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Difference Between PAC,HCS,AL,MC

September 17, 2019 | Blog

Those born in 1946 are apart of the baby boom, which is the nation’s largest living adult generation. As this generation continues to age, the population of older adults will increase tremendously throughout the next decade. Hence, the need for more healthcare services to help those in this age group. A few of the most common forms of healthcare services are Assisted Living, Memory Care, Home Care, and Post-Acute Care Services. Though they may have some similarities, there are intricate details of each that make it a unique form of care. 

When searching for the most appropriate form of care for your loved one, there are many options to choose from, each designed to suit the unique needs and preferences of all patients alike. Researching care options for you or your loved one can leave you with the feeling of uncertainty since most transitions deal with misconceptions of losing independence. The need to ensure good health care and finding the perfect living arrangements for you or a loved one is vital. Are you considering looking into healthcare services for a loved one? We hope to minimize any confusion by explaining the differences between these services.


Post-Acute Care:

Post-acute care rehabilitation programs are designed to transition patients from the hospital back to their regular lives safely, quickly and with confidence. And when it comes to care plans, one size never fits all. These rehabilitation programs rely on evidence-based clinical protocols for the best possible outcomes. The goal of post-acute care is to get patients home safely and as quickly as possible. On discharge, patients and their families are provided all the tools needed for a safe transition back to their daily lives. This includes healing and disease management advice, proper nutritional guidance and relaxation techniques. 

Home Care:

Home health care consists of services that can be provided in the home of an older adult with special needs. Medicare has found that home care is just as effective as the care older adults will get in a hospital or nursing facility. The main focus of home care is to treat an individual with an illness or injury in an effort to regain independence and become self-sufficient. Home care services include: personal care, homemaking, and cooking. In addition to the home health aide performing daily household duties, they also talk to your doctor about your care and keep them updated on your progress. Home health aides are skilled nurses, so you can expect them to provide: wound care, patient education, nutrition therapy, and injections.

Assisted Living:

Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who are capable of leading independent lives, but who may no longer have the ability to care for themselves on a daily basis. Daily tasks, such as bathing and dressing, medication management, and meal preparation can become a challenge. Assisted living facilities allow seniors and their families to obtain a peace of mind, offering skilled caregivers that can assist in common household chores and activities. Dining, housekeeping, and laundry services are typically included as part of the residential package, as well as numerous social activities to stimulate both physical and mental health.

Memory Care:

Memory care is a form of long-term care that is established to meet the needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory issues. The main focus of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is to be able to communicate with them by understanding their behaviors and personalities. This disease can cause the individual to act differently and become anxious or aggressive. However, a memory care facility will only help people who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Services provided in a memory care facility are similar and just as effective in a hospital or nursing home setting. Memory care can be cared for in a skilled nursing setting but memory care facilities that specialize in it have the benefit of an entire staff trained to care for the unique needs of those seniors. The objective of memory care facilities is to provide a safe indoor and outdoor setting for hobbies, recreation and quality time with pets and loved ones. Some facilities also have private apartment options that give individuals an independent lifestyle with 24-hour nursing is available.

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At Spring Hills, we aim to provide a holistic approach to care and services through our Signature Touches Program at every stage of your healthcare journey. By providing a continuum  of care model, we ensure your experience is consistently unique to add life to your years and provide care and support to everyone you celebrate your life with. Spring Hills Post Acute Care, Home Care Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities are all dedicated to Caring with a Commitment to Quality by providing the highest level of care and services in a compassionate environment that supports the health and well being of our clients, patients, residents and family members.

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