Oct 09, 2011 at 10:29 AM
Senior living options are a major concern for many families. As your senior relatives get older, it may not be safe for them to live at home alone. Many seniors have difficulty:
These are just a few of the challenges faced by many seniors in a home environment. Assisted living facilities and active adult communities can make a seniors life much easier. Assisted living facilities offer help with daily living. They can assist a senior with getting dressed, making appointments or managing medications. Active adult communities offer living spaces that are designed to be easy to navigate for the elderly. The elderly with issues related to balance that are otherwise healthy may benefit from having access to a living arrangement that is equipped with some safety features like railings.
Retirement communities are a place where many seniors find that they can enjoy their remaining years. Instead of being tied up with property maintenance many seniors prefer the lower stress of relaxing in a community of like minded seniors. The costs are out of pocket, but they are often reasonable. In some cases costs are dependent on the earnings of the senior. Assisted living facilities have a starting cost of $1,575 per month. While this may seem prohibitively expensive at first, consider the addition of the utilities that are included as part of that fee. Medicaid may be able to pay for personal care expenses, but it can not help with the costs of room and board.
Locating the right facility for you may take some work. You will need to find the right facility as early as possible. That way you can plan for the future with the knowledge of where you want to end up.