Senior Care Guide

When determining which San Antonio elderly care service or facility is best suited for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know some of their differences. See our helpful definitions:

Companion and/or Caregiver

Staying in your own home has the advantage of being in a familiar environment and knowing your neighbors. A companion or caregiver can come into your home and help with some of the household chores and provide companionship. These services can be expensive and care must be taken to ensure the safety of the elder patient.

Respite Care Providers

These caregivers can provide short-term or emergency senior care when the primary caregiver is absent or needs a break. Some insurance companies may help with the cost; if not, this type of service can be expensive.

Independent Living Facilities

In these retirement communities the resident remains in control of all aspects of their life. They must be able to fully care for themselves. These communities provide a type of living environment and social activities that are appropriate for seniors.

Assisted Living Facilities

This type of living arrangement is appropriate for individuals who need little or no help with their daily lives. Each person has their own apartment but the members share certain services such as laundry rooms, dining rooms, or living rooms.

Residential Care Facilities

Residential care facilities are also called board and care homes, personal care homes, or sheltered housing. They provide housing for individuals needing help with their medical needs or personal care. Most of these facilities are licensed by the state and are staffed 24 hours a day. Eligible seniors should still be able to dress and feed themselves, go to the toilet, and eat at a central dining facility.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

These types of communities provide a wide range of options for the senior from independent homes, assisted living apartments, or nursing homes. These options may be important for some seniors because they know that the one community can provide all of the care needed as one ages. These types of services may be especially good for couples where different levels of care are needed. Living in these communities can be expensive.

Nursing Homes

People needing fulltime medical care plus meals along with 24 hour supervision may need to be placed in a nursing home. A nursing home is considered the highest level of care outside of a hospital. Nursing home care may be necessary temporarily after a hospitalization and until the person can complete rehabilitation. Nursing homes can be classified as either intermediate or skilled. Your primary care provider or geriatric care manager can help you decide which type of facility is best for your loved one.

Hospice Care

Hospice care provides a unique type of nursing care for patients with terminal illnesses. Patients can decide if they want this care within their own home or at a hospice facility. Hospice providers can help the patient and their loved ones achieve the most in a person’s final stage of life. Hospice care is expensive but insurance may cover most or all of the costs.

The types of services provided by these facilities can overlap. Be sure to visit each facility of interest and verify what services are provided.

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