Are you beginning to explore senior living care options for an older loved one but are unfamiliar with what might be available? You may find yourself uncertain whether a community in your area would be the best fit for them.
Most people are happy to discover there is a senior living care option to meet most needs and personal preferences. If you’re not aware of the different levels of care at today’s communities, the following can provide guidance:
A variety of senior living care options
Review the following types of senior living care options to discover what might be the best choice for your loved one:
1. Independent living
These communities are designed for older adults who are independent and interested in finding activities, social events and opportunities to meet new people and make friends. They are searching for a maintenance-free and more convenient lifestyle without the need for assistance or health services.
2. Assisted living
If your loved one needs a helping hand with the daily tasks of living, an assisted living community can be the perfect choice. A private residence is included, along with many amenities, but there will also be assistance from a compassionate staff member to help with bathing, dressing, grooming or managing medications.
3. Memory care
Families with a loved one living with dementia may turn to a memory care community when they can no longer safely provide the needed care at home. The community and residences are designed for safety and security while promoting freedom of movement. The staff is specially trained in the practices of memory care and the activities and therapy programs are tailored to your loved one’s preferences and capabilities.
4. Skilled nursing
If individuals can no longer take care of themselves at home, a skilled nursing community might be the best answer. These residential communities offer medical care and personal attention 24/7 as well as activities, healthy dining and opportunities to socialize.
5. Rehabilitation and respite care
Individuals recovering from an injury or illness and being discharged from a hospital may not yet be ready to return home. Often offered in an assisted living or skilled nursing community, rehabilitative care can fill this gap. Communities may also offer respite care to allow primary caregivers the opportunity to take a vacation or receive a necessary break.
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Common features of senior living communities
Although communities vary in the levels of care and services they provide, you’ll also discover many features in common:
All communities provide accessible residences. If your loved one’s current home would require renovating to create an age-friendly space, you’ll be happy to discover that senior living residences are move-in ready, including zero-step entrances, wide doorways and bathrooms with safety features.
Opportunities to make new friends
If your loved one has been living alone or is separated from family and companions, a great advantage of senior living is the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Community life lends itself to daily interactions, socializing and participating in activities together.
There are usually several dining options offering a selection of menu choices. Some communities also offer different dining venues for the resident’s choice. Dietary restrictions can be met and the chef-prepared meals are created to appeal to both nutritional needs and the palate as well.
Activities and social events
There is no boredom in today’s senior living communities. Your loved one will discover a wide variety of options scheduled in the monthly activities calendar. Whether or not to participate is always the individual’s choice but most find it fun and a great way to engage with the other residents.
Communities provide scheduled transportation for those who no longer drive so they can attend medical appointments, go shopping or join the other residents in an off-site adventure. It’s a relief for residents not to worry about finding rides or missing out on enjoyable activities.
Safety and security features
It’s not uncommon to begin feeling less safe and secure as we grow older and your loved one may be worried about living alone and becoming ill or injured. Senior living communities typically offer additional safety features and the reassurance that someone is available if help is needed.
Retirement living in Waukegan, Illinois
Galloway Senior Living, locally owned and operated, provides luxury and quality care for families in our community.
Assisted Living at Galloway Senior Living offers beautiful and contemporary private residences that range from alcove studios to two-bedrooms and include high-end stainless-steel appliances, maple hardwood cabinets, cultured marble countertops and thoughtfully curated décor and colors.
Our Memory Care community offers a family kitchen, dining room, walking garden, and lounge.
Our services include:
- 24-hour certified nursing assistants, on-staff licensed nurses, medication management, and on-site physician visits
- COVID-19 safety protocols
- Assistance with daily tasks
- Readily available safe transportation
- A fall-reduction program
- In-unit emergency response systems including an electronic monitoring system for exit doors
- On-site entertainment and activities personalized to reflect the residents’ preferences
- Housekeeping and linen services including personal laundry
Amenities you’ll find at Galloway Senior Living include:
- Country Café and Convenience Store
- Salon and Spa
- Theater with 85” television
- Activity and Craft Center
- Game Room
- Library and Business Center
- Fitness Center
If you or your family is considering retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois, we hope you will visit our community at Galloway Senior Living. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.
We also invite you to download our complimentary information, Family Decision Toolkit: How to Choose the Right Senior Living Community.