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Alternatives to Nursing Homes

September 3rd, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Before deciding on a nursing home, you may want to consider other options. ome people have an aversion to nursing homes and want to try out almost anything else before they go into one. Others do not necessarily need the 24-
hour, total supervisory care of a nursing home. Even for someone who cannot live independently and needs a high level of care, however, there are lternatives, and it makes good sense to understand and evaluate them.
Alternatives will vary widely depending on whether you live in a city, a suburb or a rural area. Generally, people in rural areas have fewer options than those in cities or suburbs. Some of the alternatives to nursing homes may include the following

COMMUNITY SERVICES
These can include transportation
services, telephone reassurance
programs, home maintenance
and repair services, senior centers,
Meals on Wheels programs
and home observation programs.

ADULT DAY SERVICES
These programs offer all-day,
morning, afternoon and sometimes
evening care for seniors.

HOMEMAKING AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES
These provide assistance with
homemaking (such as cooking
and cleaning) and personal care
(such as dressing and bathing).

SUBSIDIZED, NONMEDICAL SENIOR HOUSING
Some federal and state programs
subsidize housing for low-tomoderate
income seniors—offering assistance with
shopping, laundry and cleaning. Usually,
residents live in independent
apartments within a larger
complex.

HOME HEALTH CARE
Semi-skilled and skilled services
are available, for a few hours a
day or 24 hours a day, for people
who need medical care at
home.

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
Generally unsubsidized, assisted
living facilities charge a regular
monthly rent, with fees charged
for any special services. Assistance
may include help with
tasks like cooking, laundry or
remembering medications.

BOARD AND CARE HOMES
These group-living arrangements
provide some care services as
well as opportunities for socialization.
They often provide help
with some daily activities, like
eating, walking, bathing and
other general personal care
tasks. The homes are usually
not covered by Medicare or
Medicaid, and often they are
not strictly monitored by State
or Federal agencies. Under some
circumstances, they may be
covered by private long-term
care insurance or other medical
assistance programs.

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