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Housing Options for Jacksonville Seniors

You may feel overwhelmed if it’s time to consider new living options for your senior loved one. Here is some information on available senior care options ranging from aging in place with-in their home to full-time care in a nursing home. 

 

To make your selection easier and to assure that your loved one will receive the care they need both now and in the future it’s helpful to make a list of the daily care needs your senior loved one will need.

 

Aging in Place:

Aging in place is when your loved one lives in their own home or with a family member. It’s a great and affordable solution if your older adult is still relatively independent and can receive the level of care they currently need. If this is your choice, make sure that the home provides a safe living environment. To support in home living you may want to consider a part time in home caretaker.

 

Independent Senior Living Communities:

Is housing designed exclusively for the needs of seniors. It typically includes retirement communities, retirement homes, senior housing, and senior apartments. They are a great solution for seniors wanting to live in an active community without the worries of daily chores like house and lawn maintenance, cooking, laundry and housekeeping.

 

Continuing Care Retirement Communities:

These communities are part independent living, part assisted living, and part skilled nursing facility.

They are great for older adults who want to live in one location for the rest of their life and don’t want to worry about arranging for future care needs. They’re also good for spouses who want to stay close to one another even if one requires a higher level of care. Residents can start out living in the independent living section and move to different parts of the same community if they need increased levels of care.

 

Assisted Living Communities:

An assisted living community typically consists of small apartments with-in the care community. They are great for seniors who can live somewhat independently, but require some daily assistance. Typical services include 24 hour staff available, healthy meals, medication management, and help with bathing, dressing, housekeeping, and transportation. These facilities have well organized activities, group dining area and common areas designed for social and recreational activities.

 

Nursing Homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Are the best option for seniors with severe or debilitating physical or mental illnesses that require 24-hour supervised care with meals, daily activities, and health management. A licensed physician supervises patient care and a nurse and other medical professionals are there to carry it out the round the clock duties. Many of these facilities have physical and occupational therapists on staff and others have special services for Alzheimer’s or dementia memory care.

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