There are typically three (3) different types of elderly care options available for people who either choose not to live in an isolated situation, cannot live on their own without help, or cannot live on their own even with help. The first level of elderly care is called independent living. This is the closest option that an elderly person can come to living in their own house or apartment. In essence, an independent living community is perfect for older people that still have the ability to clean their homes and themselves, drive, cook, take medications and perform other daily tasks.
However, people who live in independent living facilities prefer to be around other people their own age. They also want to be in a program that makes it easy and simple to transform to a more care driven situation as they age and or become less independent. For example, an independent living resident will need to reside in an assisted living facility once they start needing help with daily tasks. In essence, if the elderly person needs help grooming each day, or can no longer cook for themselves, it makes sense to step up into an assisted living facility.
The bottom line is that caregivers are available on a 24/7 basis. In addition, assisted living facilities have activities, a social community, and group dining options. However, once the patient requires the highest level of care besides a hospital, it’s time to move into a skilled nursing facility, also known as a nursing home. Although nursing homes help patients with their daily care needs, they are also a good living option for patients who also need high levels of medical based care. In essence, a licensed doctor is ultimately responsible for the care of each patient.
In addition, other medical professionals, such as nurses, nurse assistants, physical therapists, and occupational therapists also work at the facility. Nursing homes are also a good elderly care choice for patients who have had recent health related developments that prevent them from living on their own or in the care of a loved one on a temporary basis. For example, older victims of strokes are good candidates for nursing homes, especially if they can return to their home or assisted living care facility if and when they recover.
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Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Skilled Care is the leading non-profit skilled nursing facility in Northeast Connecticut. We are proud to receive top national rankings and the highest five-star rating from Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare. Our dedicated staff combines renowned care and exceptional nursing skills with a holistic approach. We fully realize that the restoration of your health and well-being after an illness, operation, or injury can be incredibly difficult.
Our long term care features attention to the whole person, assuring individualized care for fullness of living, spiritual welfare, and providing a sense of community with enriching programming. We invite you to learn more about our special smoke-free facility as you consider your own or a loved one’s needs.