In 2010, the U.S. Census recorded more people aged 65 and older than in any other point in history. At 40.3 million people, and 13% of the population, the “Baby Boomer” group effect will continue for several more decades.
What does this mean? As of 2008, about 3.2 million Americans were living in nursing homes. Not all retired life involves the iconic nursing home, however; retirement communities that encourage independent senior living are also on the upswing. There are actually many different options for senior living.
If your loved ones are growing older and it’s time to consider the best options for their long term care, then here are three important tips for evaluating senior living facilities.
1. Finding the Right Fit
The needs of every senior are different, and you need to keep this in mind as you visit different care facilities. Does the community calendar of events seem to match their interests? If they are interested in attending religious services, is that possible? If they enjoy taking walks outdoors, are the grounds attractive, as well as safe? Choosing the best senior living also depends on understanding the care needs of your relative. If they need someone to check in once a week in an independent living type situation, or twice a day, this will impact which location is the most ideal for them.
2. Independent Living for Seniors: Beware of Abuse
It’s scary to note that almost 10% of the elderly population was reported as abused in 2010. In almost 60% of cases, the abuse was in the form of neglect. It probably will not surprise you to learn that 36% of nursing homes were found to be in violation of elderly abuse laws. This isn’t meant to scare you away from them: in fact, the most common perpetrator is someone related to the victim. However, what you can do is check into the background of any facility you’re considering. Are there pending lawsuits? Are they familiar with current legislation regarding elderly care? Et cetera.
3. Living in a Senior Home: Does Money Matter?
Although assisted living often has a reputation as “pricey,” the total cost often isn’t as expensive as you might think, given what is provided. A survey by APlaceForMom found that monthly home costs average out to $2,714 per senior, while the average assisted living costs were $3,102 per senior. It’s also worth noting that 41 states offer waivers for low-income residents interested in assisted living. Ultimately, staying at home can get expensive- and unsafe- once elder family members require daily assistance and have trouble navigating things like stairs and steps.
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