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February 25, 2014

Seniors Have Many Options for Elder Care Services

Today's seniors and their families have many options to choose from for elder care services to meet a wide range of health care needs and level of independence.

With advances in health care technology and seniors' changing preferences, more elder care services today can be provided in the comfort of seniors' own homes.

In-Home Elder Care

Comfort Keepers®, for instance, offers a variety of technology solutions that can be used in conjunction with traditional in-home elder care services to enhance the safety and security of seniors who choose to continue living at home--often by themselves, except for periodic visits by a caregiver.

Some seniors need only companionship and assistance with housekeeping and some personal care tasks, while others also need skilled health care services to manage chronic illnesses or to provide recuperative care following a hospital stay. Comfort Keepers provides nonmedical elder care services but can partner with home health care providers to provide a broader scope of in-home elder care services that a senior may need.

Adult Day Care

Adult day care centers provide seniors a safe, welcoming day-time environment where they can stay while family caregivers are at work. These centers offer a full spectrum of activities and services to promote the physical, mental and emotional health of seniors.

Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) provide multiple levels of elder care services on one campus. CCRCs include independent living apartments, as well as rehabilitation, assisted living and skilled nursing care to serve the changing needs of seniors.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities provide a safe environment for seniors who don't require the full-time medical services of a nursing home but do need some assistance with activities of daily living, such as housekeeping, meals, medication reminders and personal care assistance. Assisted living facilities also offer activities programming. Health services can be arranged as needed.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, also referred to as skilled nursing facilities, serve seniors who have chronic medical conditions and are unable to care for themselves. They provide 24/7 medical care, physical, speech and occupational therapy, activities programming and help with activities of daily living. Many nursing homes have specialized units for the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and offer short-term rehabilitation to prepare seniors to return home following a hospital stay.

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