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Long Term Care and Senior Living Options

In-Home Care

In-home care supports seniors who are aging in place to delay or avoid the transition into senior housing. In-home care provides:

  • Professional caregivers that offer supportive care in the comfort of your own home.
  • Comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Companionship, meal preparation, transportation and household support.
  • Certified nurses licensed to provide home health services.
  • Flexible service hours that match your care needs.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a senior residential setting with varied levels of services and housing configurations to address increasing care needs. Assisted living provides:

  • Individual apartments that promote independence.
  • An increased level of assistance to those who can no longer live safely at home, but want to maintain some autonomy.
  • 24 hour/day staff trained to provide assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Group dining, on-site activities and amenities.
  • Supportive services such as medication management, personal safety monitoring, transportation, and housekeeping.

Independent Living

Independent living communities are designed for seniors to live independently within a planned development, often referred to as a "retirement" community. Independent living communities provide:

  • Individual residences designed to support self-sufficient living within a senior community.
  • Opportunities for social interaction, organized activities, and recreation with other senior residents.
  • On-site staff for the provision of safety and security.

Memory Care

Memory care is a form of long-term residential care designed to meet the care needs of those experiencing cognitive decline. Memory care provides:

  • Specialized care and programs for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • A stand alone facility or a unit within a tiered senior living community that is staffed with attention to a higher level of care.
  • A restrictive, secured care environment.
  • 24 hour/day staff trained to attend to personal and health care needs of residents.

Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, are licensed healthcare residences for individuals who require a higher level of medical care than can be provided in an assisted living facility. Skilled nursing facilities provide:

  • Assistance with health conditions requiring constant supervision on an inpatient basis.
  • 24 hour/day availability of licensed staff who provide both skilled nursing care and assistance with personal care needs.
  • On-site physical, occupational, and rehabilitative therapeutic services.
  • Short-term rehabilitation or long-term care.

Adult Day Care

Adult day care is a supervised, structured daytime environment to support other senior housing arrangements. Adult day care provides:

  • Opportunities for socialization, recreation and activities outside of the home environment.
  • Select services and activities based on interests of the participant.
  • Meals, health related services, and transportation to the facility.
  • Short-term or flexible hours to allow respite for care providers.

Rehabilitation Centers

Rehabilitation centers supply short-term, in-patient rehabilitative care. Rehabilitation centers provide:

  • On-site medical and therapeutic care services for the treatment and recovery from illness or injury.
  • Intensive rehabilitative services and access to specialized equipment intended to help patients regain their strength, mobility, communication skills, and coordination.
  • Discharge planning with a personalized care plan to promote full recovery efforts at home or in previous care facilities.
  • 24 hour/day staff trained to attend to personal and health care needs of residents.

Hospice

Hospice care is available to those diagnosed with a terminal illness in the end stages of life. Hospice provides:

  • A form of palliative care that is intended to maintain comfort and symptom management once curative treatment has ended.
  • A team oriented care approach with the goal of ensuring a patient’s dignity and pain relief at end-of-life.
  • Ongoing emotional, spiritual, and bereavement support for family caregivers.
  • Provision of care in a variety of settings, including the home.

Geriatric Care Managers

A Geriatric Care Manager is commonly a nurse or social worker specialized in geriatrics who is hired by the family to coordinate all aspects of senior care. The services of a geriatric care manager may include:

  • Identifying care needs and coordinating a plan of care.
  • Managing healthcare, attending Dr. appointments, and maintaining medical records.
  • Finding and maximizing resources for providing and paying for care.
  • Coordinating transitional care.
  • Customizable service contracts to meet your care needs.

Elder Law Attorneys

Elder law attorneys specialize in legal matters affecting older individuals. The services of an elder law attorney may include:

  • Estate planning through the creation of a last will and testament and trust documents.
  • Expertise and experience with the eligibility and application process for government benefits such as Social Security, and veteran’s benefits.
  • Knowledge and experience with the eligibility and application process of Medicare and Medicaid.
  • The preparation of legal documents such as advance healthcare directives (living will) and Power of Attorney.
  • The preparation of a petition for guardianship.

Funeral Homes & Cemeteries

Funeral homes and cemeteries provide funeral, cremation and cemetery services for those planning final arrangements. The services of funeral homes and cemeteries may include:

  • Advance service planning and payment for those individuals who prefer to pre-plan end-of-life arrangements.
  • Customizable service plans to meet a loved one’s final wishes.
  • Transportation of the decedent to and from the funeral home.
  • Embalming, casketing, or cremation services.
  • The preparation of end of life documents such as a certificate of death, composition and placement of the obituary.
  • Assistance with VA burial benefits and paperwork.
  • Professional coordination of goods and services including, cemetery plots, caskets, urns, markers, and headstones.

Area Agency on Aging

The Area Agency on Aging is a state agency established within a region to provide information, resources, and referrals to community services for seniors. The services of an Area Agency on Aging may include:

  • Coordination of local Long-term Care Ombudsman programs.
  • Nutritional support through counseling or referrals to organizations that provide meal delivery.
  • Expertise and advice in eligibility and the application process for Medicare, Medicaid, and veteran’s benefits.
  • Referrals to community based resources for elder assistance such as transportation and respite care.
  • Elder care training and caregiver support programs.
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