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Joyce A. Benton
Marketing Coordinator Evergreen Place, Normal, IL


This article was submitted by Joyce A. Benton to Healthy Cells.


As members of the Baby Boom generation age, the demand increases for reliable information about senior living and healthcare options. There are numerous choices for the care of an elderly loved one. Let’s take a look at some of the options.



Staying at Home
Many older adults would say that staying at home and living independently as long as possible is the most desirable option. However, their caregivers – often their adult children – may experience physical and emotional stress. Outside services such as home health care, adult day care and respite care can help to alleviate stress and ensure the best possible quality care. Respite care gives caregivers a much-needed break so that they can take a vacation or attend to other matters. An outside service will provide care in the home or the senior will stay in a nursing home, assisted living facility or independent living facility for a short time. The length of stay will depend on the need. Respite care is a good resource and a matter of necessity for those who provide care around the clock.


Independent Living
Independent living is also referred to as retirement living. Seniors live in an apartment where they are free to come and go. They continue their involvement in community activities and maintain their well being while on their own. Depending on the facility, one to three meals are served daily in a main dining area. Housekeeping services are provided at least once a week. The burden of maintaining a home is lifted. Each independent living facility offers amenities varying in number and cost. Some charge security deposits, community living fees or admission fees. If health care needs arise or escalate, home health agencies can also be utilized.


Assisted Living
Assisted Living is for seniors who want to maintain independence while also receiving some assistance with activities of daily living. Residents have their own apartment and are free to come and go as long as they are able. Most assisted living facilities provide three meals each day, caregiver services, medication reminders and professional nursing services. Assistance will also be available with bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence care and laundry service. The senior’s physician is typically involved in the admission process. When looking for an assisted living facility, make sure it is licensed with the state. This ensures that the proper care is provided. Residents and/or their family members are responsible for paying for assisted living. Long term care insurance policies may cover a portion of the cost.


Rehab to Home
In the past, older people would spend extended periods of time in a hospital for rehabilitation following surgery, serious illness or injury. That is no longer the case; patients are discharged from the hospital much sooner. Older adults benefit by staying temporarily in a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation before they return home, typically for no longer than three months. Skilled nursing facilities employ registered nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), certified aides and certified therapists who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents have access to physical, occupational and speech therapy. They re-learn motor skills and activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and cooking. The resident’s physician writes prescriptions as necessary and works with the facility to develop a therapy plan. Often, rehab to home services will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.


Long Term Care
Long term care in a nursing home is appropriate for the senior who can no longer manage medical needs at home. The resident’s physician may continue to supervise his or her care, or the facility may employ a medical director who oversees medical needs. Some facilities have specialty care units for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Licensed nursing staff members provide 24-hour care. Payment options include private pay, Medicaid and long-term care insurance, depending on the individual’s situation and the facility’s certification.


Making the Best Choice
Researching all the available options is the best way to make an educated decision. Call and request information from the facilities you are considering. Take a tour. Talk to people in the community, ask social service agencies about the facilities you are considering and use resources available online. There are alternatives and options available for every imaginable situation and there are many high-quality facilities and compassionate, well qualified staff members to care for the growing number of older adults in the US. If you have additional questions about senior living opportunities and healthcare options, please contact Joyce Benton at Evergreen Place: 309/451-9355.


Heritage Enterprises Inc. 

115 W. Jefferson St., Suite 401
P.O. Box 3188
Bloomington IL 61702-3188
PH: (309) 828-4361
FAX: (309) 829-5477

Heritage Operations Group is proud to provide the senior population in Illinois with rehabilitative therapy services, skilled nursing care, specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and supportive living, independent living and pharmacy services.


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