Busted: 6 Common Senior Care Myths You’ll Want to Know
Assisted living is often the most ideal option for seniors. These facilities provide the elderly with a way to make the most of the time they have left while feeling secure.
They allow them to maintain their quality of life, which everyone can agree is the goal. Yet many elderly people, or the loved ones on whom they depend, are afraid to try it because of the many misconceptions that surround it.
A lot of these misunderstandings about Assisted Living couldn’t be farther from the truth, and in this article we will debunk many of those myths and talk about what assisted living is really like.
MYTH: “Assisted Living” is just a nicer name for “Nursing Homes”
BUSTED: Nursing homes focus primarily on skilled medical care and therapies while assisted living facilities promote as much independence in activities of daily living as possible.
Many people are unaware of the big differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities are a relatively new concept designed so that seniors can live as independently as possible. It merely takes the day-to-day hardships away and allows you to have a better quality of life. In comparison, many nursing home residents are under constant medical supervision and are not capable of living independently anymore. Seniors living in nursing homes are typically unable to leave the facility on their own, mainly because they are physically or mentally unable to.
MYTH: Medicare will pay for the care provided in my Assisted Living Facility
BUSTED: While skilled nursing facilities accept Medicare, assisted living facilities typically accept only private pay or long-term care insurance.
Many families believe services provided at an assisted living facility will be paid for by Medicare. But the truth is Medicare does not provide coverage for non-skilled care services such as assistance with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, medication management, toileting and transferring. However, some facilities will license a limited number of apartments for Medicaid recipients and others may offer programs to assist residents whose income falls below a particular median range.
MYTH: Living in a senior care facility means losing privacy
BUSTED: Privacy and independence should be maintained when living in a senior assisted living community.
For some, assisted living actually offers more privacy than home care. The help is there only when your loved one needs it so no one is lingering around their space. They will be free to live undisturbed in their own apartment, with their own private telephone and television. Staff will typically only have access to your loved one’s apartment only with their permission.
MYTH: It will be too expensive
BUSTED: Expenses at home such as property taxes, maintenance, groceries and utilities may cost more per month than an assisted living community.
Assisted living is available in many price ranges. Usually care costs depend on how much care you need. Be sure to find out what alternative funding is available to you, such as Veteran Aid and Attendance for Veterans and their spouses, which will help pay for monthly fees.
MYTH: It will be more affordable to get the care I need at home.
BUSTED: You may be able to find affordable home health care that will provide what you need, but it is almost always more expensive than a senior care facility.
Not only do you pay more for an at home caregiver, but you do not get the same level of medical care you will find in an assisted living facility.
MYTH: It would be wrong of me to let anyone else take care of my loved one.
BUSTED: Sometimes our loved ones just need more help than we can give.
Throughout the United States, adult children commonly juggle two-career households, raising children and attempting to meet the needs of their aging parents. Assisted living facilities are to help seniors no longer feel they are burdening their families with their needs so they can live independently while enjoying a full calendar of activities and knowing assistance is always available.
Senior Living Facilities offer a solution for seniors who are independent in some ways but need help in others. If you or a loved one are ready to begin your search, Cariloop’s Healthcare Coaches can help you understand the assisted living options in your area. If you are in need of more information about assisted living or senior care, we have many helpful articles on our blog to assist you.