Residential Senior Services

March 23, 2018

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Senior services are an extensive and rapidly growing segment of the service industry, since senior citizens are also a notably growing population in the United States. From elderly care to social services, there is a lot offered, and much yet to be invented and implemented in this sphere.

Elderly care

This very broad term comprises a great range of service, such as long-term care in residential facilities, hospice care, day care, assisted living and many other segments. Internationally there are many different approaches – from government-established care in Asia countries, to the largely long-term care insurance and private funds-based approach in the United States.

There are major elderly care providers that cover the territory of the United States and offer a range of different services, sometimes combining them in one location, such as independent and assisted living. Brookdale Senior Living, Inc., is the absolute nationwide leader, with 1066 facilities of different size and varied types of services. Genesis HealthCare, HCR ManorCare, Holiday Retirement and Evangelical Lutheran Samaritan Society follow after a serious gap, with 268-380 facilities throughout the country. In fact, the latter is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the senior care industry.

What are the types of care offered at senior living communities? Let’s look into that below.

Independent living communities

Apartments designed to accommodate the special needs of the senior population who are active, independent and able-minded, yet desire to live in a community that’s sensitive to their requirements. There’s access to recreational activities, meals, staff to respond to emergencies and assist in everyday issues, and much more, depending on the specific facility.

Assisted living communities

A choice for those who wish a relatively independent life, but require a certain level of care and assistance with day-to-day activities, mobility and transportation, household chores. There’s no advanced medical care provided at this type of facilities, but the trained staff can assist in scheduled administration of medications.

Memory care facilities

A very special segment, with advanced medical care provided for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. This type of facility is staffed with specialists who ensure the safety of the people in their care and attempt to prolong the time of their meaningful living.

Skilled nursing facilities

These are non-permanent residential facilities that provide a chance to recover from a major health issue in a non-hospital setting for those who need rehabilitation before moving back to their place of residence.

In order to assist in selecting the facility most appropriate in each individual case, a new profession emerged in the recent decades. Geriatric care managers can share their knowledge of the types and availability of services, costs and cost management, help filter through the massive amounts of relevant information and provide other types of services as required.

Aside from the numerous types of residential facilities that seniors can take advantage of, there are many in-home medical, social and meal services provided by nationwide and local organizations, both commercial and non-profit. Community centers are also acting more and more like hubs of senior activity – hosting sports events, discussion clubs, cultural events or just acting as places to socialize. Certainly, most senior citizens prefer to remain in place of their residence for as long as it is feasible, and the fact that the segment of in-home assistance and availability of senior activities is growing makes it easier to implement.

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