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Coping With Transition

American Healthcare Assn


For the person who is about to enter a nursing facility, and for caring family and friends, the days just before and during the move can be traumatic. Anticipation, fear and guilt -- often combined with illness or the recent loss of a loved one -- mean that the individual faces the future with fear and doubt.


This is not unusual. With love, understanding, help and planning, the uncertainty of entering and adjusting to life in a nursing facility can be greatly minimized. >>More



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Seniors Resource Guide


This guide lists where to find Senior Housing, Health at Home, Professional Services, Care Management, and Health Services.


Medicare only pays for short-term long term care


This is as confusing as everything else about Medicare, but the important thing to know is that even though Medicare calls these services "Long Term Care," Medicare only pays for them for a short time.


Most people who need long term care must pay for it themselves. Here are some typical costs:


$29/hour for a Home Health Aid


$18/hour for Homemaker or Home Care service


$59/day for Adult Day Care


$187/day for a semi-private room in a nursing home


$209/day for a private room in a nursing home


$3,008/month for one bedroom unit Assisted Living Facility


Of course costs can vary depending on where you live or the resources near you. These are only average costs.



When Elders Can't Any More



Long-Term Nursing Home Care

Adult Children and Their Parents Must Make Tough Decisions

Gretchen Heuring | ElderThink | 01.26.10


When older family members can no longer take care of themselves or each other, and younger family members can't care for them either, it's time to consider long-term nursing home care.


There are many different types of facilities available and these are important decisions. In her article for the New York Times, Jane Gross writes about choosing long term care. She says,


"For many of us, elderly parents and adult children alike, nothing is more complicated or consequential than understanding the differences between the many available permutations of long-term care, choosing which is most appropriate for our families and figuring out how to pay for it." >>More

Good Advice About Nursing Homes


Three experts at Oregon State University have developed a downloadable booklet for the families of those who must move to nursing homes. This beautifully written piece is a must-have for anyone who is undergoing this difficult process. Written by Vicki Schmall, Gerontologist; Sally Bowman, Family Development Specialist; and Clara Pratt, Professor and Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences Department at Oregon State. >>Download PDF

Letting Go - Entering A Nursing Home

Mark Ringel, MD


Dr. Marc Ringel lives in Greeley, Colorado, and is a practicing family doctor in Brush. He is also a writer, speaker, and consultant in medical education and medical information.


Many years ago, before I knew better, I promised my parents they would never have to live in a nursing home. They are still healthy of body and mind, and could well avoid long term care all together.

There Are Other Choices


A nursing home is not the only choice. There are assisted living facilities, adult day-care programs, home-based services, senior housing and continuing care retirement communities.


The AAHSA, The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging has a very helpful on-line article on how to find the right aging services.>>More