Identifying Different Levels of Senior Care:
From One Day to Live-In
There are many different types of senior care and everyday it seems like there is more jargon being used for the betterment of the elder. All of these elderly care options are designed to take care of aging adults. Navigating the different level of senior care doesn’t need to be difficult. For your aging parent, we will work from least amount of care to the most comprehensive.
Adult Day Care Programs
With life expectancy rising and Baby boomers becoming elderly more adult day care programs are opening in most communities.
Adult day care centers are designed for older adults who can no longer manage independently or who are isolated and lonely. These programs are designed to engage seniors to socialize with their peer group while receiving the attention and care they require. Most adult day care programs are tailored to the needs of a specific elderly community (i.e., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.)
Home care is what Alvita Care specializes in and is part of the largest segment of elder care. Over 7.6 million people rely on private duty caregivers to take care of their elder loved one. Home care allows the elderly to stay in the home and can be as little as 4 hours per day or around the clock care. This provides the elderly with the most flexibility and can ramp up and down as your elderly loved ones need change.
Assisted Living Facility
Assisted living facilities offer care to aging loved ones who need help with some activities of daily living but whose medical conditions so not require consistent, daily medical care. Elderly residents at these facilities enjoy a certain amount of autonomy and don’t require regular or constant medical attention (i.e., they might be looked in on twice a day as opposed to every few hours). The living conditions are similar to an apartment building or door rooms for the elder.
Skilled nursing homes (i.e., nursing homes) provide an extra level of attention by having onsite 24/7 medical care (by a nursing and/or a doctor). Most often there is a combination for the elderly with care from MD, RN, LPN and CNA. You can rest assured that your loved one is safe and well looked after. The level of elder care received at a nursing home includes both custodial and medical care.
Different levels of senior care can be very confusing and overwhelming. When trying to explore your elderly loved ones options, be sure to ask lots of questions and make sure you are comparing apples to apples as many senior care options can use different words to mean different things.
Alvita Care provides Home Health Care Aides to Seniors in greater NYC & Long Island NY
Our caregivers are available to assist with personal care, household services, respite and/or companion care while bringing exceptional compassion, skills and knowledge about Alzheimer’s and dementia to our clients.
Links to services that our caregivers supplement senior home care with:
Activities of Daily Living
– Elderly Incontinence
– Organizing Tips for Homes with Elderly Parents
– Safety for Elderly Parents at Home
Respite & Relief Care
– How to Show your Caregiver that You Care
– Finding the Fun in Aging
We Have Special Skills for Helping Patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia:
We have specially trained nursing skills for Palliative and Hospice Care in New York City
We have specialized skills in Geriatric Care Management: