When your elderly loved one can no longer care for him or herself, you may have more options than you realize. There are many ways to balance your loved one’s independence with the care they need to find a solution that everyone will be happy with. Here are the 3 main options for elderly care.
Assisted living facilities are designed for seniors who still wish to retain some independence and don’t need constant supervision. These facilities vary as far as what they offer, so be sure to ask detailed questions about what services will be provided. Many facilities offer assistance with housework, and the staff may be able to drive patients to errands or doctors’ appointments. They should also have staff members who can check on patients from time to time. This is typically the most affordable senior care option, with the national average at about $3,500 per month.
A nursing home provides much more care and supervision than an assisted living facility. The staff is also responsible for making sure medications are administered correctly. Because of this, it’s naturally more expensive, at about $6,000 per month. However, it’s ideal for elderly patients who have limited mobility or suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Another option for senior care is to hire an at-home aide or aides. This choice is good for seniors who want to remain in the comfort of their homes, or those who only need a little light help with chores or physical therapy. The cost for at-home care varies widely depending on the services required. Home care aides charge on average around $20 per hour, although they often have daily, weekly, or monthly rates.