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What to Expect from Senior Living

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Senior living programs come in a variety of formats. Each option is designed for older adults with certain kinds of needs. Depending on your situation, you may be a good fit for independent living or assisted living. You may also need the support provided by memory care or long-term skilled nursing. Not sure of what to expect in each form of senior care? A brief rundown can provide you with a good working overview of your potential options; contact Parkway Place at 281.305.1846 for more information.

Basics of Senior Independent Living

Independent living is a common choice for seniors in generally good health. As its name implies, it helps you live daily life as independently as possible. At the same time, it frees you from many of the obligations that come with running a household. Specific things to expect in this form of senior care include:

  • Recreational programs that support a fully active lifestyle
  • Maintenance services that help free up your time
  • As-needed care for any medical issues
  • A private residence outfitted with modern conveniences
  • Paid utilities
  • Dining services

A well-designed senior independent living program should also make it easy for you to socialize with your new neighbors.

Things to Expect in Assisted Senior Living Programs

Like independent living and other senior living options, assisted living programs help you maximize your day-to-day freedom. However, they understand that you will need help to achieve this goal. That’s true because all seniors in assisted living have significant health or mobility issues.

The exact nature of these issues varies from person to person. For that reason, quality programs provide multiple levels of assisted living support. At a bare minimum, you may need help with things such as:

  • Preparing meals
  • Managing your medications
  • Doctors visits or other kinds of appointments

You may also need a higher level of support for your daily living activities. Activities in this category include eating, bathing, dressing, and using the restroom. In addition, you may need 24/7 support for certain mobility or health-related concerns. The right assisted option will help you meet your specific requirements for daily living.

Memory Care as a Senior Living Option

A significant number of seniors are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness. Memory care programs are specifically designed to meet the daily living challenges associated with dementia and memory loss.

What can you expect in a memory care senior living program? One key feature is a staff specially trained to support people affected by dementia. You can also expect a slate of activities that help you preserve your mental well-being. A safe, well-monitored setting is also key to effective memory care.

Long-Term Skilled Nursing

Long-term skilled nursing provides expert care for seniors with certain ongoing health issues. Services you can expect include wound- and catheter-related care. They also include speech, physical and occupational therapy. In addition, you can expect access to any needed IV therapy, help taking injections, or medical monitoring.

Several kinds of nurses may be on-staff in your program. Common options include registered, practical and vocational nurses. Trained therapists are also a typical feature. Other specialists may also be available.

Find Out More About Your Senior Care Options at Parkway Place

Want more details on what to expect in senior living? Parkway Place’s friendly experts are standing by. We’ll be happy to explain how each program works. We can also help you pick which option best suits your situation.

Parkway Place features all four senior living options. In addition, we offer respite services for those who care for seniors. We’re committed to providing affordable, compassionate services. To get started, call us today at 281.305.1846. You can also complete our online message form.