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Michael Newman, Founder & CEO
Always Best Care Senior Services

 

Always Best Care Canada

 

 

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KEY DEFINITIONS HELP YOU

MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS

At Always Best Care Senior Services, we believe that an educated, informed consumer makes the best decisions.

 

Our objective is to help you make informed decisions about important care issues and how they affect your daily life. Because we respect your right to make those decisions, our emphasis is on providing a variety of resources from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, not on simply presenting our own opinions.

 

Here are a variety of terms and phrases typically associated with senior housing and assisted living. We are pleased to present definitions for each of these to you. If you have any questions about these definitions, or the activities, issues or places they describe, please contact your local Always Best Care office.

 

Select from the list below to view the definition

 

Assisted Living Community

Extra Care Housing

Residential Care Homes

Nursing Care Homes

Close Care Housing

 

Assisted Living Community

In general, an assisted living community is a residential facility with services that include meals, laundry, housekeeping, medications reminders, and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).

 

They are generally regarded as one to two steps below skilled nursing in level of care. Assisted living communities may also be referred to as Personal Care, Board and Care, Residential Care, Boarding Home, and other terms.

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Extra Care Housing

Extra care housing is an alternative which offers people a legal right to their own self-contained home, while having additional support come to them as and when they need it. It promotes independence and allows individuals to be in control of their lifestyle.

 

There are other important benefits to extra care housing, not least the positive impact it has on health and wellbeing. Research conducted with the International Longevity Centre shows that where housing includes access to extra care, seniors over 80 with care needs are half as likely to move into an institutional care home in the future.  The research also found that residents who have been in extra care housing for five or more years are half as likely to go into institutional care as those in standard housing. Residents in extra care housing are also less likely to be admitted into a hospital for an overnight stay compared to someone of a matched demographic living in the community.

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Residential Care Homes

Similar to assisted living communities, residential care provides safe, clean and comfortable accommodations for older people who wish to live amongst their peers in a welcoming environment, but who may require some general care assistance.

 

Support workers are on hand to assist with an array of daily tasks, such as:

 

  • Personal hygiene including bathing, shaving, oral hygiene and nail care
  • Continence management including toileting, skin care, incontinence laundry and bed changing
  • Food preparation, fulfilling dietary requirements and assisting with eating
  • Counselling and support including psychological support, behaviour management and setting up reminding devices
  • Simple treatments including assistance with medication, the application of simple dressings and lotions, as well as oxygen therapy

 

Residential care homes are generally small, for up to six residents. They may also offer to arrange a host of stimulating and entertaining social activities and regular outings for your loved one to enjoy.

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Nursing Care Homes

Similar to residential care homes, nursing care homes offer the same assistance and support but with the added benefit of professional registered nurses and experienced care assistants in constant attendance. They will be on hand to provide 24-hour nursing care to residents for more complex health needs as prescribed by doctors.

 

Many of these homes will also offer rehabilitation services. These can include different therapies, such as physical and speech, as well as specialist health care, such as dementia care, elderly mentally impaired nursing care and cancer care. These homes also offer nursing equipment such as specialist beds and assisted bathrooms.

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Close Care Housing

Close care housing enables one to enjoy extended privacy and independence, with security and help from a neighbouring Care Home. It includes the provision of fully managed maintenance, services and emergency facilities, with the opportunity to purchase additional support and professional care, as and when required. It provides an attractive alternative to residential care and sheltered housing by combining the care and security of one, with the independence and flexibility of the other.

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