In a large metropolitan area, such as Phoenix, Arizona, there are many senior care options. Lets look at some of the options that are available for senior care in the North Phoenix area. The first and perhaps best known option is the assisted living community. Assisted living communities provide apartment style living with supplemental caregivers to help residents with day to day activities of daily living. These include: bathing, meal preparation, medication management, and other help that their residents might require. The drawback of assisted living is that it can be quite expensive and sometimes these communities cannot care for those patients who need more intensive care.
Senior care in North Phoenix can also be found at residential care homes, sometimes also known as group homes. These homes provide a family home style setting combined with 24 hour medical care. They make a great choice for anyone who cannot afford assisted living, or has medical needs that rise above what assisted living is able to provide for. Also, for speakers of certain languages, it is sometimes possible to find a home where the caregivers speak the patients’ native tongue. For those who do not fit into the box at an assisted living facility, residential care homes can be a great option.
For those requiring 24 hour care for acute medical conditions, skilled nursing homes are usually the best option. Skilled nursing provides 24 hour care from licensed RN’s and can help people whose health is failing. The downside is that these homes are very expensive, and medicare only pays for them for a limited amount of time. Nevertheless, when skilled nursing is needed, it is important to get the best care, which these communities provide.
Another option for care in North Phoenix is in home care. The great thing about in home care is that the patient can remain in the home that they currently live in. This is a huge plus for many of our patients. However, this can sometimes become expensive, an in home caregivers are not with the patients all the time as they would be in any of the other residential care settings. For those who don’t need much care, but just a little bit of help, in home care can be a great option.
If you are considering any of these options, please contact Senior Planning or another professional agency to help you with you decision. It is always good to check and see if you are able to enroll in state programs as well. Senior Planning also provides background reviews on all the communities and services in the state, so you can be assured that you are not choosing a bad option. If you decide not to work with a professional agency, just make sure that you do your background research to make sure that your loved one will get the care that they need and make a decision that they are happy with.