Assisted Senior Living Facilities

Assisted Senior Living Facilities

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Autoimmune Disease can affect you at any age at any time in your life, but as you become older your symptoms will become more severe as your immune system malfunctions even more. So assisted senior living facilities is an option for those of you who might need a little help managing your everyday needs, but at the same time you are healthy enough you are not ready for the old folks home.

 

What Is Senior Assisted Living?

The first thing you need to be aware of is what is actually involved in senior citizen assisted living, so we are going to learn exactly what this provides you or your loved ones before we go any further.  If you or a loved one are experiencing difficulty performing daily living tasks, but still are able to be independent this would possibly be a very good option for you to consider. Below I have listed some of the assistance available when you are living in this type of facility, so read on to learn what is available for you or your loved ones.

  • Home Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Meal Preparation
  • Transportation
  • Medication Management
  • Basic Home Maintenance

 

What is even cooler about living in this type of facility is there are more social opportunities available than living on their own, you will find the better facilities will provide a calendar of social events available for their residents. Many times this is even better than living at home, you now are able to be around people your age and make lifetime friendships.

 

Are You Ready For Assisted Living?

Now that you know what is assisted living for seniors is, you have to ask yourself are you or a loved one ready for this type of facility? None of us has a desire to leave our home, but many times once a person does take the first step they realize this was the best decision they ever made. So what should we take into consideration if this is the right thing for us to do, and below I have listed some things that might help you make the right decision.

  • Memory Problems
  • Extreme Weight Ups & Downs
  • Balance Difficulties
  • Struggling With Home Chores
  • Grooming Neglected
  • Rarely Preparing Healthy Meals
  • Isolating More
  • Lack of Interest

 

My parents experienced this with my grandmother, but my parents just pushed if off as old age. Please take these symptoms serious, and take control of the situation by consulting a physician and consider if assisted living would be right for you or your loved one. As difficult as it might be to admit you or a loved one needs this type of living, you can still enjoy your life in this type of facility, and be taken well care of. Many people actually are happier and healthier once they adjust to their new home, and being around people their own age is good for them.

 

assisted senior living facilities

Senior And Eldery Care

Let’s say you are interested in at least checking to see what facilities for seniors are available near where you live, and I just happen to have a very good place for you to start your search. You can search for the Best Assisted Living Facilities & Services in your area on this website, so if this interests you why not do a search. If that website does not satisfy you here are a few more I suggest you check out, and take your time nothing is too good for the ones you love.

 

Social Security & Senior Care

Many families hesitate in providing assisted living for their family because of the fear of the cost, so since most senior citizens and the elderly are receiving social security let’s see if they will help you with the cost? Even though every state is not the same, you will experience the majority of the states in the United States will provide you assistance. You must be eligible of course, so let us get a general idea what the requirements are?

2019 Social Security Guidelines

In 2019 a person must have an income less than $771.00 per month to be eligible for assisted living assistance, and also the resident must live in an assisted living community. Every state does not consider assisted living the same, so you will need to check within your state how this works. Okay, I have decided to make this easier on all of you by providing you the link to have access to the state-by-state guide.

State-By-State Guide

 

Paying For Senior Care is another good website I recommend you check out, and they do partner with the website Care I provided you a link to above.  So these are two places that are dedicated to providing family with assistance, you now have two very good resources to assist you in planning and managing your loved ones senior care.

Paying For Senior Care

 

assisted senior living facilities

 

Just in case you are wondering Medicare does not assist families to pay for senior care the last I knew, so what does someone do if they have no family and no money? This is our next obstacle to discuss in this article, and believe it or not there are more people in this situation than you might think.

 

How To Get Assisted Living With No Income

Again many of these people end up homeless on the street, and I did write an article last week on Rent Assistance Programs-Homeless People. You are welcome to read that article if you are interested, but let’s see what our options are without being a homeless person. As we know Medicare will not assist us in any way, and I say Shame On Them. The average cost of assisted living is between $2,000 and $5,000, and the average senior is receiving way below that amount monthly. Even those with an income would never be able to afford such a cost, so what are the options for someone with no income coming in monthly?

  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Veterans Benefit Administration
  • Sell Your Home
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Medicaid
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

 

Now we have some more options if we happen to not have any income coming in at all, and beware there will be some red tape with any of these resources. So be prepared for needing a lot of copies from physician’s and other paperwork, but at least you know you do have some other options if you are without an income.

 

Most Common Reasons People Become Homeless

Even though this article is focusing on assisted senior living facilities, you might be surprised to find that many of the people that are homeless is due to health problems. Autoimmune Disease Community is all about providing assistance and support to everyone, but before I end this article I would like you to understand the most common reasons people become homeless.

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Unable to find Employment
  • Substance Abuse
  • Lack of Assistance

 

Just think about it in the United States how many people are receiving disability due to health related problems, so if there was no such assistance program as disability most of these people possibly could end up homeless. It is a fact that as people age their symptoms become more severe without proper medical attention, and so if you have no income medical assistance might not be affordable.

 

Assisted Senior Living Facilities

Many people put off moving to one of these facilities, and one of the main reasons is people don’t want to leave their homes. None of us want to think about having to leave our homes one day, but as we age our health is more likely going to decline. With more and more people experiencing immune system diseases and disorders, you really need to think about planning your senior years now if you possibly can. If you happen to be in your senior years without a plan, I do hope with all my heart this article assists you in finding a facility near your home.

