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Senior Care Services: How much is the Right Amount?

July 9, 2014

There are several factors to consider when determining the type of senior care services necessary for a loved one as they age. Those factors include a person’s ability to live independently, with little to no assistance from another person. They also include your loved one’s state of mind and any concern that you may have about their welfare in the event that they suffer from some cognitive impairment such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Individuals age 65 or older have at least a 70 percent chance of needing some level of senior care services and assistance as they age. Of that number, 20 percent will require assistance for at least five years or more and women will require care for a minimum of 3.7 years. Understanding the types of long-term care services available for your loved one and ways to determine the appropriate type can help you make the right decision if and when the need for assistance arises.

Long-term Services Provided by a Senior Living Facility

There are different types of senior care services available for your loved one when they lack the ability to care for themselves without assistance or suffer from a mental condition or neurological origin. The two main categories for long-term care services are facility-based care services and home and community-based services.

Facility-based services include those provided in a senior care or skilled nursing home, personal care or assisted living facility. These services provide the benefit of professional staff trained to assist seniors with their needs and provide the same quality of living with the same dignity as when they lived independently. Home and community-based care services include adult community daycare centers, home health aides, companionship & conversation, housekeeping, meal and transportation services, among other things. Some visiting nurses can provide seniors with high quality nursing services and care, including physical therapy and nursing care.

Determining the Proper Level of Care for a Loved One

The way in which you determine the proper level of care for a loved one depends on their needs and level of assistance. An individual that is unable to feed or bathe themselves unassisted may need to consider those services provided in a senior care home or personal care/assisted living facility due to their inability to function without the help of another. For those looking to remain in the comfort of their own homes, in-home care and nursing services can offer increased aid for seniors. A person who requires little assistance with what are known as functional ADLs (activities of daily living, such as bathing and feeding) and may only need help with non-functional activities like shopping or paying bills may benefit from maintaining their home life. A medical professional or those experienced in working with older adults can provide you with further assistance in assessing the abilities of your loved one to determine the appropriate care situation.

Offering senior care services in memory care, personal care, assisted living, adult day services, inpatient physical therapy, long term nursing care or even just retirement living, Concordia has the right level of care for your loved one. Stop by any one of our 11 Pittsburgh area locations to visit our beautiful campuses and see what a Concordia living facility can offer you. Concordia Visiting Nurses are also able to help with your home care needs, whether you require professional nursing/therapy or light assistance around the house.

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