Sep 30, 2011 at 4:45 AM
The plethora of senior living options makes choosing the right one difficult. You need to honestly assess your situation to determine if you would be better off at home, in a retirement community, renting senior apartments or in assisted living facilities. Your overall health and fitness will be the determining factor. To stay at home safely you must be able to:
If you can do all of these things, then staying at home might be an option. On the other hand, a retirement community allows you to avoid some of these items and perform others with ease. A retirement community offers living spaces with handicapped bathrooms and single level space. This allows you to bathe with ease and avoid stairs entirely. If a wheelchair becomes necessary, you will still have access to your entire home. If you can not perform these activities, assisted living facilities might be the option for you.
Costs of Senior Living in Utah
While price is not the only concern when assessing senior living options it certainly falls at the top of the list for many. At home care services start at $14 per hour for homemaker services and $16 per hour for home health aides. Assisted living facilities start at $1,775 per month. For either of these options, the costs are often out of pocket. Medicare does not offer any help with personal care services, only direct health services. Medicaid may help, but only if you qualify. There are strict federal regulations for qualifying for Medicaid.
Finding Senior Living in Utah
Finding senior living options in Utah is simple, but finding options you can afford may be more difficult. You might have to consider selling your home to facilitate the move into a more comfortable senior living arrangement. Look at all of your options before making a final decision.