Solutions For Independence

Providing Life Consulting and Planning for the Aging and Disabled


Assited Living Options That Work For You

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Most people don't realize how many different types of senior care living communities there are. Today are going to talk about a few options & what they have to offer.

In an early article, we talked about my client in need of an independent living setting. Since his wife passed, he has been very isolated and not eating properly. An independent living facility is a perfect fit for him because he is independent and does not need assistance with medication management or personal care. When he gets to the point where he will need that extra help, we will facilitate his move to an assisted living facility or nursing home if necessary.

Assisted living facilities, also known as personal care homes, offer amenities such as meals, light housekeeping, and activities. In addition, they offer medication management, therapy services, incontinence care, & some nursing services. The goal is to allow the resident to "Age in Place" therefore, they provide additional services as needs increase. They can also provide hospice care towards end of life situations to allow the person to remain in that setting throughout their days.

Memory Care Assisted Living is an alternative for those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other conditions causing memory loss. These facilities are secure with higher staffing ratios. They are set up in smaller settings that can be easily navigated. This helps to minimize the resident’s confusion in a safe & secure environment. For someone who is unsafe to live alone and at risk of wandering, this option is a great alternative.

The cost of assisted living and memory care settings vary greatly with semi-private rooms costing less than private. The cost is not covered by medical insurance. Some long-term care insurance policies help to offset the cost. The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance program can help too, which will be discussed in a later article. There is no Medicare or Medicaid funding for assisted living. However, there are some creative options for continuing care retirement communities also known as CCRC's. We will talk about these options in our next article. 

If you are considering a senior care living community for mom or dad, please contact us:

Phone: 412.999.7892

Email: [email protected]

We can help you navigate the options, costs, locations, and availability of these different types of settings.

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