Do you have a parent with a chronic medical condition? Has he or she recently fallen and suffered major or minor injuries? Does your parent feel isolated living alone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to begin considering senior care options in your area. Today’s senior living options can provide medical assistance and a sense of community, so your loved one doesn’t deal with the same risks as he or she would living alone.
However, the choice to enter elder care is about more than simply medical needs. There are other things to keep in mind when considering senior care options.
Budget is one thing that all families have to think about. While some senior living costs are covered by insurance, others may not be. Costs vary depending upon facility, but as a general rule non-profit homes for seniors can be more affordable that for-profit homes. Non-profits may be run by religious groups or other charities, while for-profit communities are often planned by developers.
The type of senior community is the second preference for most elderly adults. While some prefer to have an active lifestyle and would like independent senior housing, others want assisted care and a simplified lifestyle. Senior homes can take several forms: apartments, townhouses, and even private homes built especially with seniors in mind. Location is also important: if you plan on visiting Mom or Dad, you’ll want someplace within driving distance.
Finally, all families that are considering senior care options should think about the type of care that a relative needs. Some homes specialize in treating dementia and Alzheimer’s; others can meet the needs of seniors with health or behavioral care issues. Of the one million seniors living in assisted living homes, around 40% need help with three or more daily tasks, such as dressing, eating, or taking medicine. These seniors may want to look into assisted living facilities that can provide this help each day.
Do you have more questions about senior care? Be sure to visit a facility near you and speak with staff and residents about day to day life. You can also leave a comment below for more suggestions on senior care. Read more.