Senior Care Options

There are many residential choices available to seniors today, and the different options vary greatly in terms of amenities, services and cost.

Where do you start? If you don’t know what you’re looking for it’s very difficult to recognize the right residential setting when you see it. So taking a few minutes to answer a few key questions is a great place to start.

Why are you considering a move for a loved one?

  • Be clear on the specific things that are prompting you to look for a different setting.
  • Once you’ve made your list, consider what’s most important in your search: Are the apartment size, features and building amenities most important? Or is the reason for the move a concern about things like medication, nutrition, or help with personal care, where the range of services and the staff expertise will be very important?

How you answer these questions will help to refine your search. And it will help in the decision-making process. For example, if you are in a financial position that requires you to make a choice between spending dollars on a larger apartment VS spending dollars on more support, it helps to be very clear on the things that will be most important to your loved one’s health and success in a new setting.

Some Different Senior Care Options

Senior Apartments usually appeal to active, independent older adults who still participate fully in the outside community. The seniors who choose this setting usually drive, have their own social life, and take care of most things on their own. Living in this type of setting is much like living in any apartment complex, although there are age restrictions. If health changes, Senior Apartments don’t typically have the ability to meet those needs, as there are no health services on site.

In-home Care has an important role in the range of senior services. It is valuable for someone returning from a hospital or a stay in a rehabilitation center, that needs assistance for a short period of time.  It can work well when a loved one has a care need that follows a consistent schedule, such as a bath several times a week. An aide can come and provide that service on a scheduled basis. 

But one of the challenges of relying on in-home care is that needs do not always arise when a caregiver is in the home. Older adults have good days when everything goes according to plan, and other days when they need extensive support. When a loved one’s needs can’t be predicted and staff must flex to accommodate these changing needs, in-home care may no longer be the best fit, while an Assisted Living program could easily meet those needs. Read more about deciding between in-home care or assisted living.

Independent Living within a Senior Community is for older adults who take responsibility for their own daily activities. There are typically services that will enhance the quality of life and allow an individual to remain independent for a longer period of time. Those services include things like meals, transportation, housekeeping, laundry service, along with social and educational activities. Learn more about Independent Living Services.

Assisted Living In a Laureate Group community for example, everyone in assisted living has their own apartment, including those with dementia.

In addition to meals, housekeeping, transportation and social activities, Assisted Living also includes health monitoring, assistance with medications, help with self care such as grooming, dressing, bathing, using a bathroom or even transferring in and out of beds and chairs. It may also be beneficial for a loved one with early memory loss. Learn how Laureate Group provides Assisted Living Services in our communities. 

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care is a specialized type of assisted living. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. As symptoms worsen, people often benefit from the help offered in dedicated dementia care programs. In these programs, staff is specially trained, the environment is calm, and the space is safe for people who may wander. Learn how at some of our communities, we provide a program dedicated to the needs of those with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. 

A Nursing Home is a facility that provides both short-term rehabilitation after injury, illness or surgery, and long-term residential care for people who have more serious disabilities that require round the clock care due to their physical or mental condition. Very few people today need the care level of a nursing home on an ongoing basis, but instead are able to live in Assisted Living communities. At the Laureate Group, the great majority of people who move into our communities never need to relocate to a nursing home to receive required care.