By Tiffany Miller
As a person becomes older, an extra amount of care is often necessary in order to keep that person as healthy and comfortable as possible. In fact, close to 66 percent of seniors will become mentally or physically incapacitated during some portion of their lifetime, which is why elder care is so important. However, there is a wide range of elder care options available, which can make it difficult to discern which ones to actually consider. The following will provide a closer look and in-depth comparison of the many elder care options available to you.
Common Types of Elder Care
There are many elder care options available to choose from—seven, to be exact. The first of these simply involves aging within your own home. If cognitive and physical decline is slight, it’s possible for the senior in question to make use of such items as stair lifts and walkers as means of getting around. This will help to ensure a comfortable living, even when not in the care of someone else.
The second of these options is a senior center or adult day care. With this option, the person can still stay in their home, but will also be in a controlled environment and surrounded by other elders in similar situations.
The third of these options is hiring an independent contractor. The one difficult aspect of this is actually finding an independent contractor whom you can completely trust to provide for all of the needs of the elder they are being hired to assist. Anyone that uses this option will need to be able to properly provide payments and file taxes based on the hiring of a contractor. If this is something you feel that you can do, this is a fantastic elder care option.
The fourth option involves hiring a caregiver from a home care agency. This option focuses on creating a detailed plan of care for the elderly person in question and will tend to his or her needs based on the schedule that was created.
The fifth of these takes place at an independent living community. These are basically apartment communities designed for seniors that provide everything they would need within a compact area, such as shops and malls, as well as easy access to certain amenities and services. Events are even organized in order to ensure that the seniors living there remain sociable with other seniors.
The sixth option is an assisted living facility. These are similar to the fifth option, but focus on providing additional medical help and support. This option is perfect for seniors that need a lot of help and assistance with their everyday needs.
The seventh and last of these options is a standard nursing home. This is the most expensive one available, sometimes costing upward of $100,000 per year. However, these facilities are designed to provide full care and service to the seniors that need the most help and assistance with their lives.
It’s important to remember that each of these seven options is good depending on individual needs. Assessing what these needs are will provide you with all you need to know in order to select the right elder care option for you or the person you’re looking after.
Choosing Among Home Care or Nursing Homes
The seven options mentioned previously can be divided into two primary types, home care and nursing homes. Visit www.CareGuardian.org for more information. You can also check out an infographic on home care vs. nursing hopes at http://www.careguardian.org/blog/guides/nursing-homes-vs-home-care/.
One alternative to elder care available to New York residents with Medicaid is FreedomCare. FreedomCare is a a contracted provider of CDPAP (a Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program), a Medicaid-funded program that allows seniors to hire their own caregivers. This could be a daughter, son, relative, friend or even a previously hired aide.
If you’re on the lookout for new ways to get the care you need, then researching cdpap providers such as FreedomCare could help you find a solution that works for both you and your family.
These resources can help provide you with relevant information that can help you make the important decision of which of these two types of elder care you would prefer. At the end of the day, the decision is up to you and the person for whom the care is being provided. However, all of this information should help this choice be an easier one to make.