3 Facts About Senior Care

April 5, 2011

With the youngest members of the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, the need for senior health services is only going to increase in the coming years. In addition, the services provided will undoubtedly progress.

With this, the knowledge base about the bevy of senior care services is sure to advance as well. Below are a few things you maybe didn't know about senior care to get you started. Feel free to comment with questions.

1. Not every level of senior care is in a "nursing home." Moving to a retirement living community is more similar to moving to a condo with on-site amenities than a "nursing home." Some of the differences between many retirement communities (like Concordia Independent Living apartments) and a "regular" condo complex are that retirement communities have: 1) neighbors closer to your age; 2) meals available in a community dining room; 3) opportunities for social events on-site and off; 4) routine maintenance included; and 5) access to medical care, if the community has extended care options nearby.

2. Rehabilitating in a nursing home (or skilled nursing facility as we prefer to call it) after a hospital stay is not only acceptable, but encouraged Concordia, like some other skilled nursing facilities, has adapted its model to extend services to short-term rehabilitation patients, regardless of age, with the goal of getting you healthy and home as soon as possible. Make sure the facility you're looking at gives you a good feeling, has private rooms and an established rehab program.

3. For those over age 65, Medicare typically pays for most, if not all rehabilitation services after a hospital stay or surgery So from a cost perspective, there is little-to-no difference between the "nicer" facility with private rooms and WiFi or the less desirable facility with an unpleasant odor and outdated d

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