senior careIt can be difficult to navigate the maze of senior care options. It would be great to have a roadmap.

You may need assistance finding the best solution for your loved one’s care.

There are many options for senior housing and there is not one right answer. There are many options, but this is the benefit: You have a greater chance of finding one that suits your long-term goals.

These are 8 senior care options that you and your loved ones should consider.

1. Independent Living Communities

These living arrangements are also known as Senior Housing or Senior Apartments. They can be either apartment complexes, condos, or freestanding homes. Most housing is fully furnished and simple to navigate. Some homes are luxurious and offer a variety of social amenities as well as fine dining. Others offer the basic necessities.  If:

  • Except for a few minor medical issues, you are completely independent.
  • Socializing is something you like.
  • You want to have a variety of amenities included with your monthly rent. You have access to a library and wellness center, snow and trash removal, and emergency call-for assistance systems.
  • You are looking to downsize but not ready for assisted living in Myrtle Beach.

2. Assisted Living Communities

The assisted living facility is also known as Assisted Care Home or Personal Care Home. Residents can live in their own apartments or share rooms with a roommate. They are also able to receive assistance with daily living activities (ADLs). Many facilities offer communal dining, recreation programs, areas and transportation. Some have a modest design while others are more luxurious. They host regular social and interactive events.  If:

  • While you are no longer able live safely at home, you do not need to be taken care of at a high-level.
  • It is becoming increasingly difficult to cook.
  • 24-hour emergency response is a great option to feel more secure.
  • It is impossible to drive any longer. Many assisted living communities provide comprehensive transporation for your doctor’s appointments or errands. They also offer housekeeping and laundry services.
  • You should take advantage of all the social opportunities available to you, including lunch outings and bowling leagues.
  • Personal care services are more important (care for personal hygiene, dressing, medication management, escorts and incontinence management) than is possible at a retirement home.

3. Nursing Homes

This facility is also known as Skilled Nursing, Convalescent Care or Long-term Care. It offers the highest quality of care in either private or shared rooms. There are scheduled activities and meals are served in the resident’s private room or in the central dining area.  If:

  • A frail elderly person or disabled person needs 24 hour skilled help with feeding, lifting in and out of bed and other tasks.
  • Rehabilitative care is short-term (care that helps you recover from illness or surgery). These care include: Surgical & Medical Rehabilitation, Orthopedics/Joint replacement, Cardiac & Pulmonary Care and Respiratory Rehab. IV Therapy is also available. Palliative Rehab is an option.
  • It is not possible to prepare meals. On-site dieticians ensure healthy meal options in open dining spaces.

4. Memory Support

This special community is also known as Memory Care or Dementia Care. Residents can live in semi-private or private apartments and participate in structured activities led by trained staff. Residents are protected from the elements in order to avoid wandering.  If:

  • Memory problems can lead to memory loss and you may need assisted living.
  • Specialized dementia care is required, such as 24-hour staffing and a wander-management system.
  • Engaging activities, support, and personalized routines are essential for those with cognitive, physical, and social challenges.

5. Respite Care

These options are also known as Adult Day Care or Short-Term Stay Programs. They may be offered within an assisted living community for a limited time, typically a matter of days to a month. Many Adult Day Care centers provide programs throughout the day but no overnight accommodation.  If:

  • You are a caregiver, and you need a break.
  • It is important to have a “getting acquainted” period with your loved one.

6. Residential Care Homes

These facilities are also known as Adult Family Homes, Board and Care Homes, Group Homes and Adult Family Homes. They offer similar care to in-home and have live-in caregivers. While senior care services can vary in their offerings, most provide assistance with daily activities (ADLs), as well as recreational opportunities.  If:

  • You desire the feeling of home and require assistance with ADLs.
  • Only very limited, temporary medical attention is required.
  • You desire a private setting that is not available in other settings.

7. Home Care Companies

Home care, also known as In-home personal care or Home Health Care, allows you to live in your home while receiving health care services. Many residents have their homes modified to meet their changing needs. Residents have access to a variety of home care services, including in-home and daycare services.

Investment cost: Modifying your home will result in a one-time payment and hourly charges for in-home services.  If:

  • Although you don’t want to go anywhere else, you still need help with ADLs.
  • You feel safe in your neighborhood and have many friends and family nearby.
  • Home-care can be affordable and provided as often as you need.

8. Hospice Care

Hospice care is for people who are in the last stages of incurable diseases. This patient- and family-oriented service does not seek to find a cure for the disease, but rather provides relief from symptoms and dignity.

There are many hospice providers in communities. The family has to choose one. Although it takes some effort, this is a worthwhile use of your time. It is best to discuss hospice early enough that the patient can participate in the decision.

Family members and doctors can initiate a discussion about hospice options. Local organizations such as the American Cancer Society is also good sources of referrals. A list of licensed agencies may be provided by your state’s department for health and social services, or a regional hospice organization. You can also find help from your church, friends, and members of the community who have received hospice care.

There are many factors that go into choosing hospice care. Start by looking for agencies that have been accredited, certified, and licensed by a recognized national group. Find out how long an agency has been around and make sure you check for professional references. A good agency should be happy with these references. You can also consult the Better Business Bureau or your local Consumer Bureau.

It is important to determine the types of services offered and who provides them. Many hospices provide a care plan that is tailored to each patient. Ask to see one to ensure it meets your expectations and needs.

The quality of your hospice homecare staff member is as important as that of the agency. After all, they will be there for your loved one in his/her final days. Face-to-face interviews can help you decide if a candidate is the right match.

Hospice Care is the right choice for you or your loved ones if:

  • An incurable disease has struck you or your loved ones.
  • Continued care is essential
  • It’s the best choice for your loved ones

Call Reflections Assisted Living at Carolina Forest now and if you’re looking for the best place for your elderly loved one.

Reflections Assisted Living at Carolina Forest
219 Middleburg Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 903-0700