The baby boomer generation is aging and has left many of us with our own families and concerns, worried about how to best meet the needs of our elderly loved one. The options available today reach beyond the traditional nursing home. It can range from adult day care to Home Care Services. The choice you make will depend on the specific needs of your loved one.
A nursing home facility is generally the most expensive of all the options available. It should also be one of the last resorts unless the medical needs of your loved one dictates a residential facility with highly trained and specialized medical care. Costs could range from $40,000-$100,000 annually.
If the medical needs of your loved one aren’t as complicated, an assisted living care facility is a more economical option. Generally ranging from $25,000-$45,000 a year, an assisted living facility is for those individuals that still maintain a reasonable amount of mobility. Additionally, these facilities are geared for those that also have a reasonable degree of their mental capacities.
In-home senior care is another option that provides your loved one with the comfort of remaining in the comfort and familiarity of their home. The cost for this type of care has the widest range because it is based on the individual requirements of the senior for which care is provided. The needs could range from general assistance with everyday needs, to around the clock specialized medical care. The costs for in-home senior care could range from $20,000-$100,000 a year.
Adult day care is the most economical with costs generally ranging from $10,000-$20,000. Obviously, this type of care doesn’t involve as much skilled nursing as required with many of the other options. If you care for your loved one in the evenings, this option is a consideration for their daytime needs while you work. It provides your loved one with companionship and activities that keep their minds active and engaged.
To determine which option is best for your loved one, start with a list that contains their needs as you see them. Once you have that list, you can begin to analyze the pros and cons of each type of care. You may also want to consult with your loved ones Doctor to seek advice on what is recommended based on their individual condition.
After you have narrowed down the service your loved one will need, you will need to investigate the providers in your area that offer these services. The costs will vary from facility to facility, but you will want to make sure that you are receiving the best care for your loved one. Cost is not always an indicator of that care, so be sure to interview those who will be placed in charge of your senior.
It is never an easy thing to grasp when you come to the understanding that your mother or father needs the care that they have always provided for you. As you investigate the options from adult day care to senior home care, assure your loved one that you are seeking the option that best serves their needs.