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Questions answered on what type of Senior Care to seek

Seniors do not always plan for their care.  Often it is a single really bad fall that lands them in the hospital.  They then need 24/7 care after they leave the hospital.  Sometimes they can go to a skilled nursing facility, if they are approved by their insurance.  They can privately pay for rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility, but it is very expensive at about $300 a day.  Most people do not want to pay that.  Options for 24/7 care include family help, home health care, and assisted living.  

Having the family care for their seniors is difficult on everyone involved.  Spouses usually have their own health issues and need to keep up their strength.  Taking care of the spouse in need can inhibit this strength as well as health.  It is a lot of work caring for a loved one, both physically and mentally.  Most of the time there is stress, tension, and a lack of light-hearted quality time spent together.

Home health care is helpful at home.  However, the family has to be prepared to spend $30 or more per hour for the care.  Obtaining 24/7 care for a month can be as much as $8,000-$10,000.  Some are comfortable paying this.  Most are not.  Expenses aside, the family is still involved when home health comes to the home.  If there are issues, the family will still experience stress and tension in the home.  

The third option is Assisted Living outside of the home.  Assisted Living can either be at a community or a group home.  The patient that needs 24/7 care should consider a care (group) home.  If a patient needs less care and enjoys a larger community, then an assisted living community is the best option. Depending on the level of care and the location, the preference of a shared or private room, with or without a bathroom, care (group) homes start at around $2,000 and on the very high end about $6,000. Most usually pay between $3,000 and $4,000 on average.  Communities usually start in the high $2,000's through $3,000.  Then there is an added fee that can be from $500-$2,000 for added care needs.  Communities also ask for an upfront community fee from usually $1,000 to $3,000.  Care (group) homes usually do not ask for community fees and their monthly rate does not typically change depending on care needs.

All are great options.  It depends on the patients’ needs and budget.  We often say "one doesn't usually say let's just go check out Assisted Living care options!"  One usually needs to find assisted living care in a hurry.  There is so much emotion involved and it is stressful.  A trusted senior placement agency like Caring Senior Transitions can take the worry away.

This is where Caring Senior Transitions can help.  We call the group homes and we deal with care homes.  This is because we find homes that we would place my own parents or family in.  We are a free service that talks with the medical staff and families to find out the clients’ needs and budget.  After determining what the needs and budget are we help find quality assisted living for seniors.

Give us a call at 800-516-4410 or Email us at  and let us help!

Also, check out our recent interview on news channel 5!

The benefit of art for senior citizens

Nana is drawing

There are many activities in communities and group homes for seniors, including art classes. Art takes seniors to a wonderful, peaceful place away from the darker side of things. Art also helps with their dexterity. I have seen wonderful pieces of art from seniors that have little to no prior experience. It shows in their faces that the art gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride. In addition, it can be a very social activity. There are many mobile companies that hold classes in communities or group homes. Many seniors might have always wanted to create art and have simply never had the time when they were younger. Sometimes art can help transform and reinvent a person. Caring Senior Transitions has many relationships with communities and group homes that offer classes such as these. Here is an article I read a while ago that really resonated with me, touching on this same topic of art amongst seniors.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a residential option for seniors who want or need help with some of the activities of daily living—including but not limited to cooking meals, getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night, keeping house, and traveling to appointments.

Either an assisted living community or care home (also referred to as a group home, usually with 10 residents or less) may be a good choice if you need more personal care services than you can get at home or at an independent living retirement community, but you don’t necessarily need the round-the-clock medical care of a skilled nursing home.

Assisted living communities and homes offer the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. In care homes there is more individualized care as opposed to care found in a community. There are less patients for one caregiver than there are in a community. Doctors and nurses are available at communities and care homes. However, privacy and independence are encouraged. A good community or care home will develop a personalized plan that meets your needs and accommodates your disabilities, all while giving you the freedom to do what you can for yourself. In general, assisted living is in a residential type facility. Some provide apartment-style living with scaled down kitchens, while others provide rooms. In some, you may need to share a room unless you are willing to pay a higher price. Most communities and care homes have a group dining area and common areas for social and recreational activities.

Usually a community is recommended for seniors who enjoy many social activities, do not require as much care, and are not at a severe fall risk. If more care is needed and the senior is less active then a care home is usually the better option. The family's budget is also a factor, of course. Communities tend to be more expensive. Care homes usually do not increase their rates as the senior needs more care. Rates at a community generally will increase as the senior needs more care.

What is Independent Living?

Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing varies vastly from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to older adults, often being more compact with easier navigation and no maintenance or yard work to worry about.

While residents live independently, most communities offer amenities, activities, and services. Often, recreational centers or clubhouses are available on site to give seniors the opportunity to connect with peers and participate in community activities, such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, and movie nights. Independent living facilities may also offer amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, or even golf courses, among other potential clubs and interest groups. Other services offered in independent living may include onsite spas, beauty and barber salons, daily meals, and basic housekeeping and laundry services.

Since independent living facilities are aimed at older adults who need little or no assistance with activities of daily living, most do not offer medical care or nursing staff. However, if needed it is generally close by in another part of the community. Utilization of medical care or nuring staff comes with increased costs. At this point moving to an assisted living community or care home is usually recommended.

Our staff at Caring Senior Transitions will ask the senior, family and case manager, in the case they are at a medical facility, thorough and crucial questions to determine what housing and care arrangements would be suitable.

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