What to Consider When Scouting Out Long-Term Care Communities


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The decision to transition to a nursing home or assisted living facility is rarely an easy one. In addition to the emotions that can emerge, the actual logistics of moving are often complex. From choosing the right physical location to the proper level of care, there are numerous choices to make — many of which are highly critical.

If your recent decision to move to a nursing home or assisted living has left you with more questions than answers, The Listing Team is here to help. Explore some of the most important factors you should consider before officially selecting your care facility.

What care can you afford, and how will you pay?

The latest data shows that the average monthly cost of assisted living in the United States is $4,000. Additionally, you can expect to spend around $7,756 per month if you opt for semi-private nursing home care. Since assisted care in any form comes at a premium, you will need to research costs and have a plan for paying for your care. If you already have the funds saved, you will have an easier time with this step. However, if you are like the vast majority of seniors, you will need to rely on an alternative source of payment.

One popular option among seniors who are transitioning from independent living to assisted living is to pay for their care by selling their home. When calculating how much you will make from the sale of your home, be sure to factor in your existing mortgage balance (if applicable), realtor fees, and how much homes in your area are currently going for.

What level of care is most appropriate for your current and future needs?

Assisted living comes in many forms. There are options for just about every kind of assistance you could need, which will ultimately help you live as comfortably and safely as possible. While exploring various local communities, ask questions about the types of care offered. As you do this, consider your current and anticipated needs. Are you most in need of memory care, or will you require incontinence care? Do you feel most comfortable having someone check in on you throughout the day, or do you want the most independent living situation you can find? Whatever you decide, make sure that it fits your actual needs and preferences.

Do you need someone preparing your meals for you?

Another commonly overlooked consideration is daily meal amenities. Depending on the condition(s) you face, preparing meals on your own may not be feasible. In this case, you will want to ensure that the facility you select has daily meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alternatively, if you know that you want to prepare your own meals, check that you will have an in-unit kitchen.

What is the best location for you?

Rather than sticking close to their hometowns, many families are now spread out across the state, region, and even the nation. This can make choosing an assisted living facility even more challenging than it already is. Do you want to move near your grown children so that they can visit frequently? Is your family so spread out that you can only live near one set of relatives? Although this decision can come with feelings of guilt and obligation, it is critical to choose what is ultimately best for you. Since you will be the one living at the care facility, it should be exactly where you want and have every option and amenity you need and desire.

Despite the inherent challenges, the decision to live in a nursing home or assisted care facility has plenty of benefits. When considering the items listed above, you can feel empowered to choose the care facility that will fit your personality and preferences.

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