Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer different options for Support.
Independent Living Accommodation these range from studio to three bedroom homes and are fully self-contained where you can still maintaining social, professional and personal interests, but with the additional benefits from a 24 hour emergency call services. I personally believe that couples should move into this style of accommodation as soon as possible after diagnoses so both can enjoy the transition. This also allows both parties to form new friendships which will be of great support as your partners condition worsens.
Serviced Apartments These are normally units with 1 or 2 bedrooms, Lounge & Dining, Kitchenette and Bathroom. Assistance is provided in the form of weekly housework, heavy laundry and meal preparation.Often some assistance may mean the world of difference in being able to continue to live with a high degree of independence.Still with the additional benefits from a 24 hour emergency call services There is no reason why the remaining partner can not stay here for the rest of their lives health permitting.
Hostel Accommodation This is also an option for the remaining partner once there loved one has been placed in Nursing Home Care permanently. Most facilities have motel style rooms, patio’s, community dining room and great outdoor areas with a Coffee shop and tranquil gardens all within easy walking distance of the Nursing Home.
Nursing Home Care Specific dementia units …. These are units designed specifically for people with dementia
and they can be classified as either low level or high level depending on the level of care provided. Not all people with dementia require a specific dementia unit BUT it is always wise to check when looking for a suitable Continuing Care Retirement Community that you check they take Dementia Clients in their Nursing Home facility.
Residential care and Dementia http://www.fightdementia.org.au/understanding-dementia/section-4-residential-care-and-dementia.aspx
Deciding on residential care http://www.fightdementia.org.au/services/deciding-on-residential-care.aspx
DPS Age Care Guide http://www.agedcareguide.com.au/