Retirement living options: Which care level is right for your loved one

When it comes to the well-being of your aging loved one, it's important to ensure that he or she is receiving the support and care they may require during their retirement years. Moving to a retirement community is an exciting turning point in one's life and provides seniors who need a bit more support with many helpful services; however, like most big life-decisions, it requires significant consideration and research. Depending on your loved one's needs and preferences, there are different options that are available. Here are some answers to commonly-asked questions regarding the levels of care offered in retirement communities.

Know the different levels of care.
Know the different levels of care.

What's the difference between Independent Living (IL) and Independent Supportive Living (ISL)?
Independent Living and Independent Supportive Living are both great lifestyle options for seniors who could benefit from a worry-free environment, but don't require too much additional support. Each option provides older adults with the opportunity to build upon their independence, with just the right amount of assistance available to help keep them feeling active and engaged, including meals, activities and housekeeping. The main difference between the two levels of care is that on-site personal care services are available with ISL, including assistance with medication and activities of daily living should needs change.

What is Assisted Living (AL)?
Assisted Living goes a step further than ISL and provides seniors with a customized personal care plan that accommodates their unique health and wellness needs. Dedicated assisted living floors or areas can be found in many retirement residences and are specifically designed with the needs of residents in mind.

"Supporting a loved one with memory loss can become challenging."

Who is a good candidate for Memory Care?
Supporting a loved one with cognitive impairment can become challenging as his or her condition progresses. Available at select Chartwell retirement residences, dedicated memory care floors provide 24/7 security and assistance to residents living with dementia or Alzheimer's, with trained staff and special dining and lifestyle activities also available.

When should someone consider Long Term Care (LTC)?
Long Term Care is typically recommended when a senior requires increased assistance with daily living activities and nursing care. Also referred to as a nursing home or extended care home, long term care is an option for those who need complex medical assistance every day, with 24-hour staff care available.

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