Understanding the Levels of Care
When searching for a retirement community, it’s important to find a facility that can meet your changing needs over time. As a continuing care retirement community, Maple Knoll Village offers all levels of care including: Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing.
Understanding the different senior living levels of care available is the first step in making the decision best suited for yourself or your loved one as they continue to live their life to the fullest. To learn more about which level of care may be best suited for you or your loved one, please call us at (513) 782-2717.
Independent Living communities are best suited to seniors who are living an independent, self-sufficient life. They offer a carefree lifestyle, freeing residents of the many burdens of daily life.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to know if it’s time for you or your loved one to explore the possibility of an independent living community:
Maintaining a home can become a burden as you age. With a full-time maintenance, housekeeping, and landscaping staff, housework and yardwork are no longer a burden.
The more isolated you are, the greater your risk for depression and other mental health problems. Independent living communities can give you a built-in social network of peers.
You may find yourself relying more on family members as you begin to feel less comfortable with driving. Independent Living communities provide transportation options both on and off campus.
Moving to an independent living community that provides a full continuum of care while you are still independent can help prolong your independence and give you peace of mind knowing you have help should you need it.
Assisted Living is a combination of personalized assistance services and care tailored to the individual who requires some form of help with activities of daily living. In assisted living communities, you will find more support services such as assistance with bathing, grooming, medication, and dressing while still enjoying your independence.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to know if it’s time for you or your loved one to explore the possibility of an assisted living community:
- Do you rely on assistance from family and friends for activities of daily living such as hygiene, medication reminders, meal preparation, or getting dressed?
- Have you noticed an increase in accidents?
- Do you struggle to move throughout your home?
- Do you forget to turn off certain household appliances such as the stove or oven?
Skilled nursing facilities are short-term and long-term residences that focus more heavily on medical assistance for those with chronic illnesses, injuries, or individuals that require 24-hour supervised care.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to know if it’s time for your loved one to explore the possibility of an skilled nursing facility:
- Is your loved one recovering from an injury, stroke, or surgery?
- Does your loved one need access to 24-hour skilled care?
- Does your loved one have a complex, progressive, or cognitive health condition?
- Is your loved one falling or having accidents frequently?
- Does your loved one have an increased difficulty feeding themselves or maintaining their dental health?
- Is your loved one bed-bound or unable to walk on their own?