Long associated with any kind of senior community, the term “nursing home” is antiquated now as more seniors seek care and more individualized care has become the expectation. A nursing home or what is now referred to as a “skilled nursing” community requires a higher level of care services, such as around-the-clock monitoring, expanded rehabilitation and therapy offerings, and in some cases, palliative care and hospice.
Assisted living, primarily, assists with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and grooming, in addition to medication management. Both skilled nursing and assisted living residents receive daily activity programming and dining services.
Specialized memory care, either as a stand-alone community or as a separate and secure area within an assisted living community, have become an important option for families of someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Research in the field of memory impairment has come a long way and memory care communities of today should be active and lively as we work within the framework of each resident’s condition.