Sorting through options: What senior care does my spouse need? If you’re a caregiving spouse who has been trying to make it work at home, doing the best you can, and utilizing all of the caregiving-at-home resources available, there may come a time when you know in your heart that you can’t do it alone anymore. Your spouse needs more care than you can provide at home. What then?
At Ebenezer, we have many senior living options for you to choose from for your spouse’s next chapter. It’s a matter of choosing the right level of care for your spouse based on his or her needs. But oftentimes for spouses, you’re not really sure what’s best. What’s the difference between independent living, cooperative living and assisted living? Is there a difference between memory care and skilled nursing facilities?
The good news is, you don’t have to make these decisions alone. The caring team at Ebenezer and Stonehaven of Eagan is here to help. We’ll be happy to sit down and discuss the different options we offer for senior living.
As you continue with your decision-making, here are some guidelines describing the levels of care available and the people to whom they’re targeted.
Understand the different types of senior living communities
Active 55+ or Independent Living
This is living in an apartment, townhome, condo or cooperative building that has been designed with the needs of seniors in mind. It’s about creating a convenient and maintenance-free lifestyle, along with a host of activities for social interaction among residents. One great advantage of this option is the ability to contract services within Ebenezer. If you are in a building that has the full continuum of living, this will allow you to “age in place” without the need to move if the need for care arises. These can be ideal for people who are active and wish to be around mutually supportive peers, but could use some oversight in case of medical emergencies.
Residents have their own apartment- or home-style living spaces, but staff regularly visit to assist with personal care and other support services. Amenities usually include meals, activities, housekeeping, laundry, exercise facilities, transportation and security. Medication administration may be available, but not skilled nursing. Your loved one may be ready for assisted living if they can no longer take care of day-to-day needs but don’t need 24-7 assistance.
This is like assisted living 2.0, with all the regular benefits plus an added level of skilled healthcare. Nurses are available 24-7 to help with residents’ needs, but residents maintain a level of independence above that of skilled nursing care communities.
These provide more skilled care by licensed professionals than people in independent or assisted living need. It’s health care support, with nurses present around the clock, for your loved ones. We strive to create a residence experience that is warm, caring and inviting, offering opportunities to participate in programs like Life Long Learning, Horticulture Therapy and more.
Ebenezer is Minnesota’s expert in memory care. We’re your trusted resource for personal services in your home or in one of our many beautiful memory care communities. We provide housing and resources for people living with memory loss, and our compassionate care is the industry leader.
Moving with your spouse. Yes, it’s an option!
Many caregiving spouses wait too long to move their loved one into a senior living community because the idea of separation is nearly unthinkable. You know your spouse needs more care than you can give them at home, but when they move, just like that, your lifetime of living together comes to an end. Does it really have to be that way? Not necessarily.
At Ebenezer, many couples with differing care needs live together in our assisted living communities. But it’s not simply a matter of moving from home to an apartment in which the caregiving spouse still shoulders all of the caregiving responsibilities on their own. It’s anything but. We provide support, resources and help with your loved one’s needs.
One great resource is our Journey Program. It’s designed for residents who are receiving assisted living services, giving them the opportunity for increased activities and socialization. It’s a win-win for the couple with differing care needs. The spouse who is living with dementia or other memory issues has the opportunity for increased activities and socialization in our memory care neighborhoods. It also can serve as a bridge for your spouse between assisted living and memory care, and help ease the transition when the time comes.
It gives the caregiving spouse a break, which is much needed. While your spouse is enjoying meaningful and engaging programming designed for his or her level of abilities, you can be enjoying one of the many activities available to our assisted living residents.
Another great resource for you is our Care Partner Support Groups. These support groups for caregivers provide an outlet, a sympathetic ear, and companionship with those who are also caregiving spouses.
Sorting through options: What senior care does my spouse need? Choosing the right level of care for your loved one can be a major challenge, since it will make such a major difference in the quality of life moving forward. Ask Marlie at Stonehaven of Eagan for help in navigating that process so you can make the best possible decision together.
Call us at 651-686-4366 for more information or fill out our contact us form today.