Cape Cod's Premier Senior Living Community
(Originally published in To Your Good Health, winter 2016)
By Larry Lyford
When choosing a senior community for yourself or a loved one, there are many things to keep in mind including amenities, staffing, dining, safety and security, and cost. This overview highlights the levels of care that each type of community is capable of providing, as well as the lifestyle differences to consider so you can make the right choice for yourself or family.
An assessment by physicians, social workers, or professionals within the senior living communities will help you understand any present or potential needs, thereby directing you to the appropriate type of community that is best for you or a loved one. It is then highly recommended to tour several options in person. During tours, always ask for certifications, which will be helpful when calculating your out-of-pocket expenses, since Medicare and Medicaid coverage varies by state.
Also, be sure to check your long-term care insurance and other benefits. Independent Living focuses on making day-to-day life simpler to manage, easing the burdens of caring for your own home and enabling you to live on your own as long as possible within a vibrant community setting. While some communities offer medical care. Both offer 24-hour skilled nursing services and residences are typically a shared room with meals being served in a central dining area; activities and entertainment are also provided.
Memory Care facilities offer layouts and services designed to better suit those with memory impairment, minimizing wandering behaviors. These units within a community specifically designate a floor or wing equipped with added security, such as surveillance systems and secured doors. The rooms may be semi-private and typically aren’t equipped with kitchens, due to safety concerns. The staff also is mandated to undergo additional training specific to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and residents receive 24-hour support with structured activities.
Mr. Lyford is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Thirwood Place in South Yarmouth.