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Senior Services and Programs Offered in Retirement Homes

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Social Issues
 

Old age is the time for being cared. All your life you have put into generating income and it is the hour you deserve some respite from the hassles of living a stressful life. If you dream of an enjoyable retired life without the consideration of mundane living, you need to move into a retirement home. They have added a new dimension altogether to the retirement living. They offer a range of services and facilities to make the senior living smoother and more organized. Although the amenities and services vary with retirement homes, there are certain standard programs to which all of them stick to. Let us examine, what types of facilities are included in the common retirement home programs to make your living beautiful in your old age years.

In most of the retirement homes, you will get mainly two types of care: first, the personal cares and second the medical cares. The kind of care you desire should guide the choice of your retirement homes. The personal care or custodial cares are of different types and many of them may not be provided by independent living senior community in the home. They will be however available if you opt for kinds of assisted living. Personal care relates to various types of "ADL--activities of daily living. The commonest among them are: preparation of meal and laundry, help in feeding, help at the time of bathing and getting dressed. Many senior people may need personal care with regard to using toilets. Personal care also includes such matters as reminder for taking medicine and moving along the house. Personal care also stretches to finding out for the senior a suitable companion and arranging for participation in social and recreational activities.

Are you looking for retirement community living? You can get these following services as a result of being member of retirement community living:

Instead of preparing your lunch, you can share communal meals. You do not have to bother for housekeeping; it will be done by the community stuffs. You dirty linens will be cleaned by the community laundry service and some of your medical care will also be provided by the community itself. In addition to that by the virtue of being the member of a senior living community, you get such facilities as using the community salon, community health spa, swimming pool and the fitness center or sauna. You can avail the facility of local transportation, borrowing books from community library or try your gardening skills at the community garden.

In addition to that, the community provides you the facility of taking part in certain social and recreational activities. Most of the retirement homes are provided with clubs and sports room. Some of the high end communities also feature golf course and tennis court. In addition to that various programs and training classes are taken up to maintain the physical and mental health of the senior members of the community. There are also facilities for taking care of your spiritual health, so there are also chapels or prayer rooms and arrangements for regular religious services.

Most of the above mentioned community services are included in Independent living facilities. In the Assisted living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities, the services are often customized to fit the specific needs of the members living in their facilities.  In the Nursing homes also you can enjoy these social activities only to a limited extent to adjust their health conditions.

If a senior person reaches a condition where he can not live alone due to illness or frailty, he will need continuous skilled nursing facility which is provided by the nursing homes. Here the patient is provided with a care plan monitored by physicians and executed by registered nurses 24 hours a day. In addition to the basic custodial care, a nursing home provides such facilities as interim medical care in the post operating period and rehabilitation services. The nursing homes are also equipped with pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services.  Some nursing homes also provide special care in these cases as Kidney dialysis treatment, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's care and dementia care and

respiratory care.

If you are considering moving into any kind of retirement homes in your retirement years, make a little research to evaluate and compare several care facilities to see which option seems suitable.  This little research will help you to determine what type of a senior living system best complements your requirements and preferences.