Long-term care communities provide assistance with activities of daily living, which include walking, eating, dressing/grooming, toileting, bathing and transferring/standing up.
Essentially, they provide the support your parent needs when living at home is no longer an option due to difficulties with the activities of daily living (ADLs) listed above.
Assistance with ADLs isn’t the only thing communities provide, though. They also provide resources and programming to meet more than just physical needs.
Long-Term Care Examples
MacIntosh has several long-term care communities in the Central Ohio region. Here are some examples of long-term care services they offer to give you an idea of how your parent’s needs are met physically, emotionally, mentally and socially:
- A plan of care is established for each resident, centered on personal goals and functional abilities.
- Support with ADLs is provided to promote independence, mobility and self-care.
- Residents can enjoy in-room amenities such as individual room temperature control, TV with cable, private phones and storage space.
- Everyone is welcome to enjoy gathering spaces available for socializing and relaxing.
- Enclosed courtyards give residents an opportunity to enjoy park-like surroundings right outside their door.
- Full-service salons and barbershops allow residents to look and feel their best.
- There are scheduled outings and activities to keep your parent engaged and entertained.
Long-Term Care Activities
A big part of what long-term care communities provide is the wide range of activities and programs. A quality long-term care community will provide activities geared toward resident interests to make sure their mental and social needs are being met.
Here are some long-term care activities that residents enjoyed at one of our communities last month:
- Columbus zoo visit
- Monthly birthday party
- Group singalongs
- Church and rosary services
- Resident council meetings
- Art classes
This is just a sampling of the activities your loved one can join in on every day. There are plenty of community events tailored to residents. For example, in true Buckeye country fashion, the Ohio State University football games are shown each Saturday through the fall. This is just one example of how community members can come together and socialize in a casual, relaxed environment.
Of course, no one will force your parent to participate in an event or activity that they don’t want to. While socializing is proven to have enormous health benefits for older adults, they still have their autonomy and can choose not to participate. They may be encouraged by the staff, as our team members take the time to get to know residents and their preferences, but activities are not mandatory.
Personalized Healthcare: The MacIntosh Difference
It’s also important to note that your parent’s needs will be met in long-term care on an individual basis. No two residents have the same experience in a MacIntosh community, as each resident has a specialized care plan.
Every resident at one of our care communities, along with the support of their family, remains instrumental in making decisions about their care. Through scheduled care conferences, we make sure that both you and your parent play a role in their experience here.
Is Long-Term Care Right for My Parent?
Some people get confused by the difference between assisted living and long-term care. How can you tell which one is a good fit for your parent?
Long-term care is for seniors who are no longer able to safely live at home on their own and require some form of 24-hour nursing care. By comparison, assisted living is for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living but don’t need nearly as much daily care.
Still not sure which is a good fit for your parent? Here’s how you can assess your parent’s ADL ability level. You can also talk to their doctor or discuss their situation with the staff at a long-term care or assisted living community.
Finding the Right Long-Term Care Community
The best way to evaluate a long-term care community is to visit it. Most quality long-term care communities welcome visitors and will be happy to give you a tour of the community and answer your questions.
If you’d like to schedule a tour of a MacIntosh Care Community, call or contact us today. You can also explore our long-term care communities online to learn more about what each has to offer: