While assisted living isn't right for everyone, it can be a wonderful option for older loved ones who need some help with daily activities and who will benefit from the support and structure that assisted living facilities provide
Shelton, CT (PRWEB) September 1, 2009
With the approach of National Assisted Living Week (September 13 through 19), LifeCare®, Inc. offers the following reminders to family caregivers who are considering assisted living for their loved ones:
- Assisted living facilities are not nursing homes. Assisted living is designed to help people who can't live independently any longer but who don't require intensive around-the-clock skilled nursing care. Assisted living is a middle ground between independent living and a nursing home.
- Assisted living facilities try to help people preserve as much of their independence as possible. These facilities help people with the daily living activities they can no longer handle on their own such as bathing, dressing, eating, management of medications and the like. Assisted living also monitors individuals to ensure their health and safety. Eventually, you might need to move your loved one from an assisted living facility to a facility that provides a higher level of care if her/his care requirements or clinical status changes.
- Costs vary from facility to facility. Rates for assisted living may be uniform at a facility or they may be adjusted for each resident based on the level of care required. While the national average cost for a one-bedroom unit is approximately $2,500 per month, this can vary dramatically depending on geographic location. In some states, the average cost can be considerably higher.
- Some services cost extra. These generally include medications and medical supplies; physical therapy and some other skilled health services; health and beauty aids; utilities (e.g., cable, telephone); special meal and snack services; transportation, barber/beautician services; pet services.
- Government funding may be available to help with costs. This funding is available through programs such as Supplemental Security Income (funded by finances from general government revenues), Social Services Block Grants (a state-initiated program that provides financial assistance to qualified individuals) and Medicaid waivers (designed to provide states with the flexibility to cover some supportive services previously not covered by Medicaid). Check with the Social Security Administration, your local or state Medicaid Office and other government agencies regarding eligibility.
- The structure and size of assisted living facilities vary. Most are based on a residential model rather than an institutional model, meaning they typically consist of independent housing units or apartments, rather than hospital-like rooms. Residents usually have the option of a shared or private room, suites or apartments in houses or complexes that vary in size.
"While assisted living isn't right for everyone, it can be a wonderful option for older loved ones who need some help with daily activities and who will benefit from the support and structure that assisted living facilities provide," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "One of the first steps in determining whether assisted living is right for your loved one is to visit as many facilities as possible and interview staff members and residents. Then review your options and potential choices with your loved one's physician to ensure that her/his needs will be met appropriately. Geriatric care managers may also be a helpful resource in reviewing your options and decisions."
LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.
Notes to Editors:
LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-3756
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