July 20, 2020

Exploring Senior Care Part 2 of 3: Types of Senior Care Communities

Exploring Senior Care Part 2 of 3: Types of Senior Care Communities

Once you believe that your loved one can no longer take care of themselves as they go through their daily routine, it becomes time to decide what level of care and type of community would benefit them most. The endless choices and worries can make this a crippling process rather than the solution it is meant to be. In this situation, the hope is that your loved one will be able to stay in a community that allows them to live comfortably for a sustained period of time.

For information regarding when the right time to explore assisted living is, read this article.

Increasingly, more seniors are willing to enter care communities. No longer are these communities viewed as a hardship to be endured, but rather a home to age in place. The key is to create a smooth transition and to find a professionally-based community willing to assist in this process. Aging and deciding when to transition to an assisted living community is not a science and rarely is it straightforward.

When it comes to deciding what type of senior care your loved one needs, there are many options that can accommodate almost any necessity. The goal is to ensure your loved one is in the most capable hands with care designed to meet their individual needs and independence. There are varying forms of assistance depending on your loved one’s age, disorder(s) and mobility. Below outlines some of those options.

Independent Living Communities: These are more commonly referred to as retirement homes and villages. Residents here have usually scored high on ADL and IADL assessments and require little to no medical help. These communities help seniors stay engaged through social activities and maintain their health. Because they are surrounded by people, if something goes wrong (like experiencing a fall), there are neighbors nearby who can help. The costs for these type of communities can range anywhere from $2,000 a month to $4,000 depending on the entertainment and amenities offered.

Our JES | Prime Senior Living sister property, The Village of Bedford Walk, is an independent senior living community located in Columbia, Missouri, and is currently accepting new residents. This all-inclusive, 55+ community has been designed to offer the perfect retirement experience with a blend of customized services and amenities. Residents choose from six luxury apartment and villa floor plans to find the right place for them.

The Village of Bedford Walk

Home Health Care: Home health care is very popular because it enables seniors to live where they are most comfortable. Friends and family can visit without any restrictions or time-sensitive rules and professionals come to them to assist in daily activities like bathing, shopping, cooking, dressing and transportation. Visits from professionals vary in frequency from one to two times per week to 24 hours every day. Home health services are usually offered hourly and can be covered through Medicaid and Medicare. Long-term care provided by a home health aide can reach up to around $4,000 per month and more than $50,000 annually.

Assisted Living Care: Assisted living residents receive 24-hour care, but usually require less aid. People in assisted living can do many ADLs on their own, but not enough to where they can safely and comfortably live on their own. Residents may also have chronic medical conditions that need monitoring and require assistance in some areas of their daily routines. Those residing in assisted living communities usually have their own living space and socialize with other residents. Meals are provided, but some communities let residents cook as they are able. Assisted living communities are commonly paid for out of pocket and range from $25,000 to $50,000 annually depending on the level of care.

Here at Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit, we specialize in resident-centered care backed by our 24-hour licensed nursing staff. We are recognized for providing the highest quality of care in the state, completing our federal and state inspections with zero deficiencies. Unlike many other assisted living | memory care communities, we offer studio, one and two bedroom suites in a variety of floor plans. Cross Creek also provides a wide range of all-inclusive features and amenities, including chef-prepared meals, wellness monitoring, housekeeping, life-enriching activities and more.

Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit Assisted Living | Memory Care

– Memory and Alzheimer’s Care: This type of community is designed specifically to help people experiencing memory-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. More than 5 million people are affected by these disorders every year. Memory care communities typically have tighter security as patients with memory-related illnesses have been known to wander. Increasingly, these communities are also paired with assisted living communities as they often provide similar services.

Cross Creek is one such community, offering both assisted living and memory care services. Our memory care approach is built on the foundation of The Five Pillars of Brain Health, which encourage our residents to live their best, most fulfilled lives while receiving round-the-clock care.

– Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide 24-hour assistance for patients needing a high level of care. Seniors in nursing homes usually have lower ADL and IADL scores. More than 95% of residents need help with bathing and 88% require help getting dressed. A registered nurse is required to be present at all times for care. Medicare usually does not cover custodial care, like help bathing or dressing, and thus most nursing homes are not covered. The U.S. News & World Report states that the average yearly cost of nursing home care is about $80,000 to $90,000.

Cross Creek is partnered with Capital Health Management and can assist residents who need to transition to the next step of care. CHM manages three skilled nursing and residential care communities in Kansas City, Missouri. All feature spacious rooms, pleasant amenities and beautiful landscaping. At the heart of each community are compassionate, highly-qualified staff members who are committed to developing long-term relationships with residents. Their staff includes licensed, registered and practical nurses, dietitians, therapists and other highly trained professionals. Find pricing and more information about each community at the links below:

– Hospice Care: Deciding to put your loved one into hospice care is never easy. Hospice care provides quality and considerate care for those facing a life-limiting illness or injury. The focus of hospice care is on helping patients live their last days as comfortable and pain-free as possible. You can refer to the Medicare website to see what is covered.

As part of being a skilled nursing community, CHM offers hospice care with specialized caregivers that are trained to comfort families and residents when the time comes.

After educating yourself on care options, the next step is choosing a community for your loved one. There are many options available at each level of care. An essential tip to remember is to find a place where your loved one can easily transition to as they age in place.

Browse some helpful suggestions for choosing the right assisted living community for your loved one here.

If you have any questions about assisted living and memory care, our team at Cross Creek would be happy to answer your questions. We are also offering virtual tours or socially distanced, in-person tours if you feel your loved one is ready for the next step. Call us at 316.393.1614 to get one scheduled!


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