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There Are Many Kinds Of Senior Living To Consider For Your Loved One
You have probably heard the words Assisted Living. Perhaps you wondered “what is it”? “Are there different types?” The answer is that there is no commonly accepted definition of Assisted Living, and there are many types of Senior Living outside a seniors own home. The fact is most if not every state in the U.S. has its own definitions, descriptions and usually licensing requirements for senior living options. Assisted Living is generally like apartment living with the aid of services provided by staff if needed. Things like meals, personal care, cleaning and transportation may all be a part of what is offered by a business offering Assisted Living to seniors. Also there are Adult Foster Care Homes, Board and Care Homes, Residential Care Homes and Nursing Homes offering similar services to name just a few.
Signs That It May be Time for Your Loved One to Consider Senior Living Options
Deciding on whether it is the right time to move a loved one into assisted living or a senior care home can be one of the hardest and most heart-wrenching decisions you and your family may have to make. When we were deciding if it was time to move mom, it took us several weeks, maybe even a month to finally make the decision. But if the intent is to keep your senior parent happy, safe and healthy, then it is probably a decision you must undertake, because in truth it is the best for your loved one and for the family as a whole to know they are safe and well cared for.
At Senior Home Search, we have read hundreds of articles with titles stating 3 reasons, 5 reasons, 8 reasons, 11 reasons and more why it is time for your senior parent to move. However there is no form to fill out that says Yes/No it is time for Mom to move into a Senior Care Home. There are not 3, 4 or 11 checkboxes that will decide for you.
How Do We Decide it is Time For A Move Into a Senior Home?
Each person’s individual situation and circumstances alone will determine if a move to Assisted Living or to a Senior Care Home should be considered. Sometimes there may be only a few things to consider, sometimes many. So, what can help us to evaluate our loved ones circumstances? You will need answers to important questions to help you decide about senior home living.
Health And Memory Questions:
- Is your parent telling you that he is eating, but you're seeing food go bad in the refrigerator?
- If your loved one isn’t maintaining a healthy weight, it could be because they’re having a hard time cooking their meals or they have a loss of appetite symptomatic of some larger problem. Either way, if they need assistance with as basic a task as eating often enough, they should have regular care.
- Are there signs that your parent is not changing their clothes on a regular basis? Do they seem to always have the same thing on when you visit? Are there very few clothes in the laundry basket? What about their appearance, does it appear they have not been bathing and grooming themselves as before?
- Is your aging parent remembering to take medications correctly, with the right dosages and at the right time? Are medications expired? Take a look at the last refill date on prescriptions, are there more pills in the bottle than there should be given the last refill, this should be a big red flag.
- Are there stacks of papers and unpaid bills lying around? This may be a sign that they are not remembering to care for daily and monthly tasks and need assistance to keep up.
Are you noticing injuries? Minor injuries become a much bigger deal the older you get and if your loved one is suffering from them, then they likely need more day-to-day help than they’re willing to admit.
- Are they able to operate appliances safely? Do they remember to turn appliances off when they are finished cooking?
- Is the home your parent is currently living in equipped with safety features such as grab bars and perhaps an emergency response system with fall detection?
- Do they have a plan in place to contact help in case of an emergency?
- Seeming more frail. Do you feel anything "different" about the person's strength and stature when you hug? Can your loved one rise easily from a chair? Does she or he seem unsteady or unable to balance? Compare these observations to the last time you were together.
- Do you notice any bruising on their arms, legs or other parts of the body that would indicate they may be falling? Many times seniors will try and hide this from you.
- What about an emergency such as a fire, flood or other natural disaster? Would your loved one know how to be safe in those situations, if not they should not be alone.
- When you really look at your parent, do you see the bright and vibrant person from years ago, or do you see a more limited person who needs help one or more hours a day, or even around the clock?
Family Situation Questions:
- Do they have friends, or are they isolated from others most of the time?
- Is there someone who checks in on them on a regular basis? If not you or another family member, who does this? Is your loved one willing to consider a home safety system or a personal alarm system, or even a daily calling service?
- Are you able to change your schedule to spend more time helping your loved one? If not then it may be time to consider senior housing options
These are just a few things to help you begin to consider whether or not it is time for a change. Change is never easy and especially for seniors. So in the next article we will consider ways to approach the subject with your loved one.
The Cost Of Assisted Living And Senior Care
If you would like to know how much the different types of long term senior living costs you can be assured there is much information available.
According to one U.S. government source, the average cost of long term senior care and assisted living ranges from about $36,000 to around $72,000 per year. And in some cases the average can be over $250,000 per year. The average monthly cost of adult foster care and small senior homes in the U.S. is somewhat lower, roughly $2,500 a month to about $4,500 per month. If you think that is a wide difference you are correct. Why such a big difference?
