When looking for additional care for your older loved one, you may find it difficult to understand the differences between assisted living homes and managed care. We hope to help you with the following information.
About Assisted Living Homes
Assisted living usually involves a community. Each person who lives in the community lives independently in their own home, but they have assistance nearby if needed.
When someone joins an assisted living homes community, they are part of a program. This program will assess the resident’s needs and come up with a plan based on those needs.
For instance, if someone simply needs meals and medication monitoring, the staff will deliver meals and check on whether medication has been taken correctly. If the person needs more assistance, it can be given up to the level the community provides.
The goal assisted living homes and communities is to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible.
About Managed Care
Managed care helps people remain in their own homes with services. This may be home care or adult day care services.
People who are in need of help living in their home, but do not need 24 hour assistance, are best suited for this type of program. The person’s needs are assessed just like in assisted living, but they do not have to move to a community. They simply have people come to their own home to help them.
Managed care may include nurse visits to check vitals and medications. A senior care specialist may also visit to pick up and clean the home, as well as help the older individuals with bath and hygiene tasks. Also meals may be delivered, and transportation may be scheduled for medical appointments.
The Main Differences Between Assisted Living Homes and Managed Care
The main differences between assisted living and managed care are:
● Assisted living homes provide assistance 24 hours a day – managed care only provides drop-in home services.
● Older individuals have to move out of their home for assisted living, but can stay in their home for managed care.
As you can see, these two options are similar, but differ in big ways. It really has to do with the level of independence someone is able to have while still remaining safe and healthy. Knowing what that level is can be difficult. Getting recommendations from a professional is often the best thing when trying to make this important decision.
ElderCare Connections Helps You Make Informed Decisions
Deciding on senior housing, whether assisted living homes or managed care is right for your older loved one depends on his/her needs and can be difficult to understand which is best. ElderCare Connections provides specialists ready to help you understand which type of assistance will provide your loved one with the care needed to live this stage of life with as much freedom as possible while remaining safe and healthy.
Our placement and referral services are free. So give us a call today at 513-685-8998 or complete the contact us form.