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Senior Care: Long-Term Care Planning Guide

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “Nearly 70% of 65 years-olds will eventually need some form of long-term care.” To help you prepare for the future, Home Care Assistance of Santa Clarita has created the following long-term care planning guide. It’s intended to offer assistance throughout the planning process and create a sense of comfort about your loved one’s future health and life quality.

Know Your Options

Know your options. Long-term care covers a wide spectrum of needs typically handled in one of three settings:

  1. Assisted Living – An assisted-living facility provides around-the-clock care. Residents maintain a sense of independence by living in their own apartments in a community filled with nursing staff, activities, and transportation.
  2. Nursing Homes – Like an assisted-living facility, nursing homes provide full-time, skilled care and rehabilitation services and are often for seniors with advanced health care needs that require medical attention.
  3. In-Home CareSenior home care in Santa Clarita is the ideal choice for seniors who wish to remain in their homes and only seek assistance when needed. A trained caregiver delivers either full or part-time care in the home, provides companionship, and can assist with household tasks, personal care, mobility, and transportation.

Know the Cost

It is important for families to know the cost of care options so they can better plan for the possible care needs of an aging loved one. According to the HHS, a private room in a nursing home was on average $6,965 per month in 2010. To give you an idea of how that compares to living in an assisted-living facility, a one-bedroom apartment costs an average of $3,293 per month. These numbers do not include any admission fees or annual fees required by the facilities.

The cost of facility living in Santa Clarita is often expensive because it reflects the need for 24 hour care. However, with services such as hourly home care, seniors are only required to pay for the hours in which a caregiver is present, often a less expensive option that provides more flexibility if care needs are not advanced. With home care, hours can also be adjusted should changes in health arise.

Have a Discussion with Your Loved One

Sit down with your parent, grandparent, or family member to discuss your long-term care plans. Ask them about their future care wishes and how they would like to live out their golden years. Appoint a trusted family member as the Durable Power of Attorney over your loved one’s healthcare and finances. Make everything legal and binding by signing contracts with a lawyer who explains how the document works in the court of law.

Rest assured that taking the steps necessary to plan for your loved one’s long-term care is time well spent. Who better than your loved one to determine how he or she spends the golden years of life? For more information about long-term care or in-home care services, call (661) 259-9914 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Santa Clarita. We’re here to help!