Did you know that there are six different methods of senior care? They can differ greatly according to the level of self-reliance and good health that a senior enjoys.Huntsville Senior Care Living Guide

Six Methods of Senior Caregiving:

  • Independent Living Care
  • In-home Caregiving
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
  • Respite Care/Short-Term Stays
  • Nursing Home Care

INDEPENDENT LIVING is ideal for an aging parent/parents, who is/are fully capable of managing daily tasks, with minimal medical needs, but who chooses to live in a senior community, among fellow like-aged individuals. Many residents in independent living are empty nesters that have chosen to downsize. Joining a senior living community like Regency Retirement Village of Huntsville appeals to individuals who are living alone, where they feel unsafe. This is a leisurely lifestyle that many of us think of when we picture enjoying our golden years in retirement.

IN-HOME CAREGIVING, also known as aging in place, is an ideal choice for seniors that require a caregiver without the need to leave their home. In-home caregivers assist with daily tasks and errands, such as picking up needed items from the market or prescriptions at the pharmacy. One advantage of in-home care is that a parent may be able to stay in their home for at least a short period of time. The disadvantages include a lack of security and emergency care when compared to a senior living community. It is critical to assess whether in-home caregiving services provided by either a family member or a hired hand is a good fit for your loved ones. But beware of the risks involved with being in denial to avoid the effort and expense of transitioning out of the home into a senior living community.

ASSISTED LIVING is ideal for seniors requiring assistive care but usually not invasive medical services. The Assisted Living residents can enjoy the same flexible lifestyle as their Independent living peers, while receiving additional care, when needed. Assisted Living is a long-term alternative that combines housing, support, and health-care services. Nightly resident check-ins ensure the wellbeing of our Regency residents in Assisted Living, yet around-the-clock care is available at all times. We say to folks that it is simply, “apartment living with help when you need it.”, as it provides care while largely preserving their privacy and independence.

MEMORY CARE is designed for residents with memory impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, and families can rest knowing that mom or dad are safe without worrying if they are  remembering when to eat or take their medicine. At Regency, we not only provide constant care but also day to day activities and a comfortable facility to call home. Senior quality of life is a key concern in all areas of our community, especially memory care. We strive to give each resident personalized attention and activities they need to experience an enriched lifestyle.

RESPITE CARE/ SHORT TERM STAYS is for individuals who find themselves in transition or temporary senior care, regardless of what level of care they require. These short-term stays may also offer insight as to what senior living communities are like. Respite usually ranges from a few short days, a month, or possibly longer, depending on the resident’s reason for a stay. At Regency, the respite resident will enjoy all of the same amenities our full-time residents do on a daily basis. Many enjoy their stay so much, they decide to move in soon after their visit.

NURSING HOME CARE is best suited for aging seniors and loved ones that require hospital-like medical and personal care. Also, individuals prone to frequent hospital visits and declining health are most likely recommended to nursing home care, as opposed to a lower care service. If your loved one’s needs have become too great to handle at home or in a senior care facility, either from hospitalization or illness, and continues to worsen, nursing home care may be the right fit.

Written by: Katie Hanley