Types Of Care Facilities For The Elderly Or Disabled


When a person is unable to care for himself in his own home, it is often difficult for his family members to always be there to help. Between busy work schedules and raising their own families, there may be little extra time for the family to help provide care for another loved one. Fortunately, there are facilities that provide care to those who are elderly or disabled who need assistance.

These facilities provide different levels of care depending on how much assistance the resident needs. These are some of the different facilities that offer help to those who cannot fully care for themselves:

Assisted Living Facilities 

Assisted living facilities are designed for those who require little help with their daily routines. This type of housing is usually an apartment type setting that is rented to those who are elderly or mildly disabled. There may be a shared area that is accessible to all residents, such as a dining hall or laundry room.

Usually there is a built-in security alarm system that will alert all residents should an emergency occur in one of the residential apartments. Some of these facilities also have on call security guards as well. Since most residents live on a fixed income, the rent is often income-based. If needed, other services, such as housekeeping and transportation may also be provided.

Residential Care Facilities 

Residential care facilities are more suitable for those who need moderate assistance with daily care. Those who live in these facilities are mentally stable and require little supervision. They must be able to dress, bathe and feed themselves, but may need help with taking medications on time and transportation.

These facilities are often small studio-sized apartments that do not include a kitchen. All meals are served to residents together in a community dining room. Residential care facilities may also provide services such as laundry, housekeeping and planned social activities.

Nursing Home Facilities 

Nursing home facilities provide full care for those who are elderly or disabled. Residents usually share a room and a bathroom with one other resident. All necessary medical and personal care is provided. This includes medications, bathing, meals and transportation to doctor appointments or hospitals when needed.

Nursing homes have daily visiting hours when loved ones of the residents may come to visit them. The residents may enjoy their meals in a community dining room or in the privacy of their own rooms. Many nursing homes also plan social activities for those residents who are capable of interacting with each other.

Accepting that your loved one is no longer able to live in his own home and care for himself is very difficult. However, having facilities that can provide the adequate level of care he needs can give you peace of mind that he is in a safe and healthy environment.

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After taking care of me for years, I knew that I had to do my part to care for my elderly loved one. I started thinking about different ways that I could take care of my grandma, but with school and other responsibilities, I knew that I needed a little bit of help. I started talking with other people who suggested a skilled nursing facility, and it was really eye opening. I found out that my mom would be looked after 24/7, and that she would be able to engage in other fun activities with the people who worked there. This blog is all about taking care of your elderly relatives with the help of assisted living.

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