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There are two sides to everything and senior living is, in fact, no different. On one hand, senior living offers more care and housing options today than ever before. On the other, the abundance of choices can overwhelm you making it hard to know where to start. But we do. We also know that as you approach a life change of this magnitude, its facts that you need, not puffed up promises or an overly rosy picture. That’s why in this guide you’ll get a clear view of your choices, their pros and cons and financial considerations as well as tips on what to look for, getting input and making a smooth transition. And somewhere along the way we hope you’ll find a new perspective on the many rewards of senior living. Reality Check It’s time you know the truth about senior living today. You used to have only a choice between being at home and being in ‘the home.’ Not anymore. Now you have a continuum of care and housing options, but there’s also more personalization to you or your loved ones specific needs and wants. And there’s been a shift from a purely clinical focus to one of engagement and care for the multidimensional needs of older adults such as physical, social, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. By Definition So, what are the senior care and housing options and what do the names mean? This part alone can be confusing. Let’s clear things up with a detailed description of each. 2

Services Home Health Care This type of care assists older adults in living independently at home. It is often used when recovering from an illness or injury to help you regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Adult Day Care This type of care relieves the person caring for an older adult at home so the caregiver can go to work or simply have a break. Adult Day Care offers a safe environment and typically provides care during normal business hours, five days a week. Home Health care may include: • Personal care and grooming • Household chores and cooking • Transportation • Occupational, physical and/or speech therapy Some centers focus on social interaction, some also provide medical care and others are dedicated to memory care. It’s also common for an Adult Day Care to be affiliated with a home care agency, skilled nursing community or other type of medical center or senior service provider. Adult Day Care services may include: • Preparation of meals and snacks • Health monitoring and assistance with taking medication • Exercise and educational programs • Social activities • Physical, occupational and speech therapy • Transportation services The staff often includes a social worker, activity director and certified nursing aide (CNA) as well as volunteers. 3

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