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What Level of Senior Living is Right for You or Someone You Love?

March 15, 2023

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If you are beginning your search for senior living care, it may be surprising to learn that many levels are available. While there is a common belief that senior living is just one type of housing designed for older adults, this is a blanket term used to describe several care services.

With this being said, so many types to choose from can be overwhelming, especially if you do not know where to begin your search. Lucky for you, our team at Franciscan Ministries is here for you. With senior living communities in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, we want to help you better understand the different levels of senior living by highlighting each one.

Independent Living

Independent living is just as it sounds. This lifestyle option is designed for older adults who wish to simplify their lives by not having to worry about the responsibilities that come with homeownership or living in a private residence.

For example, independent living enables individuals to trade home maintenance chores and cleaning tasks for hobbies and relaxation. Instead of spending the day cooking or mowing the lawn, residents of an independent living community are free to spend their time pursuing their interests, making new friends or simply relaxing.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is designed for individuals who need or could benefit from additional support with daily tasks. It benefits older adults by providing support in their daily routine while encouraging independence and safety.

Our assisted senior living communities in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio offer comfortable, home-like environments balanced with the right support. At Franciscan Ministries, we believe that assisted living means being able to continue enjoying what you want when you want. As such, we also offer a variety of programs and activities to strengthen the body and mind, no matter the level of capability.

Memory Care & Support

Memory care services are designed for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another type of memory impairment. Because these conditions affect each individual differently, memory care services are customized to every resident. However, specialized programs and therapies are provided to promote physical and mental stimulation and delay the condition’s progression.

In our Franciscan Communities, individuals receive 24-hour care services in a comfortable and secure environment, providing dignity and respect to individuals as well as peace of mind for their families.

Skilled Nursing Care and Rehabilitation

“Skilled care is nursing and therapy care that can only be safely and effectively performed by, or under the supervision of, professionals or technical personnel. It’s health care given when you need skilled nursing or skilled therapy to treat, manage, and observe your condition, and evaluate your care (”

Skilled nursing care provides 24-hour monitoring and nursing care along with physical, occupational and speech therapies to manage or treat a person’s chronic condition, injury or illness.

At Franciscan Ministries, our team of experienced and licensed care professionals provides a comfortable and healing environment to help individuals recover. In addition, we work directly with each person’s physician to ensure their needs are being met each step of the way.

How to Decide Which Level is Right for You

In order to determine which level of senior living care is the best for you or someone you love, you have to take a close look at needs and lifestyle preferences.

For example, are you active and independent but would benefit from more socialization opportunities and less home maintenance? If so, independent living could be the right option. On the other hand, if your loved one needs assistance with the activities of daily living, assisted living may be a better fit.

There is a level of senior living that is right for everyone. At Franciscan Communities, we customize care plans to cater our services to each individual, allowing our team to care for the whole person.

We invite you to visit our website or contact a member of our team to learn more about what we offer in each of our senior living communities in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.