Finding the right type of senior housing for elders, whether a loved one or yourself, can be an overwhelming task. Especially if this is something you haven’t thought about or talked about before a need may arise. There are different types of assisted living options available, which are all dependent on your current location. In certain areas the options are numerous. In other areas, there are fewer options.
However, the first step you should take would be to research the different types of housing options and figure out which one will suit you, or your loved ones desires and needs best. Many people also think of assisted living as different retirement housing options. However, most people prefer to stay at home until a need for caring might arise.
You might be wondering at the percentage of seniors in nursing homes. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 4.2% of people aged 65 and onward are in nursing homes at any given time.
"The rate of nursing home users increases with age from 1.4% of the younger elders to 24.5 percent of the oldest elders and almost 50 percent of those 95+"
The first step to understanding what types of options there may be available is to understand what these options can provide.
Down below we’ve compiled a list of 5 different housing options. Click on each of the different types of housing and read a more in-depth description of what it is, and what it can provide to you.
If you are curious about the costs of the different housing options for elders, you can click the link below. By pressing on your state, or area, you’ll be able to see the different prices for the different senior housing types.
Home Health Care
Home Health Care is the skilled side of home services provided by Medicare. This also includes services such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-language pathology (therapy) Services, Medical Social Work, wound care, IV or nutrition therapy, and Injections. All these can be provided in the home on orders from a physician.
Home Health Aide
Home Health Aide is a service provided for those who live at home but may need more extensive care then family and friends can provide. This a service only provided for those who do not live in residential care facilities.
Adult Day Care Centers
Adult Day Care is a service that is provided by community-based centers for adults who need assistance or supervision during the day, but who do not need round the clock care. This also offers a break to caregivers. Some of the centers may also provide health services, therapeutic services, and social activities.
Assisted Living Communities (ALF) are places that will provide you with a structured setting, while also taking care of a variety of needs. This happens in apartment typed settings where the needs of people living in ALF range between independent to needing assistance with all Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s).
Skilled Nursing Facility/Semi-private room and Private Room
Back in the day Skilled Nursing Facilities were known as Nursing homes. Today, however, these facilities are being defined by one of two categories: Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Intermediate Care Facility (ICF).
A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) will provide the highest level of care. A room at an SNF facility may be Semi-private or Private. The difference between a private room and a semi-private room is the number of people living in that room
An Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) should be a last resort for someone needing long-term custodial care.