Senior Care Options:  Costs, Choices and Quality Standards

by Julie Northcutt, President, Caregiverlist.com

Senior caregiving needs often sneak up on families and can alter your financial plans for retirement. Many age-related illnesses may progress slowly and then suddenly prevent a senior from maintaining their daily lifestyle. Senior care professionals call this maintaining “Activities of Daily Living” or ADL’s.

Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease progress at different speeds for each person. A hip replacement or stroke may also happen suddenly and then require physical rehabilitation and caregiving services.

Senior care industry professionals provide the answers to costs and how to understand quality standards for home care and nursing homes on Caregiverlist.com.

The only resource with the daily cost of nursing homes nationwide, along with an explanation of Medicare health inspection ratings and quality standards for senior home care agencies, Caregiverlist.com guides you down the right roads for senior care.  Find out “by-state” senior care services and Medicare and Medicaid benefits for long-term care.

View the costs of nursing homes and find quality senior home care agencies near you to assist in planning your care ahead of time, just in case a health emergency demands an immediate need for senior care.

For example, a private room in a 5-Star nursing home in Arizona costs $350 and in Texas you can find one for $169. Many other factors, beyond cost, are involved in choosing the right nursing home for rehabilitation.

Caregiverlist also provides checklists that explain the quality standards you should look for when choosing a senior home care agency. Financial fraud is the #1 form of senior abuse and having the necessary professional care management and insurance protections are imperative when choosing the advantage of one-on-one care by a professional caregiver in the home.

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