Living Where You are Comfortable: Funding and Family

By The Care Centers.

Choosing the right assisted living facility is an important choice not only for you, but for your family as well. There are many important factors to consider when you begin looking for a home. The type of care you receive will be dependent upon your needs and the type of program you enroll in. 

One of the toughest things families face when it comes time to pay for a nursing home facility is the financial aspect. Often times, people believe that Medicaid (Know Your Coverage: Nursing Home Approval or Bust) or Medicare will cover the costs, but that is not entirely accurate. You or your loved one may be left wondering how they plan to pay for their care. 

Family Support Means Everything

When it comes to finding the right assisted living facility (Using Your Veteran Benefits: Choosing a Health Care Facility), there are many things to think about. With the support of family members, you or your loved one are able to rest easy without unnecessary stress. Family support comes in a variety of forms from helping foot the bill for the facility to caring for the patient. Since Medicaid and Medicare often fall short when it comes to covering the bill, you can get the help you need paying for your stay by asking family members to help out. Using your personal assets and financial help from other family members can help lighten your burden. When you begin looking for a new place to call home, visit local nursing homes and senior housing facilities to get price quotes. 

Family Support Is Not Just Financial

There are many additional ways that family support can help you while you are in an independent care facility. In addition to administering medicine and changing dressings, families can help by:

  • Doing laundry
  • Bringing homemade meals
  • Bathing
  • Shopping
  • Ironing
  • Running errands
  • And more

It is important to spend time with your loved ones while you are in a care facility as you may begin to feel lonely. For instance, instead of having a nurse perform housekeeping duties in your room, one of your grandchildren or family members can come by, pick up, and visit at the same time. 

In addition, family members can support you by visiting during activity time and engaging with you while you enjoy time spent with them. 

Resident Charges for Personal Items

Often, care facilities will charge residents for additional items that the resident needs, as long as it is not care for their immediate health condition. For instance, residents can expect to be charged for:

  • Additional clothing
  • Reading materials
  • Additional food
  • Telephone services

Families can help provide some of these items including room decorations to help liven the place up and ease the burden of expense that you have to pay. 

Research and Examine the Facility 

Lastly, families can support their loved ones by always watching out and keeping an eye on the facility. Being vigilant and observant is an important attribute that any family member can exhibit. Always pay attention to the attentiveness of the staff, the floor plan of the facility, emergency routes, care procedures, and more. 


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