Is a Nursing Home the Only Option for Long-Term Care
As our loved ones age, we want the best for them. We want them to be comfortable, happy and safe. If you or a loved one needs long-term care, other choices besides nursing home care may be available. Here are some of the other options.
Most people would prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. Sometimes help is needed with some common daily living activities such as laundry, shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Family members may be able to help with those needs and if not, there are home health-care agencies that can assist with some of these chores.
Accessory dwelling units
If you or a loved one owns a single-family home, adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to that home may help retain independence while getting some help with daily activities. An ADU, or “in-law apartment,” usually provides a separate living space with a sleeping area, a place to cook, and a bathroom. Check with your local zoning office to be sure ADUs are allowed in your area. Also, the cost of adding an ADU can vary widely, depending on the size of the unit and the cost for materials and labor.
Subsidized senior housing
There are federal and state programs that help pay for housing for some older people with low to moderate incomes. Some of these housing programs also offer help with meals and other activities like housekeeping, shopping, and laundry. Residents usually live in their own apartments in the complex. Rent payments are usually a percentage of your income.
These facilities generally provide more services than offered in subsidized senior housing. Services can include help with bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, taking medications and getting to appointments. Residents often live in an apartment and may share meals in a common dining room. Social and recreational activities are usually provided. Some of these facilities have health services on site.
A nursing home may not be your only choice. Discharge planners and social workers in hospitals and home health agencies can explain the options and help arrange care.
We have CFS* Financial Advisors ready to help you determine the best option for your financial situation.
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