Living Facilities: Memory Care, Nursing Homes, and Home Health

January 26, 2021

This blog is Part Two in our blog series where we’re discussing different types of assisted living. In Part 1, we talked about independent living, assisted living, and respite care. In Part 2, we’ll dive into memory care, nursing homes, and home health. 

Living Facilities: Memory Care, Nursing Homes, and Home Health

In our first blog in this series about care facilities, we talked about the differences between independent living, assisted living, and respite care, plus who would be a good candidate for each. With this series, our hope is that you will gain a solid understanding of the types of care available to you or your loved one, and you’ll be equipped to make the best possible decision for the next step. To further your understanding, we’re going to dive into the differences between three more types of care: memory care, nursing homes, and home health.

Memory Care

What are the key characteristics of a memory care community? 

Memory care communities provide a safe, structured environment for those with memory conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia. While many memory care communities offer services similar to assisted living facilities, their team members are specially trained to navigate the concerns specific to memory conditions like cognitive engagement or management of behavioral symptoms.

For many families, a memory care community offers a peace of mind that their loved ones are being supported in a home equipped to care for their individual needs.

Who would be a good candidate for a memory care community?

Individuals who need assistance with day-to-day care like cooking or bathing may be good fits for an assisted living facility, but if your loved one is struggling with forgetfulness or has been given an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, a memory care community may be a better fit.

Some families choose to bring their loved ones into their homes to care for them, but Alzheimer’s and dementia can often require specialized training that a family member, through no fault of their own, simply might not possess. If a family caregiver gets to the point where they feel ill-equipped to navigate the unique challenges that come along with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a memory care facility may be the best solution.

Learn more about Legacy Senior Living’s memory care communities here: https://www.legacysl.net/lifestyle-options/memory-care.php

Nursing Homes

What are the key characteristics of a nursing home? 

Similar to an assisted living facility, a nursing home offers services like medication management, life enrichment, and assistance with daily activities like bathing and dressing. The key difference is that a nursing home offers more robust medical care and is usually staffed by skilled nurses.

Who would be a good candidate for a nursing home?

If your loved one requires more round-the-clock care, a nursing home may be the best option for them. Many families who choose nursing homes have loved ones living with complex health conditions who need an advanced level of medical care.

Home Health

What are the key characteristics of home health? 

Home health is a type of care offered in an individual’s home, often with the goal of helping the patient regain independence, aid in recovery after a hospital discharge, or help maintain health for a senior who wishes to remain in their home.

Home health caregivers aid patients through services ranging from medication management to healthcare coordination between the patients, their doctor, or any other caregiver supporting them.

Who would be a good candidate for home health?

Home health is a great option for those who need an extra hand with day-to-day living but wish to maintain independence in their own home. It offers families peace of mind that their loved ones — especially those who live alone — will have an additional set of eyes watching over their health and safety.

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If you’re researching the best step for yourself or your aging loved one, you have a big decision ahead of you. If you read Part One of this series, you may have already asked yourself these questions. No matter where you are in your search, we always recommend these two simple questions when trying to decide on the best fit:

  • What are my (or my loved one’s) basic needs?
  • What are my (or my loved one’s) goals for this next stage of life?

One of the ways we can fulfill our mission is by honoring you and your aging loved ones, and that starts with supporting you in your decision making process. We’re here as a resource. To talk to one of our experienced team members, contact us here: https://www.legacysl.net/contact-us.php

To refresh on Part One of this series where we discussed independent living, assisted living, and respite care, follow this link: https://legacysl.net/blog/the-difference-between-assisted-and-independent-living/