If a senior is no longer able to care for themselves and live independently, their family may begin looking into nursing home care. The reason the senior may need this care can vary and be related to physical, emotional or mental problems, or a combination of these issues. Regardless of the reason, finding a quality location for care is essential. Nursing homes offer 24-hour care, seven days a week from skilled workers. There are a number of other services available to residents of a nursing home, as well, based on the one that is selected in Columbus.
Taking some time to learn a little bit more about nursing home care, the advantages they offer, and the average cost of this care will help seniors and their families make an educated decision regarding if this is the right long-term care option for their needs.
There is a total of 940 nursing homes in the state of Ohio.
In the state, there is a total of 90,845 beds for skilled nursing residents with 83 percent of those beds filled on average.
In 2000, there were 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in Ohio. By 2020, it is estimated there will be 2.1 million people over the age of 65 in the state.
The life expectancy of people in general is on an upward trend. Thanks to innovative medical procedures and other services, people are receiving better care and therefore living a longer life. This trend has resulted in the increase by 89 percent of the number of people who will be over the age of 65 in the next 20 years. The number of people who reach 85, and beyond, is also expected to increase by 74 percent in the next 20 years. This is a huge increase and one that many states, including Ohio, may not be prepared for in terms of long-term care.
The average amount of time that a senior remains in a nursing home, or any other care type setting, varies based on a number of factors. This includes the issues the senior is experiencing and whether or not they have family members who may be able to provide care at a later date. On average, when someone enters into a nursing home facility, they will remain there for a period of at least two years. Compared to other types of care locations, this is much more. For example, the average length of the stay in an assisted living facility is 21 months and for Alzheimer’s care it is 17 months.
In reference to a study released by The National Center for Assisted Living, a total of 34 percent of seniors who are currently living in any type of assisted living location will have to be transferred to a skilled nursing home at one point. Up to 30 percent of these individuals will eventually pass away while in this care location.
When some people imagine a nursing home setting, they imagine a dark, sad place that smells rather bad. However, this is not the case. Modern nursing homes provide a number of skilled care services, such as help with activities of daily living, including bathing, toileting, dressing, etc., as well as treatment for chronic conditions and medications.
However, that is not all nursing homes offer. Most of the modern facilities have delicious meals, planned activities and events for residents and even transportation services to take residents on outings, to appointments, and other activities outside of the facility.
The average cost of living in a nursing home with a semi-private room in Columbus is $197 per day or $71,905 annually. This is lower than the state average, which is $76,650 per year. If a person prefers a private room, they can expect to pay, on average $208 per day, or $75,920 annually. Taking time to get to know the average cost of care will help you be ready for the costs that are charged.
Selecting the right nursing home facility can be quite a challenge. Take some time to think about the type of care the senior needs and how nearby you would like them to be. When you consider this, along with the services that are offered, you will be able to find a quality nursing home location that you will feel confident leaving your loved one in.
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