July 15, 2017
Last month we wrapped up talking about options to stay at home by discussing how to finance these options. This month, we are going to move into the area no one wants to plan for. What happens if you can’t stay at home?
There are a few things that are important when looking at long-term care communities when you start to think about moving.
In this month’s blog, we are going to discuss the first two aspects of this. You will have to wait until August to get information on payment, as that will be a bit longer explanation.
Starting off with levels of care. In Missouri, there are four levels of care that are licensed by the state. These include residential care, assisted living, intermediate care, and skilled nursing. Below outlines what these levels provide to help you assess what level might fit with you or your loved ones’ needs. Please note that the licensures are referred to as ‘facility’ but at VOYCE, we use the term “community” as it aligns more with our goals of making long-term care feel more like home.
Residential Care Facility [Community]:Residential care communities are the lowest level of care. Often, a residential care community is smaller, and may even resemble a house. There are residential communities that focus on older adults, but also some that are more focused on younger individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities. In these settings, residents are independent but receive:
Assisted Living [Community]:Assisted living is one step up from the residential care communities. They are often set up as an apartment where the individual lives, while receiving services someone in the building. These are mostly for older adults, but you may be able to find options for younger individuals in need as well. In these settings, residents receive:
Intermediate Care [Community]:The intermediate care community is very similar to the skilled nursing community. There are a few important differences, but there are not a lot of options for intermediate care in this area. Review the skilled nursing and if you think you might quality for an option in between assisted and skilled, contact VOYCEconnect.
Skilled Nursing [Community]:A skilled nursing community is the highest level of care. The idea is that you receive everything you need in one place. This can be short-term rehabilitation until one is strong enough to return home or long-term.
Moving onto aspects to consider when choosing care options. Here are some steps.
A few tips for the tour: Bring a friend if possible; do not visit more than a few in a day; do not undermine your gut feelings about a place.
Disclaimer: This blog acts as an overview for you. Please do not hesitate to post questions here or reach out to me at VOYCE at 314-919-2403 or email@example.com. My focus is on the St. Louis region in Missouri.
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