The Story on Senior Care

As we get older, roles in our lives can change.

As parents age, they often turn to their adult children for help. There a lot of options out there for senior care — which is the best for your situation?
In general, senior care breaks down into two types, skilled care and custodial care.

  1. Skilled care refers to medical services, such as physical therapy and administering IV medications, that can only be provided by licensed medical personnel.
  2. Custodial care, or non-skilled care, includes help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and eating, and can sometimes include housecleaning, preparing meals and laundry. This kind of care is usually for frail elderly adults or senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Both skilled and custodial care can be provided in the home, an adult cay care, or in a nursing home or assisted living community.

Some other common senior care types include:

Assisted living: Assisted living facilities are residences that provide 24-hour supervision and personal care assistance, along with basic health services, social activities, meals and other amenities.

Skilled nursing homes: Skilled nursing homes provide the same amenities as assisted living homes, but include 24/7 care by licensed health professionals.

There are plenty of options and resources for your elderly loved ones. Talk to their doctor or look online for the best options near you.

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