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One of the key factors in choosing a long-term care facility for a resident is the condition, and the level of care this requires. You should note that all skilled and intermediate elder care services provide personal and residential care, including rooms, meals, planned activities and programming that meets an individual’s social and spiritual needs. However, the levels of nursing and therapy services offered within different retirement homes vary, and these should be carefully investigated and matched to the individual accessing said elder care services.

When choosing your elder care services, it should be noted that the resident’s physician is involved regularly in the direction of the resident’s care. The nursing staff within the elder care service also work with the physician and will keep them updated with any changes to the resident’s overall health.

Below, we will explain the different types of care available for elder care services.

Sheltered Care

This type of elder care service is suitable for people who are functionally independent but need some assistance with their daily living needs, that stops someone from being able to live independently.

Sheltered care facilities have an emphasis on the social needs of the individual as opposed to the medical needs, like other, higher leveled elder care services. The primary functions of these services include dietary and housekeeping services, medication monitoring, and leisure activities.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a suitable option for people who’re mobile but may need assistance with a few aspects of daily living.

Assisted living facilities are a type of residential elder care services that provides or coordinates personal services, offers 24-hour supervision and assistance, activities to prevent boredom of residents and health-related services. These services are designed to accommodate individual residents’ changing needs and references that minimize the risk they will need to move once their health needs increase. It is also fundamentally designed to maximize a resident’s dignity, autonomy, privacy, independence, choice, and safety, all of which is required of an elder care facility. As well as this, assisted living facilities have the added bonus of being designed to encourage family and community involvement, increasing the access an individual has to their social lives.

Intermediate Care

Intermediate care is an elder care service provided people who need around the clock, 24-hour nursing care by licensed nurses as prescribed by the resident’s physician.

This service provides rehabilitative programs, access to social services, and daily activities for people who are not capable of living completely independently. This includes people with chronic conditions that are not critical and people who are recovering from changes in their health. They also offer several different types of therapy, including physical and occupational therapy for their clients.

These services may be certified to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid program, though it’s important to check with the specific elder care service facility to make sure this is the case.

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing care is the top level of care provided for elderly people, for people who need 24-hour care and require the skill of specialized nurses.

These elder care services have a far bigger emphasis on providing medical nursing care as prescribed by the resident’s physicians. This type of care is provided by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nurse assistants. They will provide several types of therapies for their resident’s, including physical and occupational therapy and social services.

This is another service that may be certified to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid program, though again, it’s important to check with the specific elder care facility to make sure.