the demand for these services is only going to grow. Talk to your loved one before this type of care becomes necessary to find out what would be best for them. If you need senior care in the Redondo Beach, Torrance, or Long Beach area, contact 24 Hour Home Care today.

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Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
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