Understanding Your Options

Overview of Care

 
There are many options for seniors ranging from services in the home to round-the- clock care in nursing home and many options between.. Choosing a service that meets you or a loved one's needs begins with understanding the types of care available.
 

1) Independent Living

For seniors who no longer want to stay in their home, Retirement communities can be a satisfying choice. With lots of configurations to choose from including apartments, condos, manufactured homes or cottage homes there are a number of appealing options. Offering organized social programs, activities and excursions, restaurant-style dining options, and transportation to healthcare and shopping, Independent Retirement Living offers a leisure lifestyle with plenty of opportunity for social interaction. Learn more 
 
Assisted living communities are very popular because they combine privacy in a setting that maximizes independence. They look very much like Independent community with private apartments but have the added feature of assistance both scheduled and as needed. All Assisted Living communities provide meals, housekeeping, an option for personal laundry service, utilities and cable. Learn more 
 
Adult Care Homes are private homes licensed by county or by state of Oregon to provide care for a maximum of five residents.  Homes have been built or remodeled to provide 24 hour access to care in a home-like environment with private rooms, many with private half baths and shared community space.  Residents receive help with personal care, medications, ambulation and other task of daily living. Learn more 
 

4) Dementia/Alzheimer's Specialty Care Communities

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia pose special challenges and require special care.  These communities may be free standing or part of a continuum of care and are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with memory issues.  Staff has received special training in dementia care and most communities are secured units. Learn more 
 
Also called Convalescent Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) or Post-Acute Care, these communities are utilized as an interim step for intensive rehabilitation after a health related incident before returning home or relocating to another care setting.  Nursing homes also provide long term care for those who need a high level of round-the- clock care.  In this case the term used is Interemediate Care Facility or ICF. Learn more 
 
In-Home Care was originally designed to assist with non-medical tasks such as housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, companionship, etc.  More recently, some In-Home Care providers have expanded their services and offer hands on care such as assistance with dressing, bathing, toileting and medication reminders.  In-Home Care is provided by licensed agencies and also by independent providers. Learn more 
 
After an accident or other serious health event, Home Health Care makes it possible for many seniors to be discharged from the hospital or nursing home sooner.  Home Health is a medical model that can include Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy with RN oversight for medical issues. Learn more 
 
Even when families are able to keep a loved one in the home, there is a serious challenge when he or she has dementia or other health concerns and the primary caregiver needs to work or take a break.  Adult Day Care is a specifically designed space that provides opportunities for engagement throughout the day in a safe environment while the family is away. Learn more 
 
Hospice and Palliative care is end of life options.  Hospice is initiated when a person’s life expectancy is six months or less.  It is designed to keep the patient comfortable but no longer pursuing options to prolong life.  Palliative care is designed to meet the needs of a person with a serious or life threatening health condition but is still receiving treatment. Learn more 
 

We Will Help Find the Right Option for You

Adult Placement Network takes the guesswork out of finding the right senior living or care facility. By learning about your unique needs and priorities, we match you with appropriate options throughout the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. We'll accompany you when you visit facilities, help with decision making, and follow up with you after move-in day to make sure the transition is going well. We can recommend affiliate services such as senior real estate specialists, moving companies, estate sale professionals, Elder Law attorneys and many, many more professionals that can be helpful at this time.

This is a brief overview of all that's involved in our process. Learn more by visiting our Placement Process page.