WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? A GUIDE TO SENIOR CARE CHOICES

Empowering families to make informed and confident decisions regarding senior

care and housing options.

 

Skilled Nursing offers the highest level of care. Generally, these are the appropriate option for people who are completely immobile (bedridden) or who require skilled nursing care on an ongoing basis. While nursing homes can be paid privately, many long term residents require government assistance in the form of Medicaid as the national average cost is more than $6,500 per month. Assisted Living Communities have emerged as an alternative to nursing homes for those who may need care but prefer a more homelike environment. In addition to amenities such as meals, housekeeping, transportation, and activities, assisted living communities also offer personal care needs including medication management, bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. Like independent living, residents typically live in apartments ranging in size and design. The average cost for assisted living is $3,000 to $6,000 per month, but can vary significantly depending on location and the level of care required. Assisted living usually must be paid privately, but some states allow Medicaid to pay for assisted living. Veterans, their spouses, and widows may also be eligible for financial assistance. Residential Care Homes also referred to as group homes and adult family care homes, usually house 2 to 10 residents in a single family home. They offer a level of care comparable to that of assisted living, but in a quiet, homelike setting with a family atmosphere. Some residential care homes specialize in memory care. Costs vary widely, but usually range from $5000 to $8,000 a month. Residential care homes usually must be paid privately although some states offer assistance through Medicaid. Memory Care is specialized care for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a related memory disorder.      

They offer a secure environment for safety as well as specially trained staff and appropriately stimulating environment and activities. Some communities offer positive and innovative techniques to deal with difficult behaviors. The cost will vary depending on the type of community (Assisted Living, Residential Care or Skilled Nursing) but tends to range from $4,500 to $7,000 per month. Independent Living Communities, also known as retirement communities, offer seniors a maintenance free lifestyle of apartment or cottage living while still providing a wide range of activities and amenities. These include meals, light housekeeping, transportation as well as organized activities, trips and entertainment. Independent living communities’ costs and amenities vary widely, but usually start at $1,500+ per month. Independent living usually must be paid privately, although in rare cases veteran’s aid can help.

Senior Apartments serve as a quiet living environment for independent seniors who want to live near other seniors. The lack of basic assistance and amenities makes senior apartments inappropriate for seniors who are who are frail or who have developed care needs. Senior apartments can range from luxurious to very affordable. Home Care is offered either as Skilled Home Health or Private Duty Care. Private Duty care offers care in the home by aides who help with needs like shopping, cooking, light cleaning and personal care with an average cost of $22/hour. Skilled Home Health offers physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as nursing services and is covered on a short term basis through Medicare. Adult day care centers offer assistance, supervision and nutritious meals during the day on a drop-in basis. They also offer activities, entertainment, and other opportunities for socialization and stimulation. The average daily cost is $60 and is either funded privately or subsidized in some states. Empowering families to make informed and confident decisions regarding senior care and housing options. Gaining information and knowledge about your choices will bring you peace of mind. Getting started is easy. Simply call us today!


A Place for Mom is North America’s largest and most trusted service for helping families make smart senior living choices. We partner with 20,000 providers across independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s & memory care, home care, group homes, and senior apartments. Our service is free to you and your family as providers pay a fee to APFM. Call us to connect with a caring Senior Living Advisor in your area.

 


Lance Galassi
Community Relations Advisor | A Place for Mom, Inc.
o: (203) 788-8922 | Referral Line: (203) 987-6320
e: lanceg@aplaceformom.com