Charlotte-area seniors have lots of choices when it’s time to look in the community for help. Whether you’re searching for assistance around the house, someone to help out if you get sick, or a service to help you run errands or with chores, there are local options available. Here we’ll go over some choices for senior care in Charlotte, including assisted living and nursing home options, in-home chore and concierge services, and other senior services available to help out when you need it.
When it comes to senior care, Charlotte residents see costs that are right in line with the 2016 national median according to the annual Cost of Care Survey conducted by Genworth. Compared to the national median of $43,539 annually for assisted living care, Charlotte is just above that at $45,600 on average per year for a private room. Nursing home care is also very comparable. Nationally, seniors pay a median of $82,125 for a semi-private and $92,378 for a private room at a facility while in Charlotte you’ll pay $82,950 and $90,520 for the same room types.
The other care types available, including home health aides, adult day services, and homemaker services are near to the national averages, though Charlotte residents enjoy slightly lower annual costs than what we see in the nation. For example, for homemaker services nationally the median cost is $45,760 while in Charlotte you’ll get those same services for $40,612. This makes in-home care a potentially more affordable and appealing option in the area.
More Baby Boomers retire each day, and the Charlotte community is expanding their care options to meet the needs and expectations of the demographic. You can choose from an array of care options ranging from an assisted living community that is all-inclusive and provides all the amenities you’re looking for, or you may want a build a care program customized to your needs; needs may include things like in-home health care, adult day programs, and independent concierge services to provide you the assistance you require. Determining what’s available is the first step in deciding what’s the best option for you.
Aging at home is a popular choice among Charlotte seniors, and the right mixes of community and private services can help you to do that safely.
Search in your area for homemaker services to assist with tasks around the house like housekeeping, personal care, and meal preparation. If you need assistance with health care needs for chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes, or medication management and wound care, look into local home health service providers like Home Instead Senior Care.
Adult day programs are a fun way to get out of the house and socialize with other like-minded seniors in your area. Centers offer fun programs like games, exercise classes, and healthy meals. This is also a safe place to go while a caregiver is at work or out of the home. Some centers, like The Ivy, offer programs for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s that provide engagement and supervision during the day.
Independent concierge services deliver help and services right to your door. Search online for providers in your area who can do anything from deliver groceries to walk your dog.
It’s always a good idea to check online reviews and ask family and friends for recommendations before hiring a provider.
You can also check out this helpful in-home care checklist on Senior Advisor for additional questions to ask and information you’ll need before determining which provider is best for you.
There are several different types of care communities available to seniors. The services range from a hands-off approach in an independent living community all the way up to specialized nursing home care. Some communities offer several types of care under one roof known as a continuum of care, making it easy to age in place on the property of your choice.
Generally, there are four main levels of care. Independent living is designed as a maintenance-free resort lifestyle and residents live in apartment-style homes.
Residents in assisted living communities have access to 24-hour help with activities of daily living, like bathing or dressing, and transportation.
Nursing homes are a care option designed for seniors who have long-term care needs and need access to skilled nursing care. These can also be used as a short-term solution following a hospitalization.
Dementia care can be found in several Charlotte nursing homes. This care type includes access to specialized staff that are trained to keep residents calm and safe and usually involves a higher security facility to prevent wandering.
This helpful article on Senior Advisor gives you 5 great tips on what to ask when choosing the right assisted living or nursing home for you or a loved one.
Paying for senior care may seem daunting, but there are several options available to help. Social Security benefits and money saved for retirement are usually a first option. Seniors with a low income may be eligible for help from Medicaid, and military vets who were active duty during wartime may qualify for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit. If you own your home, equity gained through a reverse mortgage may be an option if the risks and benefits make sense for your situation.
Charlotte has dozens of events happening year-round both large and small. Whether you love horse racing, barbecue, or want to ring in the New Year in style, there’s a way to celebrate. If you want to get more involved in the community, the Senior Source is a great resource to connect you with volunteer opportunities locally as well as employment services.
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