Tips for Choosing Personalized Level of Care for an Aging Adult

Most of us have a desire to live independently. We like the convenience of doing what we want, when we want, where we want, and as we age, that desire doesn’t go away. But for adult children, this desire can cause stress and difficulty when it’s obvious that your parent or parents need personalized care in order to live safely and happily. “Accepting that we need help is a hard pill to swallow for many seniors because it’s associated with a feeling that they’ve failed,” says Janna Zaidspiner, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, an Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. “However, once seniors and their children can get past that hurdle, they can actually find that accepting help gives them more freedom and independence than they could have imagined. By choosing the right level of care for yourself or a loved one, you no longer have to struggle with the things that you can’t do and instead spend your time and energy on the things you can and want to do.” Choosing the right level of personalized care requires some planning. What type of care is required now, and what might be required in the future? Different seniors will have different needs, so it’s important to research your options and choose one that will be the best fit for you or your loved one.

The Different Levels of Care

These days, there is an incredible variety in the care available for aging adults. We’ve listed some of the major, most common ones below. In-Home Care Ask any adult about where they’d like to have care when needed, and the majority of them would respond that they’d like to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Preferably for the rest of their lives! If this is the choice for you or a loved one, an in-home aide or care service can allow you to meet that need. In-home aides are skilled, trained individuals who either visit regularly or live with a senior so their needs can be met. This can range from someone who checks in twice a week to provide companionship or light housekeeping and chores to a 24-hour a day, 7-day a-week situation where several aides are available at any time for personalized assistance. Home aides are available to handle practically anything that’s needed, from transporting a senior to doctor’s appointments to assistance with the tasks of daily living and more. Tips for determining if this level of care is right for you:

  • Is living in your own home for the rest of your life of utmost importance to you?
  • Is your home accessible enough for your current and future needs or can it be easily adapted (for example, can you install a lift if you can no longer climb stairs)?
  • Are you or your loved one financially able to pay for in-home care for an indefinite amount of time?
  • How much care is needed now, and how much will be required in the future?

Independent and Assisted Living Communities Independent Living at a community pairs the best parts of living at home with the personalized support you’d find at a resort or a hotel. Seniors who are active and healthy can live in their own home with a maintenance-free lifestyle and all the amenities that come with the community. We consider this a level of care because oftentimes Independent Living is part of a larger community that offers a continuum of services. It’s a great option for aging adults who are still active and independent but want the security of knowing that help is available if and when it’s needed.  Assisted Living is what people generally think of when it comes to personalized care. Seniors who are still relatively independent but need some assistance to live safely due to health issues or mobility problems can receive all the help that they need, along with the independence they desire. Assisted Living communities provide maintenance-free living in private residences, 24-hour staff for security and a variety of scheduled events and entertainment available for residences. Assisted Living services can also be an add-on to some Independent Living communities. Tips for determining if this level of care is right for you:

  • Do you want the security of having staff available at all times for emergencies?
  • Do you want to have the option of adding on more supportive services if and when it’s required as health needs change?
  • Do you enjoy living independently but would you like the convenience of living in a place where maintenance, meals and other services are taken care of for you?
  • How much care is needed now, and how much will be required in the future?

Memory Care Communities Memory Care can be part of a continuing care retirement community (along with Independent Living and Assisted Living) or a stand-alone facility. These facilities are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and memory impairments. Residents live in enclosed areas to protect from wandering, and specially trained staff is available to help at any time. These facilities are equipped to meet the needs of people in any stage of this form of disease, and staff receives regular training in order to stay on top of the latest research and care practices. Tips for determining if this level of care is right for you:

  • Do you or a loved one have dementia?
  • If so, would you prefer the security of living in a place where trained staff is available at all times?
  • How much care is needed now, and how much will be required in the future?

Skilled Nursing Care These facilities are for individuals with short- or long-term care issues. Short-term guests are usually recovering from illness, an accident or surgery, and are at the facility to regain the strength and abilities they need in order to return home safely. Long-term care residents are individuals with chronic illnesses who need a high level of care at all times. Here, facilities are often part of a larger senior living community, and are staffed by trained nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Tips for determining if this level of care is right for you:

  • How severe is the care need? Do you or a loved one require short- or long-term nursing care?
  • Would you prefer the personalized and specialized care available at this type of facility, or can you or your loved one be cared for at home?
  • How much care is needed now, and how much will be required in the future?

For more information about choosing the right level of personalized care or how we can provide a safe, fulfilling life for a senior in your life, please contact our team at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens at 561-246-6102.

Inspired • Engaged • Fulfilled

Offering Independent Living with Supportive Care, Assisted Living and Memory Care, YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens was designed specifically with residents in mind. We know your life is shaped by family, friends, hobbies, passions and more, so we’ve created a community where you can enjoy comfort, independence and engagement, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define your own lifestyle. Here, we shape each thing we do around you, from your routines and interests to your choices and preferences, to create an inspiring lifestyle that fits YourLife™ perfectly. Because we are completely shaped around you, our residents get more of out their lives. With exceptional care delivered by a dedicated and compassionate team and a fulfilling lifestyle full of choice and convenience, residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible. Each day holds something new for residents. Whether they are enjoying our exclusive activities, learning something new or simply engaging in our YourStory programming, we create an individual experience centered around each resident. Do you enjoy making new discoveries and trying new hobbies, simply want to continue the hobbies you love or enjoy some time to yourself to relax? At YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, the choice is up to you.

Call us at 561-246-6102 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.