Finding and Evaluating Care

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In-home care providers, adult day care centers, assisted living care facilities, Skilled Nursing Care centers—each of these care options has its own set of considerations. As you assess care, you can rely on a three-step evaluation process:

  1. Find care providers, facilities or centers
  2. Ask questions and observe
  3. Discuss costs and finances



In-Home Care

As the name suggests, in-home care takes place at home. Those close to the care recipient (loved ones, family members or friends) may donate care. In-home care may also be provided by professionals, such as physicians, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), therapistssocial workers or dieticians. In-home care services are usually available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Depending upon the level of care needed, these services may be provided by one or more caregivers, on an hourly, part-time or shift basis.

  • Step 1: Find In-Home Care Providers

  • Step 2: Ask Questions And Observe

  • Step 3: Discuss Costs and Finances

Adult Day Care

Adult day care, or adult day service, offers part- or full-time care during the daytime. Adult day care centers provide companionship and activities within a safe and secure environment. They are an appropriate short term solution for caregivers shuffling other responsibilities, such as work or caring for young children. Adult day care gives both caregivers and care recipients a break. Caregivers can take time to regroup while loved ones enjoy a change of scenery or pace.

  • Step 1: Find Adult Day Care Providers

  • Step 2: Ask Questions and Observe

  • Step 3: Discuss Costs and Finances

Assisted Living Care

Based on AHCA/NCAL’s “Choosing an Assisted Living Residence: A Consumer’s Guide”

Assisted living care, or residential care, is a long term care option that offers varying degrees of personal and medical care. Assisted living facilities come in all shapes and sizes. They can range from a private room or an apartment to a multi-unit facility specializing in Alzheimer’s care. The goal of assisted living care is to maintain maximum independence. Assisted living care provides individualized care and assistance in a home-like setting.

  • Step 1: Find Assisted Living Care Facilities

  • Step 2: Ask Questions and Observe

  • Step 3: Discuss Costs and Finances

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled Nursing Care centers, also called nursing homes, are long term, comprehensive facilities that offer round-the-clock care and a variety of services, social activities, and recreational opportunities. Today’s Skilled Nursing Care centers focus greater attention on resident needs and preferences. For more information on Skilled Nursing Care centers, view the Skilled Nursing Care Facts vs. Myths.

  • Step 1: Find Skilled Nursing Care Centers

  • Step 2: Ask Questions and Observe

  • Step 3: Discuss costs and finances