The Senior Resource Center is not just for exercise, cards, and activities – we also have 3 social workers on site who can help you with housing needs and other social services. We have staff onsite to help you with your Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage. For those needing Ensure or Glucerna nutrition drinks, we can get them for you, as well as Depends undergarments and Poise pads. We can also help those who have questions about Long-Term Care facilities, including Adult Day Care or In-home Aide services. Other social services are available. For any of these questions, please contact our Switchboard at 910-798-6400 and they will guide you to the best employee suited to your needs.
Question: What types of senior housing are available?
Good question! Senior housing falls into 4 basic categories:
Independent or Retirement living – Senior independent/retirement living communities are for seniors with few medical problems. Residents live in private apartments. A variety of apartment sizes are available from studios to large two bedrooms. Dining services are offered with meal packages. Often, residents can choose to pay for a specified number of meals per day. There are social outings and planned events for entertainment.
Assisted living – Assisted living is for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Assistance with medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping are provided. Three meals per day are provided in a dining room. Residents live in private apartments which frequently include a small kitchen area. Staff is available 24 hours per day for additional safety. Social activities and scheduled transportation are also available in most communities.
Nursing homes – Nursing homes, also called personal care or skilled nursing care homes, provide around-the-clock care for the frail elderly who require a high level of medical care and assistance. Many nursing homes now provide short-term rehab stays for those recovering from an injury, illness or surgery. Long-term care residents generally have high care needs and complex medical conditions. Residents typically share a room and are served meals in a central dining area unless they are too ill to participate.
Memory Care – With memory impaired, it is important to have 24-hour support and structured activities to ensure their safety and quality of life. Generally, the residents live in semi-private apartments and have structured activities delivered by trained staff members. Most of these living environments have secured or locked areas to ensure no one wanders off. Many times, within the secured areas, residents have access to outdoor walking paths or gardens.