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What are the different types of care facilities for older adults?

Older adults who are looking to move to a care facility have three levels of options:

  • Independent living facilities are designed for older adults who do not need daily care but would like to live in a community setting where housekeeping, cooking and lawn maintenance are no longer their concern.
  • Assisted-living facilities and rest homes allow individuals to live independently but offer help with bathing, dressing, medications and other daily tasks.
  • Skilled nursing facilities provide the highest level of support and offer 24-hour care for serious illnesses.

Adult day health centers also offer a safe option for older adults who only need assistance during the day while loved ones are working.

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