Big decisions in life can be scary. From buying your first home to starting a family, every decision requires research, consideration and informed decision making. Planning for your retirement is no different. There are a lot of options when it comes to levels of senior care, and making sure you are fully informed is a necessity to making the right decision for your future or the future of your loved one.
Typically, senior living options are divided by level of care. By understanding what each level of care provides, you can easily determine what fits your needs now and what will be the best choice as your needs may change in the future.
Once you start doing your research, it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot of terminology surrounding senior care and if you are unfamiliar with all the options, you need to make it as simple as possible.
Luckily, we have you covered. Use this simple chart below to understand the basics of senior care and start contemplating what level might suit you and your needs.
Continuing Care Retirement Community – A senior living community that offers a full range of senior care in a single location. No matter how needs change over time, seniors can rest assured they will be taken care of. One of the unique benefits is that seniors only have to make one move to accommodate their needs for the rest of their lives.
Independent Living Community – Designed for seniors who are able to live on their own, but want an option that eliminates the hassles of home-ownership and offers amenities including dining, transportation, housekeeping and more. One of the unique benefits is that seniors can spend more time enjoying every aspect of retirement with top of the line services, amenities, and social engagements.
Assisted Living Community – Intended for seniors who are generally independent, but require more assistance with the activities associated with daily living. One of the unique benefits is that by eliminating the stress involved with certain daily tasks, seniors can focus on exploring new hobbies and interests.
Skilled Nursing Care – A level of senior care that helps seniors who require around-the-clock care from medical professionals and licensed nurses. One of the unique benefits is that seniors have care available when and how they need it.
If you still have questions about the different levels of senior care, it might make sense to schedule a tour at a local community so you can see what is available to you or your loved one.
Interested in learning more about senior living communities? Visit one of the beautiful North Carolina campuses of St. Joseph of the Pines. Our senior living community offers a continuum of care that offers what you need now and as needs may change in the future. With diverse floor plans and a full range of amenities and services, it is our goal to help you get the most out of your retirement years. Contact us today to schedule a tour of Belle Meade and Pine Knoll to learn more about your senior living options.