You may have heard about a recent news story where the staff at a California retirement home called 911 after a resident collapsed. But the staff didn’t assist the resident by performing CPR even after the 911 operator offered to give them instructions in the process.
While this story has shocked many people, it is not entirely a surprise to many who have knowledge of the different types of elder care facilities available. For example, in California—where this facility was located—the staff may not have been permitted to perform CPR because the facility was not a medical facility.
What this means for people looking at elder care facilities is that you need to know exactly what type of situation you are getting involved in. Elder care facilities can generally be broken into different three types, each of which gives a different type of care.
These facilities are designed to allow seniors maximum independence. They provide minor assistance with daily activities and provide housing where the seniors do not have to perform maintenance, landscaping, or other similar types of work.
Assisted living facilities are one step up from independent living in the amount of care given, providing seniors with personal care assistance and some medical help.
Nursing homes represent the highest level of care in elder care facilities. They provide round-the-clock medical assistance and are best for seniors who need regular help with personal or medical needs.