What Type of Care Does My Loved One Need?
Understanding the Variety of Care Options for Seniors in Northeastern Ohio
As people age, it is expected that they may need some level of assistance. Senior care is not a one-size-fits-all solution: It encompasses a variety of care options designed to meet the varying needs of seniors and help them enjoy the best quality of life while they age.
When you are determining whether your loved one needs care, whether it is in their home or if they plan to move to a care facility, it is important to understand the different types of care available to seniors. This list will be a good place to start.
This type of care is provided to a senior in their home on a regular basis. It could be daily assistance with bathing and grooming or weekly help with household chores. In-home care can be provided through a program like PACE, which is designed to help seniors live and age at home in their community for as long as possible.
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Some seniors may need occasional assistance from a home health aide. They may pay for an aide or nurse to visit their home a few times a week to administer medications or provide occupational or physical therapy. This type of care can sometimes be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the senior’s health insurance plan.
There is short-term respite care available for seniors in a senior care facility while their caregiver is out of town or while they are recovering or rehabbing from a surgery.
This type of senior care community offers an independent lifestyle for seniors—much like living at home—but provides opportunities for socialization. For example, seniors can share meals in a common dining room, participate in community activities, and receive fee-based household help. Independent living is designed for seniors with few medical needs.
If a senior had previously been living independently but now requires some medical care, it may be time to move to Assisted Living. This is not a full-time care facility, but residents have access to nursing services, physical or occupational therapy, help managing their medications, transportation to and from medical appointments, and more.
Seniors who are unable to manage their care or live independently require care in a skilled nursing facility or nursing home. Their care will be monitored around the clock, and a team of doctors and other medical professionals will coordinate their overall care on an ongoing basis.
This is end-of-life care for seniors who are terminally ill, likely at the end stage of a disease. The goal of hospice care is to make the senior comfortable as they approach the end of their life. Hospice care providers are usually available around the clock and can help families navigate a loved one’s impending death.
If you are unsure of what type of care is best for you or your loved one, feel free to reach out to the team at McGregor PACE. We can determine if the PACE program is an option for you and your family and whether it could potentially help delay the need for a move to an Assisted Living facility or a skilled nursing home. Reach out today to explore your eligibility for PACE services.