Transitional Assisted Living vs Other Senior Care Options in Pittsburgh
Learn About Your Loved One’s Options To Get Them The Exact Care They Need.
When your loved one begins to experience memory challenges or needs assistance with the activities of daily living, figuring out their options for exact care can be daunting. Would your loved one thrive best at home with an in-home caregiver, at a traditional nursing home, or in specialized personal care and memory care community?
The key to making the best decision for your loved one and your family is to learn about your options and decide which best matches the exact care your loved one needs. The expert team at Whitetail Springs in Pittsburgh, PA has compiled this helpful information to help you decide:
How is transitional assisted living different from a nursing home?
Both nursing homes and transitional assisted living facilities offer residents assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, oral care, and medication assistance. However, transitional assisted living communities like Whitetail Springs are better equipped to serve residents with a wider range of needs and whose needs are changing over time. For example, someone may become a resident at Whitetail Springs when they need only limited assistance with personal care, but their needs may change as time goes on. The expert team at Whitetail Springs consistently checks in with residents’ families and medical teams to personalize their care plans and adapt them to fit residents’ needs over time.
In addition, only memory care communities are specifically designed around the needs of people living with dementia and other memory challenges. Memory care communities like Whitetail Springs are fully staffed with professionals who are committed to caring for people with these specific needs. If your loved one’s needs are changing and you are noticing some memory challenges, you can feel confident that the team at Whitetail Springs will provide the exact care they need at all times.
What about home care?
While it may be your initial reaction to try to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible, that may not be the best option. Communities like Whitetail Springs may offer safer, more suitable personal care and memory care options that can better meet your loved one’s needs than in-home care. One of the primary reasons is that as seniors age or experience memory challenges, their homes can become unsafe for them. Normal household structures such as stairs, uneven or multiple flooring surfaces, bulky furniture, and slippery bathroom rugs can all pose a danger to seniors with limited mobility, spatial awareness issues, or memory challenges. Other everyday items like kitchen appliances, showers without handrails, and medicine cabinets could cause serious accidents. Even with the assistance of an in-home caregiver, your loved one will still be in a physical environment that is unsuitable for their evolving needs.
In contrast, dedicated communities like Whitetail Springs are designed specifically for seniors’ needs. The community is easy to navigate, including flat flooring to prevent falls, safety pull cords in the bathrooms to call for help, accessible rooms, and bathrooms, and location-based pendants that provide you with peace of mind 24/7.
What if my loved one needs memory care?
The professionals at memory care communities have vast experience with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory challenges. In contrast, nursing home staff or other caregivers may not receive the same training as memory care communities’ staff and may therefore opt to sedate someone with challenging behaviors rather than resolve the issue in another manner.
In addition, specialized memory care communities offer 24/7 staff access as well as community programming that caters to the needs of memory care residents. Engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of Whitetail Springs’ researched and proven health and wellness program. Programs such as music therapy, validation techniques, aromatherapy, life skills stations, and other health and wellness activities ensure that your loved one is completely supported and can remain social and included in our community.
When you know your options, you can choose the one in which your loved one will thrive. If that option is the caring, Person-centered environment at Whitetail Springs, we are ready to welcome your loved ones and give them the exact care they need!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Whitetail Springs, contact our friendly team today.