What Level Of Care Is Right For You
For seniors in Denver, there’s a wide range of choices for living options, which could become overwhelming.
The levels of care for seniors include the following:
- independent living
- assisted living
- memory care
- nursing care (skilled nursing facilities / nursing homes)
Which level of care is right for you? That’s an intensely personal decision that, ideally, will be made in conjunction with family members and/or someone who’s close to you.
Here are some factors to consider:
Your Needs Today
What are your needs today – that’s the first thing to consider. How much, if any, help do you need with daily tasks? How much healthcare support do you need? How much socializing and activities do you need? What type of assistance with medications do you need? Your needs should come first, with your wants or desires following closely behind.
Your Needs Tomorrow
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what you need today, much less try to predict what the future will bring. But, as best you can, try to anticipate what you might need or want a year from now, two years from now, or even further ahead. If you don’t mind moving more than once, this consideration is less important. For example, you can pick an independent living community that perfectly suits your needs and worry about finding an assisted living facility if or when the time comes.
Structure Of The Community Or Facility
To plan for today and tomorrow, you might be tempted to choose a multi-level care community in Denver, and these are some great communities out there. If you’re evaluating multi-level care communities, however, it’s important to pay attention to how many units are in each level of care. For example, if the community offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care, are most of the units in independent living? Or assisted living? Or memory care? As much as possible, you’ll want to be surrounded by people who are at the same level as you – in terms of health, memory, and socializing. You don’t necessarily want to be the most active and able-bodied senior in the community, nor do you want to be the least.
If you’re at a crossroads – unable to decide – don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. This can come from family members and close friends who know you well, or from a physician or other healthcare provider. You can also get helpful input from staff at the facilities and communities you choose to visit. Some facilities and communities may even require an assessment (which is typically done at no charge) to make sure that you’ll fit in well and/or to determine what level of care you’ll need to receive on a daily basis.
Make A Short List And Schedule Some Tours
Admittedly, the process of deciding to leave your home or relocate to a different senior community can be draining – physically, mentally, and emotionally. To make the process as easy as possible, make a short list of facilities you’d like to visit, three to five places at the most. You can either drop by or call ahead and schedule a tour of each of your top choices.
On this website, we’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and interviewing staff members at senior living communities and facilities, taking photos, and compiling information so that it’s easy to read and understand. Hopefully, our efforts have made the upfront research process easier, but there’s, nothing quite like going to a facility or community to get a feel for the place. Once there, you might find something you love (or hate) about the place, in which case, you can move in (or move on).
Best of luck with your search – there is a place out there that’s perfect for you!