Senior Living and Care Options
How to Choose the Right Senior Living Option
There are many residential and care choices available for senior living in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Choosing the right option might seem overwhelming, but by understanding how the various types of senior living meet your priorities and needs, you can simplify the process and make the experience much more positive.
Start by making a detailed list of what is prompting you to look for new living arrangements. Then, ask yourself what is most important. How you answer those questions will help to refine your search.
Are you are in a financial position that requires you to make a choice between spending dollars on a larger apartment versus spending dollars on more support where the range of services and staff expertise is available? 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.
Further Questions? Call the Laureate Group community in your neighborhood and speak with one of our experts. We are happy to help!
Senior Living and Care Options – the Basics
Senior apartments usually appeal to active, independent older adults. 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 is valuable for someone returning from a hospital or a stay in a rehabilitation center, who 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.
When a loved one’s needs can’t be predicted and caregivers must adjust their schedules to accommodate changing needs, in-home care may no longer be the best fit. It could be time for an assisted living program. 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, and laundry service, along with social and educational activities.
Assisted living at a Laureate Group community provides individual apartment living for everyone, including those with memory loss.
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.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia care is a specialized type of assisted living. As cognition declines, people often benefit from the specialized structure and care provided in dedicated dementia-care programs.
Nursing homes are facilities that provide both short-term rehabilitation after injury, illness or surgery, and long-term residential care for people who have more serious care needs that require round-the-clock nursing care due to their physical or mental condition.