1 November, 2022 | 8 min read

Understanding Your Senior Living Care Options

Are you familiar with the senior living options available to you? 

You may be surprised at the wide variety of care options there are to choose from. Understanding these will help you better select the path that is best suited for your specific preferences and needs and allow you to continue living a fulfilled life. 

The senior living care options 

Consider the different types of communities you may find available in your area, as well as the amenities and services they offer.  

Eskaton is proud to offer a variety of living options that meet the needs of each person and can be customized if these needs shift over time. Before choosing your next living adventure, get to know what each community offers! 

Senior living care option #1: Independent living 

Independent living is a popular choice for older adults who are ready to trade in house repairs and upkeep for a maintenance-free lifestyle full of stimulating activities and opportunities to foster new friendships. 

Along with a private and accessible residence that can be personalized to feel more like home, residents also enjoy fitness classes, social events, scheduled transportation and added safety features to reinforce an enriched life. 

Senior living care option #2: Assisted living 

Senior adults who choose an assisted living community can continue living an independent life while receiving assistance with daily tasks, like bathing safely, getting dressed or managing medications. 

Private residences can be personalized and residents have access to activities and social events, healthy dining options, fitness opportunities and the reassurance that someone is always there if help is needed.  

Download your FREE guide, Just the Facts to Assisted Living.

Senior living care option #3: Memory care 

In the case of a Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis, additional care may be needed and a memory care community could be the right option.  

These communities are not only designed to minimize anxiety and make residents feel safe and secure, but the programs and specially trained staff are skilled in responding and interacting with those living with cognitive impairment. 

Senior living care option #4: Skilled nursing 

For older adults who are not able to live at home or continue caring for themselves, a skilled nursing community can provide around-the-clock care from compassionate and attentive staff.  

Residents who may be living with chronic conditions or mobility challenges will have access to the medical care required, as well as healthy meals, stimulating activities, social events and rehabilitative therapies if needed.  

Senior living care option #5: At-home care 

As you may have guessed from the name, at-home care allows individuals to remain in their homes. An independent lifestyle can be carried on while individuals receive help with any of the daily tasks that are becoming more challenging.  

Non-medical care and support is offered and although agencies may differ in what services they provide, options typically include companionship, personal, transitional, rehabilitative or specialized care, such as for dementia. 

Next Steps When Choosing Your Senior Living Care Option 

Once you know the different options available, it becomes easier to make an informed decision about which option best fits the needs of you or your loved one.  

So what are the next steps? 

Find a few communities in your area and schedule tours so you can see first-hand what community life would be like. Review the floor plans, ask for a list of the activities provided and be sure to enjoy a delicious meal in the dining room! If possible, talk to a few current residents about their daily living and experience within the community. 

You will soon find a community that is just the right fit for your lifestyle needs and the exciting process of moving in can begin. The first step in your new adventure is about to take place! 

Life at Eskaton Communities 

We believe in the magic and purpose within each of our residents and see each day as an opportunity to enhance their lives. In fact, Eskaton is defined as “the dawning of a new day.” We’ve been proudly serving the Sacramento region and Northern California for over 50 years and look forward to many more. 

The Eskaton Difference starts with our life-enriching programs and collaborative partnerships. With a national reputation for innovation, we focus on creating communities that provide our residents with everything they need for purposeful and passionate living.  

We invite you to visit one of our award-winning communities to witness the magic yourself and learn about some of the amenities we offer, including: 

  • Private residences 
  • Delicious and nutritious meals 
  • Social opportunities to meet and make new friends 
  • Creative activities and therapies 
  • Fitness centers and exercise classes 
  • Housekeeping services 
  • Transportation services 
  • 24-hour staffing 
  • Pet-friendly 
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • And much, much more! 

If you’re considering whether senior living could be the best choice for you or a loved one, we’re here to answer any questions that you may have. We also invite you to download some helpful complimentary information, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living. To schedule a personalized tour, call us at 1-866-ESKATON (or 1-866-375-2866) or visit eskaton.org. 

Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted living