Understanding the Range of Service Care Services in Colorado

colorado-seniorsIn our work with adult children in and around Fort Collins Colorado, we often hear a lot of the same questions. Many adult children are just beginning to accept that an aging parent needs help. The problem is understanding what kind of support they need and who the best care providers in their local communities are. We thought it might help Colorado caregivers if we provider a quick overview of the variety of senior care options that are available.


Understanding Senior Care Options

  • Alzheimer's Care Community:  These types of care communities are designed especially for seniors who have Alzheimer's disease or a related form dementia. They offer a secure environment, safe outdoor walking areas, specialized life enrichment programming,and employees trained to assist people with Alzheimer's.

  • Assisted Living Community:  These professionally managed communities are for people who require more care and/or supervision than they can get at home. Many people believe they are the best of both worlds in that they offer security while allowing residents to maintain as much independence as possible. Residents of assisted living receive dining services, social activities, transportation and around-the-clock assistance from trained caregivers and/or clinical staff.

  • Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC): A CCRC is campus environment that offers each level of senior care from independent living to a nursing home. Many also provide specialized Alzheimer’s care, hospice and home care services. Providing the full continuum of care usually allows residents to remain in their same apartment or community as their medical needs change.

  • Home Health Care:  This type of skilled care is delivered in the privacy of the senior’s own home. Services typically offered include skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.

  • Home Care:  Seniors use home care services to maintain their independence allowing them to remain safe in their own home. Home care staff can assist with meal preparations, light housekeeping, laundry, companionship, personal care and a variety of other needs.

  • Hospice Care: An interdisciplinary approach to care that helps manage the pain and symptoms of a life-limiting illness. Services usually include nurses, aides, spiritual care, massage therapy, music therapy and more. Hospice also provides spiritual care and bereavement support to the family.

  • Independent Living Community: A senior living option that focuses on lifestyle and worry-free living. Residents enjoy life enrichment programming, health and wellness programs, and peace-of-mind.

  • Nursing Home:  A residential care community where seniors have access to nursing care at all hours of the day and night. Nursing homes also provide residents with meals, group activities, therapy and basic medical and rehabilitative services.

  • Outpatient Rehab: Outpatient therapy can be a clinic located at a hospital, skilled nursing center, or a stand-alone site. Patients travel to the clinic for therapy and return home afterwards. Outpatient rehab services usually include physical, occupational and speech therapy. Some outpatient rehab centers also offer aquatic therapy.

  • Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center: These short-term rehab centers offer therapy and nursing services that focus on helping patients who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery rehabilitate and return home. Many skilled nursing centers also have a long-term care unit or wing for residents who need around the clock care on a permanent basis.

We hope this overview helps you gain a basic understanding of the wide variety of care that is available to support an aging loved one.

If you need advice and guidance in finding the best senior care provider for a senior loved one in Greeley, Fort Collins, or Larimer counties in Colorado, please keep Seniors in Transition in mind.

From personal care needs and case management to guardianship concerns, Seniors in Transition provides consulting services to help families turn frustrating health care problems into quality, affordable solutions. Seniors in Transition is here to help families in the Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO areas. Visit our website at www.seniorsintrans.com or call 970.204.6977,  today.


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