Levels of Care
In healthcare communities, one of the first questions we typically ask is, “What kind of care is needed?” But it can be difficult to answer this question, given the variety of care levels available and their respective definitions. Start here, but don’t hesitate to reach out to Carillon for more information and a free assessment of which care level is most appropriate.
Within a retirement community, independent living refers to a maintenance-free lifestyle accompanied by access to a variety of services and amenities. Residents typically receive meals, housekeeping, maintenance, transportation, security, life enrichment activities and more in exchange for a monthly fee. Living options may range from one bedroom apartments to luxury townhomes and villas. Communities focus on social and wellness activities to provide residents with optimal quality of life. In independent living, nursing services are not provided as part of the service package.
Assisted living describes a time when residents begin to need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs): bathing, personal grooming, dressing, toilet hygiene, functional mobility (offered referred to as “transferring”), medicating, and eating. The state of Texas regulates a type “A” assisted living for residents who can exit the building in an emergency within 13 minutes, unassisted. Type “B” residents can only require the assistance of one caregiver for transferring or mobility assistance. In both levels of care, the nursing staff is available to assist with ADLs.
Skilled Nursing Facility
The term Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) replaced what many remember as a “nursing home.” Today’s facilities are very different, with building designs that are inviting and homelike, and caregivers who focus on maintaining one’s dignity through person-centered care. Nurses are available 24/7 to assist with all activities of daily living. Within a SNF, you may find long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and/or memory care. Memory care facilities can gain state certification by offering secure environments and increased staffing ratios to accommodate patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive deficits.
Rehabilitation is available for short-term patients who benefit from observation and therapy, including physical, occupational, speech and aquatic, following a hospital stay or surgery. This could be a result of a knee or hip replacement, or a heart attack or stroke, as examples. The cost and length of stay are dependent on your individual insurance coverage.