A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

Senior Care 101: Senior Care and Housing Explained


Senior care facilities range from in-home solutions, to assisted-living environments, to 24/7 skilled nursing care such as nursing homes. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the large number of senior care options available, but it is important both for your budget and the welfare of your loved ones that you think carefully to determine the best choice. A.G. Rhodes, a nonprofit skilled nursing organization based in Atlanta, offers a wide range of services, including therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care. While everyone’s requirements will be different, you have numerous options to when it comes to looking for senior care:

1. Independent Living

For senior citizens who need little or no additional care, yet seek a safer and more comfortable environment in which to live, an independent-living community might be the best choice. Residents in these communities have their own fully self-contained apartments or homes, and are able to enjoy the privacy of their own space entirely. Additional services and recreational activities may also be offered. Ultimately, living in such a community may be a good fit for seniors who are still reasonably independent and wish to be around others of similar ages and abilities.

2. Assisted Living

Also known as congregate housing, assisted-living facilities are designed for seniors who are able to live partially independently yet may still need some help on occasion with running daily errands, getting around or any other non-medical assistance. In these facilities, everyone has their own room or apartment, although many share facilities such as dining and living areas with other residents. Additionally, many communities organize recreational activities, transportation and other services.

3. Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are available to seniors who are no longer able to live independently, such as those suffering from advanced dementia or other debilitating medical issues. Unlike the above options, nursing homes provide round-the-clock care and supervision as well as arrangement of recreational activities, rehabilitation programs and basic medical care. A.G. Rhodes has top-quality nursing home facilities in the Grant Park area of Atlanta, Marietta in Cobb County, and on Emory’s Wesley Woods campus.

4. Home Care

Home care presents the most versatile of senior care options, since it allows the patient to continue living in their own home, which is something that many seniors prefer. In-home care plans are typically tailored to the precise needs of the patient, with 24-hour and even live-in home care options available from some providers. Home care may also provide assistance with daily living activities and memory care for dementia patients.

5. Respite Care

Respite care offers a temporary solution for patients who need additional care after having an operation. It is also a suitable option in situations where family caregivers need a temporary break. Many nursing homes and assisted-living facilities offer respite care programs, ranging from as little as a week to several months. Respite programs are also available to those already living in assisted-living communities.

Learn more about the types of care and services A.G. Rhodes offers, and visit our financial information page to learn more about what is and isn’t covered, and what forms of payment your provider will accept.

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