There was a time when you could expect a one-size-fits-all approach to the care provided in senior living. But as we’re living longer, more active lives than ever before, it only makes sense that senior living communities keep up with care options that are as diverse as the needs of their residents. That’s why today, senior living communities in Somerset County offer different levels of care for specific wants and needs to give you or your loved one the benefits that only a more personalized experience can. From housing options for seniors who can live independently to support when you need it to care for those with dementia to respite care, here’s what’s available to you or your loved one.
The types of care provided in senior living communities
This option for senior living is more about lifestyle than care, as it is ideal for active seniors who can still live independently but seek a vibrant social community without the hassle of chores and home upkeep.
In independent living, you can typically expect the following:
- A range of floor plans, including studio, one and two-bedroom apartment suites
- Maintenance-free living that includes 24-hour staffing, restaurant-style dining, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and transportation
- A variety of social opportunities, activities, and clubs
- Amenities that include concierge services, a fitness center, a library, and an onsite beauty salon/barbershop
Typically, onsite medical care and assistance with activities of daily living are not offered in independent living.
While it offers many of the same services and amenities as independent living, when it comes to the care provided in this senior living option, assisted living residents also benefit from support as needed. For example, in our communities, we offer just the right amount of support to remain as independent as possible while enjoying an engaging, purposeful life.
In assisted living, you can typically expect the following:
- Care staff is available 24/7, and a registered nursing team is onsite
- Personalized support with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, and safely navigating the community
- The comfort of a homelike setting without worrying about home upkeep, cooking, cleaning, and yard maintenance
- Features that include spacious, private accommodations, fitness center, library, and onsite beauty salon/barbershop
- Daily social opportunities through a range of scheduled programs, activities, and outings
Keep in mind that while assisted living offers support services, it typically does not provide the specialized care needed for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, incontinence, or chronic health issues that require round-the-clock care.
Of all the options for care provided in senior living, memory care is the most specific as it is designed to nurture and support those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia exclusively.
In memory care, you can typically expect the following:
- Staff is specially trained in the needs and challenges of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia
- An individualized care plan with 24-hour supervision from onsite care staff and a registered nursing team
- A secure, calming environment with contrasting color schemes and simple designs that are easier to navigate
- Therapy, a structured daily routine, and programs with social opportunities tailored to each resident’s cognitive abilities
- Features that include comfortable apartment-style accommodations, housekeeping, and linen service, as well as emergency call systems and health monitoring
Sometimes you need a temporary option for senior living in Somerset County to give caregivers a break, to support recovery after an illness or injury, or simply to try out what life is like in a community setting. This type of care provided in senior living is known as respite care.
In respite care, you can typically expect the following:
- A short-term stay of 30 days or more
- Private, furnished suite with three meals a day, social activities, and access to amenities
- Support with activities of daily living from onsite care staff
Planning for the care you need in senior living for today and tomorrow
When considering the care provided in senior living, we recommend planning not just for today but tomorrow as well. One of the best ways to do this is to look at senior living in Somerset County, which offers more than one level of care on the same campus. This has benefits such as:
- Being able to stay with friends and in the comfort of familiar surroundings as your health needs evolve instead of moving from place to place.
- Being able to maintain continuity in the care provided in senior living offers invaluable peace of mind for our residents and their families.