Leaving Home

Every person seeking alternate living arrangements due to social, physical or medical factors present unique, individual needs. These needs demand a wide range of services that cannot possibly be met in one environment. Consequently, through government regulations and the creativeness of the industry itself, levels of care have been established. The following levels of care are recognized by professionals and payment sources as the range of environments most suited to meet the demands and needs of our aging population:

 
  • Retirement Living is for persons who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining a personal residence but are fully capable of living an independent lifestyle. More»
  • The Assisted Living environment was created for individuals still capable of maintaing some level of independence but would benefit from a minimal level of supervision and assistance due to decrease in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). More»
  • Personal Care offers a higher intensity of services than Assisted Living yet still not as intensive as skilled nursing care. The care needs of Personal Care residents generally include a progression in the loss of activities of daily living. Residents may begin exhibiting a decrease in cognitive functioning and require extensively more help in areas such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and the administering of medication. More»
  • A nursing home is defined as an entity that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services to people with illnesses, injuries, or functional disabilities. The services provided by nursing facilities have increased significantly over the past decade; many facilities now provide much of the nursing care that was previously provided in a hospital setting. As a result, many nursing homes now focus their attention on rehabilitation, so that clients can return to their homes as soon as possible. More»