SENIOR LIVING QUIZ
Help find the best senior care option for your loved one.
Is your parent or loved one still capable of managing their own personal care?
(i.e. bathing, using the restroom, getting dressed, transportation, meal preparation, etc.)
Which senior living option?
I'm here for myself
Can your parent or loved one take their medications independently?
Is your parent or loved one tired of the hassle of maintaining a household of their own?
Is your parent or loved one experiencing behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia?
These include: wandering, extreme forgetfulness, and Sundowner’s Syndrome.
Is your parent or loved one looking to be more active and involved in senior activities such as fitness classes or other social events?
Are you concerned about your parent or loved one’s safety or potential fall risks?
Do you think your parent needs
24-hour, hands-on care?
Want another go?
THE IDEAL SENIOR CARE OPTION FOR YOUR LOVED ONE IS...
Based on your responses, an independent living community might be a good fit for your loved one. It sounds like your loved one is still relatively active and healthy, but he or she is looking to reduce the hassle and expenses that come with owning a home. Depending on the independent living community your loved one chooses, he or she might also enjoy additional perks like fitness classes, continuing education, and group activities. Most provide à la carte services like housekeeping, meal plans, and transportation. Many residents feel that they are able to stay more active and have more fulfilling social lives at independent living communities.
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Based on your responses, an assisted living community might be a good fit for your loved one. It sounds like your loved one needs support with activities of daily living but still values independence. The level of care at an assisted living facility will scale to his or her personal needs. As needs grow (or diminish), facilities can offer individualized care to accommodate. For example, someone might come in requiring help with multiple tasks (bathing, using the restroom, cooking meals, etc.). As their condition improves, they might be able to handle more on their own and will have the freedom to do so. Your loved one would most likely live in a small, private studio apartment that he or she could decorate and furnish to make it really feel like home.
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Based on your responses, it sounds like a memory care facility might be a good fit for your loved one. Secure communities designed specifically to care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, these facilities emphasize safety and overall improvement of your loved one's condition. Your loved one might participate in multi-sensory therapy (which arouses residents’ senses to help evoke positive emotions) and virtual reality experiences (which can help residents engage in facsimiles of their favorite activities). Although similar to assisted living facilities, memory care communities stand out in having secured entrances and exits, specifically trained caregivers, and distinct activity programs and therapy options.
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Based on your responses, a nursing home might be a good fit for your loved one. Nursing homes provide care for individuals like your loved one who require high degrees of supervision, but don’t need to be in a hospital. Services vary, including 24-hour care, rehabilitation services, assistance with daily activities, and meals in addition to nursing care. Moving a parent or loved one to a nursing home might make the most sense in situations where they have care needs that you can no longer handle on your own, or when the stress of providing care is taking its toll on you. As the level of supervision and care at a nursing home is quite high, it's paramount that you talk with your loved one about making the move, especially if he or she values independence.
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