Senior Citizen's Guide to Philadelphia and Suburbs Fall/Winter 2013 - page 18

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Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Philadelphia & Suburbs
veloped like standard apartments, but differ in that
they have an age-restriction. Some apartments are
also equipped with assistive technology such as hand
rails and pull cords to aid you. Overall, these apart-
ments are great if you’re looking for a community of el-
derly neighbors without
the hassles of a larger
home to manage.
Assisted Living
Assisted living com-
munities are designed
for individuals who can-
not function in an inde-
pendent living environ-
ment but do not need
nursing care on a daily
basis. Assisted living
communities usually of-
fer help with bathing, dressing, meals, and housekeep-
ing. The amount of help provided depends on individual
needs. Many assisted living facilities also have profes-
sional nurses and other health care professionals on
staff or are available on call should a resident require
special care. Medicaid and Medicare cover some long-
term care offered by assisted living, and some assisted
living communities offer subsidies or other forms of
financial aid on the basis of individual need.
Nursing Facilities
Nursing Homes are one of the most widely recog-
nized types of housing for the elderly. They provide
care for individuals who need nursing care without be-
ing in a hospital. A doctor supervises this type of care
and state boards of health regulate these facilities.
Nursing homes also offer short-term and respite care
for those whom need rehabilitation care.
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Medicaid and Medicare
cover some long-term
care offered by assisted
living, and some assisted
living communities offer
subsidies or other forms of
financial aid on the basis of
individual need.
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