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.
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