Three Tips for Living as a Couple at an Assisted Living Facility
When you have to make the move to a nursing home, you will find a plethora of information on how to ensure that transition is easier. You can even read this article (Five Ways to Make an Assisted Living Move Successful) to learn how you can ensure a move into an assisted living facility is simple and stress free. What you may not find as much information on is the fact that many people are married when they must move to a nursing home. This leaves many couples in a bad situation. If you are married and either you or your spouse needs more care than available at home, you may not feel like there are very many options. However, there actually are and you can choose to live as a couple in a retirement community or nursing home.
Here, you will find three tips so that you can get the information you need to continue living as a couple even after moving to a nursing home.
Know the Medicaid Rules
Medicaid will often provide for long-term care in an assisted living facility, but there are rules and laws about who is eligible, who is not, and what they will pay for. Before you even begin searching for a facility, make sure the one who actually needs the nursing care will qualify. The spouse who doesn’t necessarily need the nursing home can pay just room and board so that they can save more money.
In some cases, Medicare may also pay for long-term care, but you will need to find out more about this as well. The eligibility requirements and the specific situations can vary.
You Have the Patient’s Bill of Rights
If you look for more information about a nursing home and they say that you and your spouse cannot live together, this would be a clear sign to look elsewhere. The Nursing Home Reform Act has a list called the patient’s bill of rights that legally must be followed. Under these rights, you can live in the same room with your spouse. Nursing homes have to honor this.
Ensure You Are Thinking of Shared Needs
Even though you are married, you both still have individual and shared needs. It will be vital that you keep both of these in mind. Since you will be sharing a much smaller space than you are likely used to, it can be easier to forget these needs. As a result, someone could become unhappy in a hurry. To make sure everyone stays happy and comfortable, then, you need to consider each other’s needs at all times.
Couples can live together happily in a nursing home so this is possible for you and your spouse, and these four tips can assist you in making the right choices. If you need more information, read this article on couples in nursing homes (Living as a Couple in an Assisted Living Facility). Additionally, you may wish to read this article on living in a nursing home to make sure you and your spouse are happier (Four Steps to Happier Living in a Nursing Home), more comfortable, and more at ease with the new surroundings.
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