Choosing a Senior Care Home with the Right Services

July 9, 2014

There comes a point in most of our lives when we will no longer be able to care for ourselves without some form of assistance from a skilled professional. When the need arises for long-term care as we age, our care options depend on the level of assistance needed as well as the financial resources necessary to meet our needs. When considering how to choose the right senior care home for yourself or a loved one, here are some of the items you should have on your checklist.

Cost of Care

One of the biggest considerations when choosing the right senior care home is the cost. Costs for long-term care and assistance will be dictated by where you live and where you choose to have that care provided. As you can imagine, the cost of care for those services provided in a senior care home located in Florida will be much more expensive than the same care provided in a state like Montana.

According to a study by Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company, the average cost of care in Pennsylvania in 2014 for a semi-private room in a nursing home was $272 a day or about $8,266 per month. A private room would cost you $23 more at $295 per day / $8,958 per month. This translates to a cost of $99,196 to $107,493 a year for the services provided in a nursing home. It should be noted that paying for these costs requires planning on your part as long-term care services (those provided in a skilled nursing home, personal care or assisted-living facility) are typically not covered by Medicare.

Services Offered

Another consideration that you need to take into account is the type of services provided by the home for you or your loved one. The need for long-term care provided in a senior care home is precipitated by your or a loved one’s inability to perform any 2 of the 6 activities of daily living (ADLs) or inability to function due to some cognitive dysfunction such as Alzheimer’s disease. ADLs include bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, toileting, walking, and transferring or transitioning from one piece of furniture to another.

The extent to which you are unable to function will dictate the type of facility you choose. If you are in need of some independence, a least restrictive facility should be what you consider. The more dependent you are on the skills of a professional, the more restrictive the senior care home should be in order to meet your needs.

Concordia helps you feel at home in any one of their 11 senior living facilities as well as at-home nursing services, offering Medicare and nursing home care throughout the Pittsburgh area and parts of Ohio. Whether you are looking for long term care facilities or just looking for a retirement community close to home, Concordia has the locations and services to fit your needs.


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