Q. Will Medicare pay for placement?
A. No, Medicare does not cover senior care assisted living, only rehab time in a nursing home.
Q. Will state Medicaid pay for Assisted Living?
A. Yes, however senior care assisted living communities have a certain number of residents on Medicaid and may not be able to take another. If you are using Senior Journey Consulting, I would research this information, for you.
Q. How long can it take for senior care placement?
A. It can take as little as 2-3 days, depending on getting doctors orders for the prospective resident to be admitted into the community you choose. I work with you and the community to help you through the process.
Q. How expensive is senior care living?
A. Senior care living costs range from $1,800 to $7,000 monthly including meals, room usually unfurnished, from studios, to 1-bedroom apartments. With Senior Journey Consulting, together we'll look for the best placement options and financial stability.
Q. Are there nurses at the senior care facilities?
A. Yes a nurse is normally on staff, full or part-time, but everything is done through doctors office, and trained staff who care for your loved one.
Q. Are the senior care staff members thoroughly checked out?
A. Yes all senior care communities have to do full criminal background checks and some fingerprints. This is a full search done through multi-states.
Q. What do I do if my parents don’t think they need help?
A. It is completely normal for many older people to think that they don’t need assistance or help. Admitting this represents a huge loss of their independence. Denial plays a major role in warning signs getting ignored but safety comes first. When you know it's time to face the inevitable I recommend speaking gently about the subject of assistance briefly in conversation a few times over the course of months rather than one big lecture which can be seen as if they are being forced. It’s also helpful to bring in a trusted third party to the conversation, whether it be a family member, an old friend, someone from their clergy, or a medical professional if need be.
Q. What are the different levels of senior care?
A. Generally, there are six types of senior care: independent, in-home care, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and transitional care.
Q. How do I know if my loved one requires an independent or assisted living community?
A. Independent communities are suitable for those who are independent with bathing, dressing, grooming and eating. Some independent living communities may offer additional services such as laundry or meals. Assisted living facilities will accommodate those individuals requiring more assistance with activities of daily living such as meals, bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management and may include around the clock nursing care. Amenities offered by assisted living communities can vary from community to community. I will help you by doing the research and if I'm not able to help with the placement, I have trusted experts I can refer you to.