Types of Long-Term Care
While “aging in place” has its benefits, such individualized care can be expensive. Additionally, it can be isolating. Senior housing and long-term care options require a move but are more social and can be cost effective.
- Assisted living. People move to assisted living when they are ready to stop cooking, cleaning, and maybe even driving. They enjoy social activities but need more help than an independent retirement community might offer. Though not a setting for people with advanced dementia, some assisted living residents may have problems with memory.
- Memory care. With activities and support specifically for people with more advanced dementia, memory care may be housed in a wing of assisted living or operate as an independent facility.
- Adult Family Homes (AFHs). AFHs are residential homes licensed to provide care for up to six residents. Meals, oversight, and care for residents is provided. In addition to basic services, levels of assistance vary among AFHs.
- Skilled nursing facility or “rehab.” Geared for short stays—several days to several weeks—a skilled nursing facility can be thought of as a place to get stronger or learn to do things in new ways after a setback with the goal of a move to a more homelike environment.
- Life Plan Community (formerly Continuing Care Retirement Community). This large “campus” offers all of the above and sometimes more. Move in while fully independent and be able to enjoy all the amenities. As care needs change, residents may move within the community to a different level of care yet stay on the same property.
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