Senior Care: What NOT To Do
Senior care is important, so when first learning about it or setting it up, it’s important to avoid as many mistakes as possible; here’s what not to do.
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Don’t Get Confused By The Many Similar-Sounding Terms.
It’s natural to get confused when you first start reading up on senior care. For example, what’s the difference between an “assisted living community”, “independent living community”, and a “nursing home”? They sound similar, but there are significant differences between them.
Terms such as “senior care facility” and “long-term care center” are umbrella ones. All the above communities are all different types of senior care centers. An independent living community, which can also be called a retirement home, doesn’t offer care directly to the residents. Seniors live in these communities and enjoy convenient and social lives. The staff manage cleaning, landscaping, maintenance, and sometimes cooking.
Nursing homes are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Nursing home residents typically have high-level needs and can’t manage their lives or make informed decisions about their care all on their own. Therefore, they need a lot of personal care.
Residents of assisted living communities are in between. The aim of assisted living is to balance care and independence. Residents receive care, but they can still have the autonomy to manage their own lives. Always Best Care of Thousand Oaks provides assisted living placement consultations to help seniors and families find the best community for them in Conejo Valley.
Don’t Assume In-Home Care Is Unrealistic.
If moving into a senior living community isn’t the right option for your family, you can choose in-home care. In-home caregivers visit seniors in their own Conejo Valley homes and provide a range of care services. If a senior already has their own home in Conejo Valley, then in-home care is likely the more convenient option. And while convenience often costs extra in life, that’s not the case here. In-home care is often more affordable than moving into a long-term care community.
Don’t Go With A One-Size-Fits-All Plan.
With Always Best Care of Thousand Oaks’s home care services, you can get all the care you need in your own home with a personalized plan of care. We’ll tailor a plan to you and your needs and wants. One-size-fits-all care packages aren’t great and they require you to pay for services you don’t need. We categorize our care services as personal care, home helper services, or companionship services.
Contact Always Best Care Of Thousand Oaks For A Free Consultation.
If you’d like to learn more about our senior care services in Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, West Hills, Winnetka, Hidden Hills, Woodland Hills, Newbury Park, and Casa Conejo, please get in touch with us via our website, or call us at (805) 285-5251.