LOOKING FOR SENIOR HOUSING?ASK THESE TWO QUESTIONS FIRST!
Choosing a senior living community can feel like a daunting task. To help narrow down your options, ask these questions first:
Q. What type of senior housing do I need?
A.Not all senior housing is the same. There are many options to consider depending on the level of care you need:
• Independent Senior Living – For those who want to live on their own. Includes apartments, condominiums or cooperative buildings designed for adults age 55 and older. If you need a little extra help, you can contract services such as housekeeping, personal care or wellness.
• Assisted Living – Offers a rental apartment for those who don’t require complicated, full time medical assistance. You can continue living independently, but care is there when you need it through care attendants and nurses. Meals and light housekeeping are part of the package.
• Memory Care – Includes special touches for those with memory loss, such as uniquely designed apartments, specialized programming and controlled exits to give you peace of mind knowing residents won’t wander off the property. Caregivers are also specially trained to work with people with dementia, providing a higher, more personalized level of care and attention.
• Nursing Homes – Offer high-level nursing care around the clock. Long-term care is provided for those who have serious or persistent health issues. There are also short-term care options – or transitional care – for those who need rehabilitation services after an illness or injury. Nursing homes are licensed healthcare facilities that are inspected and regulated by the state department of health.
Q. What happens if I need advanced care?
A. If you need to adjust your care, Orchards of Minnetonka can help you with your changing needs. You can easily add care or other services, change your status from independent living to assisting living—without changing apartments!
As part of Fairview Health Services, Orchards of Minnetonka offers a wealth of resources at your disposal, from top-notch physicians to the latest in Alzheimer’s research. Each day we are working to improve the quality of the lives of those we serve.