That’s easy to answer. It is because there are 50 states in the U.S. and probably about 100 different Kinds of Long Term Care, or senior homes and senior living, depending on the state. Each of those different kinds of senior living has a different cost associated with it. That’s right, the kind of care and where it takes place makes a big difference in the yearly, and of course monthly cost.
'The national median monthly rate for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility is $4,300 per month’ according to the latest Cost of Care Survey released by Genworth Financial Inc. of Richmond, Virginia. That's $51,600 per year, an increase of about 50 percent over the year 2013.
And so the key to finding out ‘What is the Cost of Senior Home Living’ to you and your loved one is to have a good resource to help you. You will want to do the following:
1. Identify the kind of Senior Home you are in need of.
2. Determine which of those homes can provide the kind of care required.
3. Locate homes that fit and are close and convenient to you and your family.
Once you have that information, you will have a good idea of the Cost of Senior Home Living for you and your loved one.
What Are The Best Sources To Find What Senior Living Costs?
Senior Home Search is one of the Best Sources for helping you get this information. We offer information on thousands of small to medium sized Senior Care Homes across the U.S. in an easy to use format. Homes that are many times family owned and operated, fully state licensed, professionally staffed and very importantly, offer a family like home atmosphere.
There are literally dozens and dozens of web sites with “calculators” to get costs – and your name and phone number. There are web sites that pressure you to call an “800” number to talk to a sales person. But really, the best way is to use Senior Home Search to help you collect the information you need without the hassle. Contact Senior Care Home owners directly to find out what the Cost of Senior Home Living and Assisted Living really is.
Forms To Help You Search For The Best Senior Living
Using a Checklist when looking online or when visiting a home in person is important. A Checklist will help you ask all the right questions and get all the answers you need to make an informed decision.
Senior Home Search has put together a checklist for you to use. Have it with you when calling and visiting each home you are considering. It is very comprehensive and we hope you find it helpful.
There may be things on the list you did not think of and this will help you in your search. You can print out as many copies as you need to take with you when visiting each home. Get your copy now.
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Senior Homes - What are the Options in Your State
In your search for a place for yourself or a place for mom or dad to live, you are seeing so many different names and terms for various types of senior homes and senior living. These terms and names have changed over the years and what we may have at one time called a 'Nursing Home' or 'Old Folks Home' are now called many other things. At one time thoughts of white-walled, institutional settings we we’re hesitant to visit are now independent and assisted living options offering a wide range of appealing amenities, features and socializations.
Assisted Living, Adult Foster Care, Nursing Home, Board and Care Homes.
The different levels of care available today will depend on you or your loved one's needs, and various options, depending on a senior's health, age and financial status.
What is very important however, is that most if not every state in the U.S. has it's own definitions - descriptions and usually licensing requirements for senior living options. This is where we provide you with an important and useful resource for finding what your states options are.
To discover what senior living options are offered in your state:
Information updated regularly.
What You Should Do When Searching For Senior Living
When it comes time to choose a home for you or your senior Loved One, you may discover it is a difficult task. Your goal is to find the best home possible yet you may be looking at many, even dozens of homes on a list. How will you make the right decision?
The best way can be to make sure you are informed about each home you are considering. First it is great to have access to the internet so you may gather details about homes in your area, their basic information, rates, amenities, history, even photos of the homes and their surroundings. Also you will want to make a list so that you can collect that information about each home you are looking at and have it available when finally making that important choice. You can fill out the list from the facts you gather on the web, but also take it along when you visit the homes in your search. Obviously it is very important to visit each home you are considering.
So here are some tips on conducting your search and suggestions for some of the information you will want to collect.
1. Determine The Needs Of You Or Your Loved One
What are the needs which must be provided by the home? This is a question that should be answered first. If a home does not meet those needs it will not be placed on a list of homes you will consider. Needs may depend on your loved ones level of independence, health care needs, even budget and payment option requirements. Many of these questions are answered on websites such as Senior Home Search. But do not neglect calling the homes as well.
To determine needs you may ask some questions: Does your loved one require help with Activities of Daily Living - ADLs? Do they need help with dressing themselves, taking a shower, and going to the bathroom, preparing meals, taking their medications, etc.? Are there memory issues – dementia or Alzheimers disease? Some homes will not accept someone with memory issues while others specialize in and/or are licensed for memory care.
2. Make a List of Homes
Once you have determined what needs must be provided by a prospective home, make a list of all of the homes that address those needs and are in a location that will be as convenient as possible to as many of those as will be regular visitors or responsible for monitoring your loved ones care. This will no doubt include family and also friends who are active in their care.
How many homes will be on this list depends on you, as you will be doing quite a bit of homework in order to find the best possible fit. Many people will work with a list of at least 3 or 4 homes that fill their needs. As discussed these needs will include 1) Location 2) Budget and 3) Required Care.
