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A Variety of Assisted Living Options

You have decided that care outside the home setting may be in order. What is next? Depending upon where you live, there may be anywhere from a handful to a plethora of options! Assisted living options come in many sizes, styles, and offer a variety of care choices.

Available options may include small homes, large resort-like communities, assisted neighborhoods with groupings of small homes, and apartments attached to skilled nursing centers. The options available, and the policies that regulate them, differ from state to state. Additionally, each residence may offer a different level of care.

For example, some assisted living communities may offer only minimal hands on care while others may allow for a resident who is bed bound and at the end of life. Some assisted living homes offer security to protect those with wandering dementia, while others may not. Know what is important to you and your loved one. Do your homework. Ask a medical provider for suggestions.

The Value of Assisted Living

Assisted Living is never an inexpensive choice, but it may be a valuable choice. Family members oftentimes do not have the physical ability, emotional stamina, or time to spend the day with a loved one. As the needed hours for outside help increase, it may be worth a peek at the overall cost.

When families begin the process of investigating assisted living options, they are sometimes surprised by the fees involved. What do these fees cover?

Let's look at the math. Assisted living homes and communities usually include 2-3 meals a day, medication management, monitoring and security during the day and at night, certified caregiving and administrative staff, and housekeeping, just for starters.

What types of things won’t a parent need to pay for any more if they move out of their own home? Groceries, transportation, utilities, home repair, and in-home care are possible examples. Don’t be a victim of sticker shock. It may be that the value received by an assisted living option outweighs the cost of staying in the home.