When many people first decide to look into independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing communities, they are often taken aback by the costs associated with the care. The average cost of living in one of these communities can range between $2,000 and $5,000, but specialized care can cost even more.
While these numbers may seem high, you need to consider everything your loved one is receiving while living in one of these communities.
Around the clock care
Healthcare professionals will always be nearby and specialized staff will check in on your loved one regularly. This is the best environment for anyone who is at risk of having a medical emergency since there is a medical staff member ready to assist them if a problem arises.
Fewer bills and less stress
There is no longer a need to worry about food or home maintenance since everything is provided in your monthly cost. If your loved one becomes a permanent resident, home utilities, mortgage/rent payments, taxes and insurance are also eliminated.
You may be tempted to opt for home assistance or personal care, but those can cost between $10 and $25 per hour. These fees can quickly add up and are in addition to the other costs associated with owning or renting a home.
There is also the added stress on your family. Even with home health care, you and your family must check in on your loved one regularly when the home healthcare professional is not there. This is a lot of added stress on you and your family.
Quality of Life
While it may not seem like it when you’re making the decision, most seniors have a boost in their quality of life when they move into a healthcare community.
Independent and assisted living communities have multiple social opportunities, which is something many seniors cut back on when living at home in order to save money. There is also the peace of mind knowing that a medical professional is always nearby in case there is an emergency.
Don’t skimp on care
While it may be tempting to go with the cheapest living community you can find, this is not always the best option for you or your loved one. You may be skipping out on important care that your loved one may need by choosing the cheapest community.
When you decide it is time for your loved one to move into an independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing community, the decision is based on meeting their needs. Therefore, it is necessary to make sure they are receiving the care they need.
If you have questions about independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing communities, contact Kingston at 419-247-2880 or send us a message online. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you decide what living community is best for you or your loved one.