Choosing Senior Living
Did you recently start thinking about senior living choices for yourself or a loved one? Discovering the ideal living or care options can be confusing. We can help you successfully choose the level of care that makes the most sense for you and your loved one’s particular needs. Below is a list of words commonly used to describe different living options, services, and levels of care and a brief description of each. Click on any term to see a list of Augustana locations that feature that option.
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Adult Day Services – These are community-based centers that are generally open during work hours to assist people who require supervision, social support, and/or help with daily activities.
Aquatic Therapy – The use of water and a specifically tailored physical therapy program designed by qualified therapists to aid in the restoration, extension, maintenance, and quality of function for persons with acute, transient, or chronic disabilities, syndromes or diseases.
Assisted Living – Assisted living, sometimes called Housing with Services, is a supportive housing facility designed for those who need extra assistance performing daily activities but don’t require 24 hour skilled nursing care found in traditional nursing homes. This option allows individuals to maintain their freedom and still receive the assistance they need.
Chaplaincy Program – Our chaplaincy program is at the core of our mission and makes spiritual care available to the nearly 2,000 individuals that reside in our housing complexes and health care centers.
Health and Wellness Centers – Several Augustana campuses have health and wellness centers that offer fitness and wellness programs. Each center has state of the art equipment and space dedicated to increasing and maintaining fitness. The atmosphere and equipment are tailored to benefit the older adult population. Our trained fitness personnel follow plans laid out by a Registered Physical Therapist (RPT) and work with each client to tailor programs to meet their needs.
Home Modification – Augustana’s Access Solutions provides universal and accessible design consulting services to promote active, safe and independent living for older adults and the physically challenged.
In-Home Care – Supportive care provided in a patient’s home by health care professionals. In-home care aims to make it possible for people to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term, or institutional-based nursing care. Home care providers perform services in the client’s own home. These services may include a combination of professional health care services and life assistance services.
Independent Living – An independent apartment facility for older adults who value convenience and security in a comfortable social environment.
Long-Term Care – These facilities provide care for people whose medical needs require the attention of licensed nurses, but not the more intensive care of a hospital. Social workers and case managers help seniors and their families with insurance issues and the coordination of nursing care plans. Dietitians, physical and occupational therapists and other health professionals help support and sustain seniorsâ€™ physical and emotional well-being.
Massage Therapy – Our massage program specializes in geriatric massage, wellness and a therapeutic approach through a variety of modalities. Massage is available for our Augustana residents, families, friends, volunteers, staff and the community at our sites throughout the area. We also provide massage therapists on a contract basis.
Memory Care – Treatment and care for those individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Rehabilitation – Augustanaâ€™s Medicare-certified rehabilitation services set the standard for quality care. We offer full service in-patient and out-patient occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy rehabilitation services. We have several locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area to meet your needs.
Respite Care – An excellent alternative for individuals who need a short-term living situation with medical and personal services. “Respite” refers to temporary care that can be used when a primary care giver needs a break from the daily routine of care-giving.
Skilled Nursing Care – (see “Long Term Care”)
Therapy Services – From full rehabilitation services with physical, occupational, and speech/language therapies to fitness programs to support groups. With one of the lowest patient-to-staff ratios in the industry, you can count on personal care. Our goal is to help youâ€”or your loved oneâ€”maintain and/or achieve the highest possible functional abilities. We hire well-trained, experienced staff members and provide continuous educational development to ensure the highest level of care.
Transitional Care – A nurturing “in between” care environment for individuals who may not require a hospital stay, but need a place where they can progress in their healing.
What are some of the signs that may indicate a need for healthcare or housing? One or any combination of the following are signs that an older adult may be ready for senior healthcare or housing:
- When an older adult is no longer safe in their current living situation
- Becomes increasingly more forgetful
- Isn’t receiving proper nutrition
- Becomes reclusive and no longer shows interest in participating in social activities
- Becomes depressed and withdrawn
- Has difficulty remembering to take medications
- Has difficulty maintaining good personal hygiene