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Assisted Senior Living Facilities

  1. Thank you for this extensive information on helping our older loved ones overcome the challenges of aging.
    While it’s common for us to not think about such things until it’s necessary (due to health challenges), there is a new option out there that’s quite attractive. My parents recently sold their home and moved into a gated senior community. Their health is good and they rent a 3 bedroom house. They live independently with no need of assistance of any kind but as they age, they can take advantage of available medical and social services while still remaining in their home.

    As their health naturally declines or if their financial situation changes, they are free to move into one the apartments in the community. This way, they don’t have to go to a “strange” place or attempt to make new social connections when they’re not well. Things will just go on the same.

    Lastly, there is a skilled nursing facility on the grounds as well, which, again, allows them to remain in familiar surrounds with people they know. It makes the transition easier. It’s my hope that this option will become more widespread, available and afforable as time goes on!

    1. Hello, Cynthia

      Thank you for sharing with my other readers and myself, I remember how difficult it was for my grandmother to leave her home
      to move into a nursing home. She had Alzheimer’s to the point my parents just could not take care of her any longer, and this was
      extremely emotional for my entire family.

      JEff

  2. Yes, I fully agree it’s very dangerous for a senior to stay at home alone with those problem that you have mentioned in your list.

    Example of memory problems. They can even forget whether they have their meal already or not, so don’t mention whether they remember to take medicine, switch off the gas, etc. I have heard cases that they die at home also nobody know.

    It’s good to start planning if we realise there are some symptoms appearing. At least know where to get help. You have share a very informative article to help these people to know what they can plan and where to get help.

    1. Hello, Janet
      I appreciate your kind words about my article and thank you for sharing your own opinion on
      when we become in our senior years.

      Jeff

  3. Thank you for this thought-provoking article. It really is something that everybody should consider at some stage in their life, whether it´s for themselves or family. With elderly parents, I only had in mind that one day they might live with us or have to go in an old peoples´ home. I hadn´t realised that there existed an intermediate place to live such as assisted living. Such a good idea. Thank you for the information.

    1. Hello, Susan
      Many seniors will not put up as much of a fuss if you mention moving to a senior community instead of a nursing home,
      but it is difficult for us to plan for such things that we try not to think about

      Jeff

  4. Wow, it’s really sad that so many people end up homeless due to health reasons … after years of working hard and paying taxes, the least the government can do is take care of them in return, I think.
    My mother is in her 70s and she has always been very healthy and in great shape. She lives in another country, and sometimes I worry about that time when she may need care … I don’t know what I will do and how I will do it …
    There are some excellent assisted senior living facilities. I had never thought about it until I read it in your posts, but it is probably wonderful to be around people your own age. I understand that no one wants to leave their homes, but when something happens and you’re all alone and can’t get help … that’s very scary. In an assisted home, help is right there.
    Is it more expensive to have a live in health care worker at your home?

    1. Hello, Christine

      Thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts on this situation, I am happy to hear your mother is in great condition at 70 years old

      We do need to plan this time with the high cost, so now is the time to plan and not wait until it’s time for our loved ones to need assisted
      living.

      Jeff

  5. This was such useful information- Thank you so much for writing about all the things we needed to know about senior living facilities. I love how you have done all the research and provided all important links in your article. I detest looking for information from site to site and when info is provided nicely in one place, I am all game!

    I never knew how expensive and difficult it is to find a facility for seniors! I dont live in the US. Also, my grandparents never moved to a senior home; someone always was available to look after them at the comfort of their homes- lucky them, i guess. But just recently, I was having a convo with a close friend who was asking around for a reliable senior facility for one of his relatives. I will definitely forward your article to them!

    1. Hello, Sasha

      Thank you for recommending my article to your friend, and sadly sometimes people in their senior years are without family
      that can take them into their homes and care for them

      JEff

  6. This was such useful information- Thank you so much for writing about all the things we needed to know about senior living facilities. I love how you have done all the research and provided all important links in your article. I detest looking for information from site to site and when info is provided nicely in one place, I am all game!

    I never knew how expensive and difficult it is to find a facility for seniors! I dont live in the US. Also, my grandparents never moved to a senior home; someone always was available to look after them at the comfort of their homes- lucky them, i guess. But just recently, I was having a convo with a close friend who was asking around for a reliable senior facility for one of his relatives. I will definitely forward your article to them! 🙂

  7. This is a difficult topic for me right now. There are so many resources out there to help, but sometimes it is so difficult to get someone in to those places. They have to be ready to let go of a lot of pride. This generation especially. They grew up with parents from the great depression. They WORKED for everything they have. It’s a hard conversation. Great resource list and thank you for the checklist!

    1. Hello, Mom’s Don’t Get Me Time,

      You are very on target many seniors will fight us to go to an assisted living community, but there might come a time they just are not able to care for themselves to live at home. So unless some family is able to take them into their home and care for them, I don’t know what else they can do.

      Jeff

  8. Assisting elderly people, our grandparents, our parents is very important.
    Not only because one day we will be old, but because it is a way to give them back what they did for us, that without them we would not be here.
    Thanks for your article!

    1. Hello, Isabella

      I agree people should take their parents and grandparents into their home when that time arrives they can’t live alone, but many people’s parents and grandparents will not be comfortable living with family.

      Jeff

  9. Thank you for this great article, I can understand how hard it would be to let go of their house and lives. A lot of elderly people believe that they will be treated bad in senior facilities. I know my boyfriends grandma thinks that way, we try to help her as much as we can, but she doesn’t even want to except our help.
    I hope she will read your article and understand that we want the best for her.

    1. Hello, Nataliya

      You are so right about many seniors will not accept our help even if we go out of our way to offer to help them,
      so pride can be a negative factor when trying to help the elderly.

      Jeff

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