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More options than ever for seniors looking to retain independence

By Stephanie Whitt • Apr 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM

People in American today can expect to live longer than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.3 years on average.

As we or our loved ones age, it may become more difficult to care for ourselves and maintain a household. Now more than ever, there are options for seniors to maintain independence, but still receive the care they need as they grow older.

The options for senior health care range depending on an individual’s needs. First, it’s critical that seniors maintain a strong relationship with their primary care providers to oversee their health care. To manage chronic conditions or things like post-surgical care, home health services may be a good option. Home health care is ordered and planned by your physician and is supervised and provided by nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. This care is provided on an intermittent, short-term basis to help you reach specific goals in your recovery.

But what about everyday living? An assisted living facility, such as the Carriage House of Fisher-Titus, allows residents to remain independent, but frees them from home maintenance and provides some assistance with daily activities. At the Carriage House, residents or families choose the level of care they desire or need from bathing, dressing and grooming to medication reminders, and laundry. Outings are planned to banks, shopping, dining out, and special events. Residents can also schedule transportation to and from appointments on the Fisher-Titus campus.

Residents live in their own apartments. Apartments are unfurnished so residents can personalize it so that it truly feels like they are at home. Apartments also include a kitchenette with a range, refrigerator and microwave so residents can choose to prepare some of their own meals or eat in the facility’s dining room. Each apartment also has individual climate control, an emergency call system, and cable hookup.

Another common option people think of is a nursing home. A nursing home, such as the Norwalk Memorial Home, provides 24/7 nursing care including any medical care required (therapy, wound care, pain management, medications, and more). A nursing home provides more specialized, round-the-clock care.

Residents are provided with opportunities to socialize, go on outings, and participate in activities. However, many people feel like they’re not ready for a nursing home because they have fewer medical care needs and don’t require the same 24/7 care that is provided in a nursing home. Norwalk Memorial Home has received a 5-star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid.

No matter what level of care you or your loved one requires, there is an option to suit those needs. It can be difficult choice to make, but you will have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands. Your loved one will have the independence they want, the care they need, and a community of support surrounding them.

 

Stephanie Whitt, CTRS, CDP is the senior care services manager at Fisher-Titus. She has been with Fisher-Titus since 2008. The Carriage House at Fisher-Titus will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, May 5 from 1-3 p.m. To schedule a private tour, call 41-668-4228 or visit www.fishertitus.org/carriage-house-assisted-living-facility for more information.

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