As your grandparent, parent, aunt or uncle, etc. ages, one serious task you may face is searching for the perfect situation offering the best long-term care options possible. To accommodate retirement age individuals of varying abilities, assisted living communities, personal care homes, and more exist today. If you’re just starting your search, however, and you’re wondering about the differences that apply to communities offering personal care vs assisted living, it can seem overwhelming.
For those in their golden years looking for residential care, there are numerous alternatives. While not all states offer personal care homes, Georgia does. It also, however, offers opportunities for independent and/or assisted lifestyles. Though, at first glance, “assisted living” and “personal care homes” may seem synonymous, that’s not exactly true.
Let’s take a look at each so you can make a better-informed decision as to where you or a loved one may soon wish to live.
For retirement age individuals who need assistance with daily life activities, assisted living may seem like the only option. This is not the case, however. For those who are lonely living at home and/or find themselves needing a bit of assistance, personal care homes are ideal. The kind of person who may love to call this place home would be one who needs a bit of extra care but is still seeking socialization and isn’t particularly fond of the idea of living in a large independent living community (or can’t).
The features available in assisted living communities and personal care communities are, for the most part, very similar. Apartment layouts might even be alike, to a point. There is a community to actively participate in, friends or neighbors for a friendly chat, and meals prepared and served with care.
To help manage medication, assistance with daily living activities, and more, caregivers are always available. However, in certain personal care settings, there are precise situations not allowed to be taken care of by team members due to federal and/or state regulations. This can include ambulation assistance, extensive transfer assistance, catheter care, and more. To help with these extra duties, private caregivers may be hired by the family of an individual. If the idea of hiring an additional caregiver is unappealing, it may be time to look into assisted living.
For many retirement age individuals, the long term care option that suits them best is assisted living. Frequently, these individuals or couples live in apartments outfitted with bedrooms, living rooms, and small kitchens. While keeping neighbors and caregivers nearby, these living spaces encourage dignity and independence through various apartment layouts.
Numerous amenities are available in this situation which can include three delicious and nutritious meals prepared and served per day, transportation services, housekeeping/maintenance services, and more. Additionally, so residents can socialize, learn, and connect, a vast array of activities and events fill the calendars of community residents.
Here, there are extensive health care options available. Catheter care, medication management, assistance with daily living activities, assistance in ambulation, and more, can be provided by the nursing team and caregivers in an assisted living community. A distinct focus on aging in place is evident in assisted living communities. Here, during their golden years, the need for moving from location to location is minimized greatly.
For The Best in Personal Care and More – Discovery Village At Sugarloaf
Brought to you by Discovery Senior Living, Discovery Village At Sugarloaf provides the very best of personalized care services. With retirement age lifestyle programs to deliver an outstanding experience, there are also numerous resort-like amenities. Located in Suwanee, near Atlanta, Georgia, the surrounding area is full of southern charm. It is a bustling town full of life, yet quaint at the same time.
This community offers numerous opportunities for socialization with events, day trips, entertainment, and more. Team members are plentiful, personable, and highly educated. The meals are nutritious, delicious, and served in a setting that rivals some five-star restaurants. Dine with friends, attend events, watch movies, and enjoy numerous exciting activities. We also offer a beauty salon with a barbershop, a bistro and clubroom, fitness center, and a zero-entry heated pool.
Schedule a visit to Discovery Village At Sugarloaf today. If you prefer, you can call us at 470.207.3392.