Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

How To Work Home Care Into Your Budget

by Joe Dixon

What do you do when your elderly parents can no longer take care of themselves? You can opt for assisted living outside the home. If that is not a viable option for you, you may choose to have them remain in their home and bring in assisted living services, in the form of in-home providers, instead.

This kind of arrangement comes with costs and will have an effect on your budget. Here are some factors to consider when making a budget for your parent's home care.

Number of hours

How much care does your parent need? Does he just need someone to come around a few times a week, daily, or round the clock? This is significant because assisted living in-home care is chargeable per hour.

Services Needed

How dependent is your parent? The answer to this question will determine how much help he needs the cost of such help. He may need activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom. On the other hand, it will cost you more if you include more activities such as housework, shopping, transportation, and medication reminders. If he is more dependent, you'll still have to factor in medical nursing care.

Duration of care

Think long-term. How long is your parent likely to need care? And how much is this cost likely to change? Your parent's needs may change with time. More likely than not, the cost of care will go up.

Funding options

Generally, medical insurance for assisted living is not accepted. However, in some exceptional cases, Medicaid or Medicare may be available. Find out if your parent qualifies or if you can get long-term care insurance.

More often than not, you will have to fund home care expenses out of your own pocket, so you need to be financially prepared for the long haul.

You can take care of your home-care budget by beginning to save early. You may also solicit the help of other family members and see what each person can contribute.

If your parent owns his home, selling the home and having him move in with you may help take care of home-care costs.

Assisted living in-home care comes with a considerable financial burden that requires careful financial planning. The cost of such care depends on the level of care needed, the health and dependency status of your parent, and the ability to get additional funding.


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Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

There are many different types of assisted living facilities, and choosing one can be confusing. You want your loved one to be safe, happy and cared for, but how do you know which facility will best meet your needs? My name is Meghan, and I have helped my family place our loved ones in various assisted living homes. I'd like to give you a checklist and questions to ask yourself when you choose an assisted living facility for someone you love; you don't have to be overwhelmed. I can help you find the best place for your elderly loved one.