In-Home Care

  • Private care givers in your home - typically, a minimum of two to three hours a day.

  • They, generally, offer personalized care and tend not to provide medically related services.

Independent Living/Retirement Communities

  • Most offer some levels of supervisory and personal care, included may be transportation, meals, activities, and housekeeping.
  • In some situations more assistance is required than the community can offer, you may be asked to consider other living arrangements, especially if a progressive form of dementia is involved.

  • Other alternatives are communities classified as Continuing Care Retirement Communities which include in one location Retirement Living, Assisted Living, secured Memory Communities and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Assisted Living Communities, offering a variety of care levels

  • Basic assistance, the bridge between Retirement and possibly a Skilled Nursing Home or a smaller Residential Care Home.
  • Typically, levels of care are priced individually, (more care equals more time involved with the resident) the greater the cost.
  • Some are secure and others are not.


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Memory/Alzheimer's specific, secure communities

  • Should be secure, higher level of staff to resident ratio, memory programs in place, more severe dementia and Alzheimer's specific

Skilled Nursing

  • Licensed to administer medical care and treatment.Most families know this through a rehabilitation stay or long term patients requiring "special needs."

  • Many times individuals come and go from Skilled Nursing back into their normal living arrangements, once the medical crisis has past

Respite Care

  • It is generally a short-term stay of 30 days or less and can be offered through a Residential Care Home or an Assisted Living Care Community. It is a great option when the caregiver needs a break or a creative way to show how a senior will adapt to this type of change.

  • Family should be aware that while it is a short-term stay, all of the same medical procedures and transfer of records will still be required.
Residential Care Homes of quality (AKA Board and Care)
  • Great resource when the level of care is equal to a high level you may find in an Assisted living community. Generally, a better value. When the time comes for the required care to be more readily available, the ambulatory possibilities have been compromised, residential care homes can be a great alternative.
  • Licensed by the state, with a wide array of pricing, some great ones and some, well, not so great...

  • Good to have a referral person involved
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