Levels of Care for Older Adults
Finding the right level of care for you or a loved one
How do you know when it’s time to find professional care for a loved one? What levels of senior care are available?
This decision can be a tough one, but it’s a very important decision to make to ensure you or a loved one is safe, healthy, and well cared for. Additional help may be necessary, and it is not a bad thing. As outlined in the article below, there are several levels of senior care available to ensure older adults live and age well. Many aging services providers, such as Knute Nelson, offer a full continuum of services. This allows you to continue working with the same provider and have additional care services available as you need them.
Be sure to take the assessment at the end of this article. Learn more about your loved one’s care needs and discover a specific care option that would best suit them.
The levels of senior care available at Knute Nelson
The primary levels of care available to aging adults include:
Home Health Care
This option is a popular choice if you or your loved one is looking to remain in their own home. Home health care can provide a variety of in-home services including chronic illness management, skilled nursing, personal care and companionship, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, smart home technology, and more. Find care at home.
After a hospital stay following an injury, illness, or surgery, you may not be ready to return safely home. Short-term rehab services are available to help regain mobility and independence to work towards your goals. Knute Nelson’s Short-Term Rehab is located within the Care Center in Alexandria, MN.
Senior living offers maintenance-free apartments for those 55+. Continue living the lifestyle you love without the daily hassles of household maintenance such as mowing lawn and shoveling snow. Knute Nelson offers senior living apartments at their Grand Arbor and Crystal Brook campuses. Both locations offer an array of convenient services and amenities to enjoy.
Assisted Living/Enhanced Assisted Living
Assisted living offers help with daily activities and peace of mind that help is available 24/7, should you need it. Services and care might include help with dressing, bathing, housekeeping, meals, and more.
Enhanced assisted living offers additional services and care that go beyond typical assisted living. Additional services and care might include transfer assistance, complex medication management, chronic disease management, and more. Knute Nelson provides assisted living at our Crystal Brook, Grand Arbor, and Nelson Gables campuses. *Enhanced assisted living is available at Grand Arbor and Nelson Gables only.
Memory care is designed to meet the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals with dementia or other forms of memory loss. Services and care might include assistance with dressing, bathing, and meals, reassurance and comfort, redirection, activities, and more. Knute Nelson provides memory care at our Autumn Cottages, Crystal Brook, and Grand Arbor campuses.
Long-term care offers 24-hour skilled nursing, personal care, and support. Assistance and care might include complex medication management, chronic illness management, incontinence, catheter, and colostomy care, help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, and more. Knute Nelson provides long-term care at the Knute Nelson Care Center.
Hospice is specialized care that is offered during the final days, weeks, or months of an individual’s life. It focuses on bringing peace, comfort, and an enhanced quality of life to individuals and their families at the end of life. Services include support and comfort, pain management, life-enriching services such as therapeutic music or massage therapy, and more. Get more information on end-of-life care.
Population health is a wellness and health-focused program that focuses on holistic patient care. It functions on the realization that no matter what state of health a person is in, there are programs, practices, and technologies that can improve the person’s overall health and quality of life. Learn more about population health.
The Nelson Wellness Center is available to community members 45+ and offers a variety of health and wellness options to promote health and increase overall well-being. Features include a cardiovascular strength room, classroom studio, warm water pool, personal trainers, fitness classes, and more. More about the Nelson Wellness Center.
Take the assessment to discover the right level of senior care
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Last updated November 29th, 2023
Meet the Author
As the Sales Manager of Senior Housing at Knute Nelson, Anne Wild brings a dedicated spirit and a deep passion for aging services to her role. With an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Ridgewater College, she has a strong background in sales and customer service. Although her past career has primarily focused on the hospitality industry, Wild demonstrates a remarkable commitment to ensuring older adults find secure and comfortable residences. Each day, she takes pride in listening to diverse stories, forming meaningful connections, and making a positive impact on older adults and their families.
Beyond her professional life, she enjoys cherished moments with her friends and family, which includes her husband, two adult children, and their yellow lab, Jax. Together they enjoy entertaining, boating, traveling, hiking/running, cooking, and games. Her unwavering dedication to senior care is a testament to her profound empathy and a desire to enhance the well-being of those who are served by Knute Nelson.