Finding the proper place for an aging loved one can be stressful. There are so many senior care options available, so filtering through all those choices to find the right one can be overwhelming and time-consuming, but that’s where we come in. At Assisted Living Locators of Northern Virginia, we pride ourselves in knowing the best senior living communities throughout Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas.
Here is a description of the different senior living types. Need help finding the best senior living options? Contact us today.
Assisted living is an excellent option for seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, grooming, dressing, ambulating, and toileting. While caregivers are present 24/7 to help as needed, seniors can be as independent as they want to be in assisted living. Assisted living services include, but are not limited to, three meals + snacks, assistance with ADLs, medication management, housekeeping and laundry, transportation to appointments, 24-hour supervision, and social activities.Learn More
Memory care communities offer services similar to an assisted living environment, with the addition of secured entrances, added memory care services, and activities designed for those with diagnoses that affect mental processing, like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Memory care communities have at least one nurse present on-site 24/7, and their staff-to-resident ratio is higher than traditional assisted living communities.Learn More
Independent living communities are designed for seniors age 55+. Residents live in their apartment or garden home but have access to services such as meal preparation, housekeeping, activities, transportation, and more. Caregiving services are not standard in many independent living communities, although some will offer such services at an additional cost. The cost of independent living varies depending on amenities provided, location, and apartment size. While the rental structure can differ, most independent living communities will offer a term lease, a month-to-month lease, or an entry fee with monthly service fees.Learn More
In-home care services can include medical care and non-medical custodial care. Non-medical home care is the most common type of home care, and it involves caregivers coming to an individual’s home to help with daily activities and provide companionship. Medical home care, also called private duty nursing, offers long-term nursing care at home to adults who have specific medical needs that require continual care. Home health care is a short-term service provided with a physician’s prescribed order when a senior needs medical services from a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or speech-language therapist.Learn More
Nursing homes provide residents with permanent, daily custodial care and limited medical care. These communities offer health professionals, nurses, meals and snacks, assistance with activities of daily living, 24/7 care, and more. Many nursing homes also have specially equipped units for residents with memory care needs, like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In Virginia, long-term nursing home care is frequently covered by Medicaid for qualified adults who cannot afford the cost of the care.Learn More