Senior Living Options in Central Florida. What are my options?
Feeling confused and overwhelmed when locating a senior living community is common for most people. There is so much information to know and learn. It’s crucial to understand the differences between the senior living options so you know which place best fits the needs of your loved one. Although there are many housing options available, assisted living, memory care, and nursing homes are the three main options available to you.
Assisted Living communities are designed for seniors who can no longer live on their own that need assistance with managing medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping. Keep in mind there are large and small assisted living facilities. In the large facilities, residents can live in private or shared rooms which frequently have a small kitchenettes attached and receive restaurant style meals. Staff is available 24 hours per day to ensure resident safety and engage in physical activity. Most assisted living communities provide at least a standard license, but there are two other licenses they can have. Lively activities are performed by the activities director such as indoor bowling, painting, movie nights, and even socials. Scheduled transportation to outings and are also available in most communities for grocery shopping, dinners, and more. In the smaller residential assisted living homes, residents get a warm family environment. There are typically no more than 6 residents and caregivers provide assistance around the clock. This option is good for those who may get overwhelmed in a large community.
There are numerous senior housing options for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s available called memory care facilities. Most of these living environments have secured or locked units to ensure their residents are safe. With memory impaired residents, these communities offer 24-hour support from caregivers and structure activities to ensure a high quality of life such as incorporating music therapy to their residents. Sutton Homes is a strong believer in music and performing lively activities. Their small, intimate residential homes are perfect for those with memory impairments because of how familiar they feel being in a similar home they once resided in. Many families try to care for their loved ones in their own home, but this can be extremely difficult given the caregiving skills required as well as securing your home to ensure your loved one does not leave and get lost. Sutton Homes is located in Central Florida and can provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care from our trained professionals and secured homes.
Nursing homes provide around the clock nursing care for seniors and individuals who require a higher level of skilled nursing assistance and medical care than what an assisted living or memory care facility can offer. Most nursing homes provide short-term rehabilitative stays for those recovering from an injury, illness or surgery that were recently in a hospital. Long-term care residents generally have high care needs and complex medical conditions that require routine skilled nursing services not available in an assisted living facility. They also perform activities for residents to encourage physical activity.
We would love to have you visit one or more of our homes for a tour! You will have the opportunity to compare our small memory care home to a larger community. Contact us for a tour!
I felt the Sutton Homes staff met my mother’s “every need.” I always felt she was in the most patient, gentle, and caring hands.C.A. Johnson, Son, Winter Park