4 Myths Older Adults Believe About Senior Living
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We all want to help the older adults in our family stay safe, healthy, and happy. Finding ways to do so can be challenging as a senior begins to require our assistance. Start learning more about the different types of senior care and which one might best fit a loved one’s needs.
An assisted living community is the best of two worlds. It is a senior housing option that allows an older adult to maintain their independence while still having the assistance they need nearby. Assisted living communities are designed for adults who need help performing the activities of daily living. It might be assistance with bathing and grooming or a helping hand managing their medication schedule. Although communities have staff on-site 24 hours a day, the goal of an assisted living community is to keep residents as independent as possible. Every assisted living community has a unique personality and offers different levels of care, services, and amenities. Some are more upscale and formal, while others have a casual, relaxed environment.
Research shows just how important where you choose to live matters during retirement. From wellness programs to a thoughtfully-designed environment, here’s how assisted living communities help older adults live their best quality of life.
If an assisted living facility sounds like a good fit, One of our experienced senior care advisors can help you find a community that best meets your or your loved one’s needs. From cost to location, our team members are experts in guiding families through our resources and helping them understand their senior living options.
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When an older loved one begins struggling to maintain their safety and independence at home, families often begin searching for senior care options. Finding a solution that will keep the senior safe while allowing them to feel independent is usually the goal.
Fortunately, assisted living is a type of care that meets those criteria.
A: Assisted living communities are a popular option for older retired adults because they combine independence with assistance. Residents of an assisted living community appreciate having their own apartment or suite. This allows them to maintain their autonomy and independence while knowing the support of caregivers is nearby around the clock.
A: Assisted living residents can receive help with personal care and the activities of daily living (ADL), including bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. Many also require support with medication management.
Well-balanced meals, healthy snacks, housekeeping services, laundry, transportation, life enrichment activities, and wellness programs are usually included in the resident’s monthly fee.
A: Families often think an assisted living community is just a fancier version of a nursing home. These two types of senior housing may seem similar, but are, in fact, very different. Assisted living communities focus on providing a level of support that is more custodial in nature and less medically complex. Residents usually need help with two or three activities of daily living: bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting or continence care, and transferring (i.e., from one chair to another).
Residents often need assistance managing their medications, too.
By contrast, residents of a nursing home have more complex medical needs. A resident might live with diabetes and need skilled nursing care to tend to chronic wounds. Or they might have an illness like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that requires support from a respiratory therapist.
A: Every assisted living community has its own method of determining pricing. Some communities bundle all care and services into one monthly price, while others have a base price and a variety of added charges.
In 2018, the average cost for assisted living is $4,000 a month. There are some cities and states where the cost of care is much higher or lower. For example, the Northeast has a much higher cost of living and rates for assisted living communities there reflect that difference.
Make sure you understand what is—and isn’t—included in every assisted living community’s monthly fees.
A: The answer to this question is sometimes surprising for older adults and their loved ones: Medicare doesn’t help finance assisted living.
Medicare is a health insurance program designed to pay for the health care-related expenses of seniors and younger people who have disabilities. Because assisted living doesn’t meet that criteria, seniors and their families must rely on other types of financing for assisted living.
A: Many assisted living communities allow pets, though there might be size restrictions. Some require the resident to manage their pet independently, while others offer services to help the senior care for their pet.
If you or your senior loved one has a pet that will be making the move too, ask the community for a copy of their pet policy.
A: Contracts and resident agreements differ from community to community. In general, most communities only require a month-to-month contract or lease.
A: Yes! Communities typically welcome this as it helps the senior create an environment that looks and feels like home. Many assisted living communities also have staff members who help with space planning before the move.
A: While assisted living communities usually have open visitation hours, they do ask families to remember the community is home for residents. Early morning or late-night visitors are encouraged to be respectful of other residents.
If an older adult you love is struggling at home, it may be time for to explore assisted living communities. One of our experienced senior care advisors will be happy to help you find assisted living locations nearby.
Call us at (800) 304-8061 for help making a thoughtful, informed decision!
One of the first questions seniors and their adult children ask when they begin the search for senior assisted living is how much it will cost. There are many myths that lead older adults to believe assisted living facilities are only for wealthy seniors. The truth is this type of senior housing can often be an affordable solution.
While the average cost for an assisted living community in 2018 is $4,000,* the actual monthly cost can vary greatly. A variety of factors can impact the costs, including:
In some states, such as Missouri ($2,844 per month), Arkansas ($3,037 per month), and Georgia ($3,100 per month), the cost of senior assisted living is more affordable. This is especially true when contrasted with Alaska ($6,300 per month) or New Jersey ($6,065 per month).
One challenge when searching for assisted living homes is comparing one community’s price with another. That’s because every community has their own way of determining monthly fees. Some assisted living communities offer bundledservices and others have à la carte pricing.
Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you compare assisted living communities:
It’s often a surprise for older adults to learn that Medicare doesn’t help pay for assisted living communities. That’s because assisted living is considered custodial care and not skilled health care.
While private funds are the leading source of funding for assisted living communities, there are other solutions that families should explore. A few of the most common ones include:
If you are starting to search for an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one, we can help. At no cost to you or your loved ones, one of our experienced senior care advisors can help you set priorities and find a community that best meets them.
Call us at (800) 304-8061 to get started.
*“Cost of Care Survey 2018,” Genworth Financial, updated October 9, 2018, https://www.genworth.com/aging-and-you/finances/cost-of-care.html