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Senior Living. What are my options?


Senior living. What are my options?


Times are changing and so are your options when it comes to senior living. The days of stereotypical institutional care have been largely replaced by person-centered options. Understanding the differences in levels of care can help you make the best choice for your next step.


Independent Living

Independent living is what it sounds like! These units allow seniors to live independently in a safe environment. There are often additional services included to make life easier. For example, Independent Living at The Paragon includes weekly housekeeping, all maintenance and one meal per day. Independent Living is a great option for the senior that is still active, but looking to downsize or live in a more manageable environment.


Assisted Living

Assisted Living offers the comforts of home while offering extra assistance with activities of daily living, or ADLs, such as bathing, toileting and dressing. All meals are provided and staff is available at all times to meet any scheduled or emergency need. There are also regularly scheduled recreational activities to help meet social needs. For example, The Paragon hosts about 4 activities per day, ranging from church services, BINGO, exercise and pet therapy. Assisted Living is a great option for the senior that needs a little more help to be at their best.


Memory Care

Memory Care offers all of the same services as Assisted Living, but is geared towards seniors with dementia. These communities offer additional security, as well as specialized activities, meal plans and care plans to help their residents maintain safety and dignity throughout their diagnosis. There are sometimes specialized wings located within an Assisted Living community or within a nursing home. Memory care is a great option for someone with moderate to severe dementia.


Nursing Home

A nursing is a long-term medical model for care. Nurses and nurse assistants are able to provide medical services under the direction of a physician. They can assist with activities of daily living, or complete the task for a resident if needed. Nursing homes are able to help residents manage chronic health conditions. This level of care is ideal for the senior that needs 24-hour supervision or regular medical assistance due to physical or mental decline.


There is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach to senior living. Finding the level of care that best fits your needs will allow you to retain as much of your independence as you can for as long as you can. Narrowing down the category that best suits your level of care will allow you to easily find a community that you can call home!

Feel free to reach out to The Paragon if you have questions about your options.



The Paragon of Madisonville

Now Leasing Assisted Living Apartments

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