Your Guide to Retirement Living
With so many choices available, the search for the right senior housing option for you or someone you care for can be needlessly overwhelming. Berkeley Oaks, located in Williamsburg, VA, is a dedicated memory care community; meaning our compassionate team is specially-trained to support residents with memory-related impairments. Since senior living terminology can often be difficult to understand, we have created a simple, high-level overview of all types of senior living options, even those outside of what we offer at Berkeley Oaks, to help you make the most informed decision that is right for you or your loved one.
Adult Day Care
Adult day care is daytime supervision that is non-residential and allows seniors to receive the care and support they need when caregivers are unable to provide it. Adult day care provides the benefits of a safe and secure environment along with healthy meals and recreational opportunities. Additionally, many care centers provide medication management and transportation.
Assisted living is one step up from independent living in terms of the level of daily assistance. While adults who need assisted living still maintain much of their independence (by design!), they are able to receive additional personal care with regard to bathing, dressing, eating, and hygiene. Assisted living is not nursing home living and isn’t ideal for individuals in need of regular nursing care, but it is ideal for seniors who want to remain as independent as possible.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing care retirement communities (also known as CCRCs) are a good solution for adults who want to experience a continuum of care in a single location at a predictable rate. Whether an adult needs independent living, skilled nursing, assisted living – or other types of care, including memory care –CCRCs work with the resident to offer whatever services are needed over the years.
Hospice exists to help individuals suffering from a terminal illness. Specifically, hospice provides pain relief, medical support, and spiritual encouragement for patients experiencing the final stage of a terminal disease or illness. The primary goal of hospice is making individuals comfortable and meeting needs. Hospice staff are often equipped and prepared to offer counseling to family members of the individual during and following the terminal disease.
Independent living exists for adults 65 and older who are happy and able to live on their own but who want or need the convenience of living in a community. Independent living communities provide various services, activities, and amenities (including, but not limited to dining, housekeeping, security, transportation, and regular assistance) to lighten the load and increase social activity and purpose.
In-home care is ideal for seniors who wish to receive care while living in the comfort of their own home. In-home care gives the adult the best of both worlds: the highest level of care in familiar surroundings. In-home care provides many of the same services offered with other care options, including (but not limited to) meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, and companionship.
Memory care centers or communities exist for seniors who have been diagnosed with dementia – including Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss – who need any number of supportive services. This includes assistance with tasks such as bathing and dressing, and can extend to providing meals, transportation, entertainment, and activities. Memory care communities are skilled in providing what individuals with memory loss need. Staff are specifically trained to be of the best possible assistance to individuals with memory loss. Learn more about signature memory care offering enrichment programs at Berkeley Oaks.
Residential Home Care
Not to be confused with nursing home or day care services, residential home care is a home – usually large and set up much like a dormitory – where multiple adults who are 65+ live in private residences but receive help with various, daily tasks and activities. Residential home care is ideal for the senior who is unable to live alone and needs regular, daily help with things like meals, medications, hygiene, and safety. Residential home care is most often a smaller living setting than a larger senior living community.
Respite or short stay care provides short-term, residential opportunities to adults who need a place to stay while their primary caregiver is away or unable to provide assistance. Respite care is provided for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Full services and care are provided, including (but not limited to) meals, medication, and activities. Learn more about our short stay program.
55+ Retirement Community
Retirement communities are becoming an increasingly popular option for adults 55 and older. With the growing retirement population in the United States, retirement communities are stepping up their game and offering impressive options including state-of-the-art fitness programs, classes to expand the mind or learn new skills, vibrant social events, and beautiful living accommodations.
Skilled nursing facilities, also referred to in the past as “nursing homes,” offer services around the clock for seniors in need of the highest level of care. Most often, these centers offer short- and long-term care for individuals who need time and assistance recovering from surgery, illness or accident (or for those living with long-term health problems or challenges). One of the main things that sets skilled nursing apart from other forms of retirement living is the level of medical care available to residents. Whether someone is in need of physical therapy, medication management or something else altogether, skilled nursing is often able to meet the need. Additionally, skilled nursing offers meals, entertainment, and housekeeping services so individuals can receive the full benefits of living in a vibrant community.