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I’m Confused! Which Level of Care is the Right One for Me?

If you find yourself confused or overwhelmed by the wide range of senior care solutions and options available, you aren’t alone. Choosing the right senior care solution is an important and life-altering choice and it’s easy to find yourself confused or even intimidated. Just take a deep breath and relax. By learning about the differences in these senior care solutions, you can help cut through the confusion and make the right choice for you and your family.

It helps to think of today’s senior living options as existing on a continuum. At one end of the continuum, you have options for seniors who want high levels of independence and don't need a lot of assistance. At the other end of the continuum are options for those who need greater levels of assistance. Some folks don’t need a lot of help, some need a little bit, and some seniors require assistance 24 hours a day. No matter what your circumstance, there is a senior living option that is just right for you.

Regardless of which option you decide on, the good news is that all of HRA Senior Living communities feature the exclusive Chef’s Fare Dining Program with chef-prepared dining experiences and HRA’s signature Life Enrichment Program, designed to provide social, devotional, fitness and recreational opportunities that have a positive impact on residents. HRA places a special emphasis on the social needs of its residents and its programs truly reflect this emphasis.

In order to help sort through the options available, we’ll walk you through the four distinctive senior living solutions offered by HRA Senior Living communities: Independent Living (IL), Assisted Living (AL), Memory Care (MC) and Skilled Nursing (SNF).

Independent Living - Independent living is for adults who want to enjoy the benefits of living in an active, engaging and social environment without all the hassles of home ownership. Residents live in fully-equipped private apartments with all modern amenities and conveniences of home. HRA’s independent living services and amenities are geared toward both fostering independence and creating more socializing opportunities. Residents enjoy scheduled transportation, multiple dining venues with chef-prepared dining, resident programs and housekeeping. Residents enjoy a variety of frequent social outings and entertainment events. This is a perfect option for seniors who need little or no assistance from day to day but want to enjoy all the services and conveniences offered at HRA communities.

Assisted Living - Our Assisted Living (AL) communities are designed for seniors who need some help on a day to day basis, but don’t require the high level of care found in nursing homes. AL services are focused on wellness, activities of daily living and medication management. Residents enjoy a seamless combination of convenience and care. Care Partners are available 24 hours a day for additional safety, convenience and security. Residents receive the appropriate level of support needed to maintain independence. Assisted Living communities are focused on helping to nurture independence with the personalized level of care needed along with friendly supportive services designed to make life easier and more enjoyable.

Memory Care - Memory Care services are focused on the unique needs of older adults facing memory challenges or Alzheimer’s. Memory Care features a dedicated staff of nurses and Care Partners available 24 hours a day and trained in all the latest memory care therapies and techniques. Residents experience a soothing and tranquil atmosphere designed to ensure that they enjoy optimal health, dignity and spiritual well-being. The aim is to help each resident maintain their sense of self by honoring their life experiences through stimulating programming, helpful assistance and highly personalized care. Residents experience a comforting sense of familiarity and family members enjoy peace of mind.

Skilled Nursing - At the opposite end of the senior care continuum from Independent Living, Skilled Nursing services are designed for those who need nursing care 24 hours a day. It’s a good choice for residents who have high are needs and complex medical conditions. For those needing extended medical supervision, care comes from compassionate licensed nurses and is available around the clock. These services are also available for short-term rehabilitation stays for those recovering from an injury, illness or surgery. The focus in skilled nursing is on respect, excellence in care, individual attention and positive interactions.

If you’re still having questions about which senior care solution is right for you, the best thing you and your family can do is go and tour. All HRA Senior Living communities welcome visitors and give tours frequently. Go for a visit and meet the associates and Care Partners. They’ll be more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have. In addition, all HRA communities also hold regular social events. Attending one is a great way to experience the community’s lifestyle and help you to decide which senior care solution is the best one for you.

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