Mar 26, 2011 at 1:06 AM
When adult children start to ask about senior living options for their parents, the most common replies involve retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. However, there are other options. In-home care has expanded dramatically over the years, and there are now a variety of contract services available to allow seniors to stay at home until they need to enter a nursing home. In fact, if they have a younger family member living with them, they may be able to stay at home until hospice gets put on the table. The variety of services available at home includes:
Pretty much any service that is offered at assisted living facilities is also available through contract services at home.
The cost of in-home services for senior living is what often pushes senior into assisted living facilities or nursing homes. A home health aide starts at $16 per hour. If a senior needs help with multiple daily tasks, this can mean four or more hours of assistance per day. Unless the senior is homebound, Medicaid will not cover these costs. However, the costs for assisted living facilities are covered along the same basis. Medicaid will only help with assisted living if it is medically necessary. With assisted living facilities starting at $1,050 and going up to $7,650 per month, Medicaid is often the only option for covering these costs and seniors that do not qualify are forced to wait.
There are many senior living options available to Maryland residents. More facilities are available outside of the cities, though there are options for city senior living as well. Get in touch with your local Medicaid office to determine which providers are approved and start scheduling visits today.