Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities have rooms or apartments. They're for people who can mostly take care of themselves, but may need some help. Some assisted living facilities have special dementia units. These units have staff who check on and care for people with dementia. You will need to pay for the cost of the room or apartment, and you may need to pay extra for any special care. Some assisted living facilities are part of a larger organization that also offers other levels of care. For example, continuing care retirement communities also offer independent living and skilled nursing care.
A group home is a home for people who can no longer take care of themselves. Several people who can't care for themselves live in the home. At least one caregiver is onsite at all times. The staff takes care of the people living there: making meals, helping with grooming and medication, and providing other care. You will need to pay the costs of the person living in this kind of home. Remember that these homes may not be inspected or regulated, but may still provide good care.
Check out the home and the staff. Visit at different times of the day and evening to see how the staff takes care of the residents. Also check to see how clean and comfortable the home is. You'll want to look at how the residents get along with one another and with the staff.
Nursing homes are for people who can't care for themselves anymore. Some nursing homes have special dementia care units. These units are often in separate sections of the building where staff members have special training to care for people with dementia. Some units try to make the person feel more like he or she is at home. They provide special activities, meals, and medical care.
In many cases, you will have to pay for nursing home care. Most nursing homes accept Medicaid as payment. Also, long-term care insurance may cover some of the nursing home costs. Nursing homes are inspected and regulated by State governments.