Dec 02, 2011 at 3:29 AM
Before approaching the topic of leaving home with your senior relatives, consider which senior living options you would prefer. The thought of being in a situation where others help you get dressed, take baths and brush your teeth is unpalatable for many. Seniors are no more interested in losing all of their independence than anyone else. Thankfully, senior living options like group homes and retirement communities make it unnecessary. Group homes offer many of the same services as those provided at assisted living facilities, so they are a good option for those that need some help, but not round the clock assistance. Retirement communities are ideal for seniors in solid physical condition with no acute medical problems. They offer:
Costs are a big issue for many seniors, but senior living arrangements like retirement communities can often be purchased for no more than any other dwelling. A senior can sell their current home and move into a retirement community for similar cost. There are also rental options for those seniors that do not own property to sell. Many retirement communities have apartment and home rentals available. Group homes are structured similarly to assisted living and have costs at approximately the same level, though some homes also have more comprehensive service offerings like a nursing home. Costs usually start around $2,250, though they can go much higher. Medicaid can help cover these costs provided the senior qualifies.
The options for senior living are endless, so start looking today. The longer you wait to find the best facilities, the fewer options you will have.