3. Visit Each Home / Facility on Your List
Most if not all of us would never consider buying a home or renting an apartment without first visiting. Likewise, each home on your list should be visited, allowing sufficient time to get a thorough understanding of the home, its staff and how it is operated. In many cases, especially with smaller homes, you will be meeting with the owner. Be sure to have your checklist and questions handy on your visits.
4. Ask the Right Questions
Whether during your visit or on the phone, you should be prepared with the right questions to ask about the home. This is important to ensure your search for the best possible home and environment for your loved one is a success. Your questions should be designed to help you understand clearly the services, programs and processes the care home has in place. Your questions may include:
What is the ratio of caregivers to residents on every shift?
Does the staff undergo a background check before employment?
How will you meet my loved ones needs?
How often are visitors allowed? Are visitors allowed anytime?
Is the staff provided with ongoing training? Is the staff monitored to assure proper behavior and job performance?
What are the state requirements and the homes requirements to be hired to provide care?
What safety guidelines are in place at the home?
These are just a few examples of questions that should be answered clearly and in a detailed manor by the home/facility operator. You will no doubt want to add others you feel are important. And do not be afraid to write down the answers provided while on your visit.
5. Be Thorough When Visiting Each Home
When you visit each care home, make sure you inspect the facility thoroughly noting things that are good about it, and also any red flags which may turn up. Does the home or facility make you feel welcomed? Does it smell good like it was just cleaned or does it smell like urine?
Do you see licensing certificates posted in plain view? Do they have photos of the residents’ celebrations? Do they visibly display their food menu or schedule of activities? Are the residents just sleeping in their room during the day or are they staying active? Are the bathrooms and inside the refrigerators clean? Does it look like they pay attention to detail at the facility?
You can see that a very thorough inspection will take some time, but is extremely important. Your loved one may be living there one day!
6. Talk to the Residents
Are the residents living in the home sociable? How do they interact with one another? Do they look well groomed? Are they happy? Are their alert levels similar to that of your Loved One? In case the residents are not alert, it does not mean the care facility is a bad home. It could mean that the particular home or community specializes in dementia residents. Make sure to find out from the staff and owner the condition of the residents before you visit to help save you time. And it is important to talk to the residents and try to determine if they would get along with your Loved One.
7. Talk to the Owner and the Caregivers
Does the Owner and each Caregiver at the home during your visit seem friendly and welcoming? Do they rush you off or do they take time to answer your questions. Do they seem to want to understand your Loved One’s needs? How do the staff and caregivers interact with the residents? Do they seem like they care? Observe them and do not hesitate to take notes.
8. Get All the Facts
Preferably before your visit, you should check on the Facility’s Licensing Records and get testimonials from the other residents’ families that are staying there now or that have stayed there in the past. Check with the neighbors to see if there have been any reported problems inside or outside of the home or facility.
If you want a thorough report, a great place to start checking on the care facility is with State Licensing board or department. Each care home and community is licensed by the State and they keep on file all of the write-ups or citations each facility has received since it opened.
Minor citations are common such as administration write-ups. However, major citations noted by the State inspector are something worth learning more about in detail. If a care facility has a major citation, it is worth getting more information from the State and even bringing it to the attention of the care homeowner or management staff for an explanation. It may turn out to be a reason to remove that home from your list.
You may also check to see if the home is rated online at sites other than the States website. Do your research and check online reviews and ratings for the facilities you are considering. Be sure to also check the Better Business Bureau rating and look for complaints and even compliments from the residents or their families.
9. Take All The Time You Need!
The more time you have to research each home on your list, the better it is for you and your Loved One. The home you and your family choose should be the best you can find. This is a most important decision and deserves as much time as needed.
Keep in mind that good, excelling care homes and communities will many times stay full with no vacancies. When a vacancy does become available, due to their popularity and reputation, they fill their opening up very quickly.
It can be difficult lining up a good care home just when it has an opening And it is the time when your Loved One is in need of care. If you already visited homes but your Loved One is not ready, it might be a good idea to see if you can go on the care facilities wait lists.
Summary and Conclusion:
Selecting the right senior care home for you or your Loved One is a very important task. A good – well thought out choice is important in order to avoid having to move your Loved One from one care facility to another due to unforeseen problems or issues. Such moves can be very difficult for your Loved One and place them under a lot of stress.
The initial move to an assisted living care home or community is already going to be a big adjustment so you want to make sure that you choose carefully. You can use these tips to help increase your chances of success in finding the right home.
In this article I thought to share with you some of my findings on the HIDDEN FEES that are lurking in some if not all Assisted Living Facilities' pricing structures. This came to mind after I was reviewing a checklist that AARP put out for people who are searching for an Assisted Living facility. What was it that was so surprising?
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