Sep 23, 2011 at 12:51 AM
If your parent is going to need assisted senior living and will be transferring into an elderly assisted living community, there are certain things you can do in order to make their transition easier. In Nebraska, the assisted living facilities are governed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and you should remember at all times that you can contact them with any questions you may have concerning assisted living for seniors.
It can be very important for you to support your loved one during the transition to a senior living space. One thing you can do is to talk with your elderly relative about their feelings of loss or fear. It is not unusual for a person to feel a sense of loss when moving into an elderly assisted living community and you should never minimize their feelings. Try to motivate them to change their feelings, but always sympathize with them and acknowledge their feelings.
Another thing you should do is to call and visit them as much as you can when your senior loved one is put into an assisted living facility. Regular contact will validate to your loved one that you love and care for them and are not just putting them someplace to get rid of them.
Cost will probably always be a consideration when choosing senior living. Unfortunately, in Nebraska, only long term care insurance will cover the costs of assisted living. Traditional things that seniors rely on, like Medicare will not cover these costs. In some cases, you may find that your loved one will be eligible for Medicaid and it may cover a small amount of costs, but only those associated with their medical care. Some facilities may accept SSI, but that will be up to the facility at hand.
The average costs for assisted living in Nebraska are about $2802 per month for a private suite that has one bedroom.