Seniors who are considering asking for help with day to day care and tasks aren’t alone. In fact, in Columbus dozens of options exists to help retirees stay happy and healthy in their golden years. Whether you’re browsing for in-home providers to help out with housekeeping and running errands, or need access to in-home or facility-provided long-term medical care, there is a solution for you in the area. Here we give an overview of the types of services and senior living arrangements out there that might be a great fit for your needs.
Seniors in Columbus can expect to pay below the national average for many of the most common care options. According to figures in the Genworth Cost of Care survey from 2015, the national median for semi-private care in a nursing home was $80,300 annually. For the same care in Columbus, seniors paid $71,905. The difference is even greater in a private nursing home care setting. Nationally the median per year was $91,250, while in Columbus, the average was $75,920.
Home health aide and homemaker services were nearly even with the national figures, but for assisted living Columbus saw slightly higher costs. Nationally assisted living averages $43,200 per year, and in Columbus, the median was $49,350. There was no significant difference between the cost of in-home care and services and assisted living care.
Studies show that nearly 10,000 baby boomers retire every day and senior living options in Columbus are keeping pace with those growing numbers. Providers exist at a range of levels, from in-home help with tasks around the house all the way up to around-the-clock skilled nursing care in medical facilities. Here we outline the standard options for in-home and facility provided care for seniors in your area.
Seniors who want to stay in the comfort of their own home have a plethora of options to choose from who deliver services right to their door for the right combination of care.
Homemaker services through local agencies offer help around the house with things like light housekeeping, personal care, and grooming.
Home health services administered by medical staff like nurses are available in your home. If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or cancer or need medical assistance with wound care, this service may be a fit for you.
Adult day programs are great resources for caregivers to provide a safe and supervised place for seniors to go during the day. The Ohio Department of Aging has a number of resources to help you locate a program in your community.
Concierge services provide non-medical assistance around the home with common tasks where you may need a hand like walking your dog, running errands, or home maintenance through agencies in your area.
Asking friends and family for recommendations and researching online reviews are two great tips to get the most out of your provider. It’s also helpful to ask the following questions to ensure you’re working with a reputable company.
Does the provider or agency have a valid license to deliver the services you require (if required by the state of Ohio)? Are they able to provide documentation proving they are bonded and insured? When they hire new employees, do they do a background check? Do new staff go through training after being hired? Do they have an action plan in the case of an emergency that results in an employee not being able to make your scheduled appointment? Are there transportation services available to and from the Adult Day Center?
Senior living communities can range from independent lifestyle communities all the way up to around the clock nursing care. In Columbus, you’ll find a variety of communities everywhere in between, and some may offer multiple levels of care allowing you to use different services within the community if your needs evolve over time.
Independent living communities allow seniors to live in an individual apartment and include things like property maintenance and housekeeping as part of the lifestyle.
Assisted living communities provide as-needed assistance to residents with things like transportation, housekeeping, or personal grooming in their own personal apartment space.
Nursing homes are for seniors who need continuous assistance and on-call access to medical care. Short-term and long-term facilities are available depending on your needs.
Dementia care facilities provide seniors with memory needs and 24-hour access to care in a specialized and secure environment.
Is there a continuum of care provided at the facility? How does it work? What are the monthly fees? When do they include (meals, transportation, etc.) Are there additional amenities available for a monthly fee (beauty salon, barber shop, laundry, etc.)? What is the fee? Can independent concierge services come on-site to provide assistance (dog walking, grocery shopping, etc)? Note that most facilities will say no, but it can be important to ask if these services aren’t provided by the community but are something you need.
Financing your senior living after remittent begins with reviewing your monthly social security benefits and retirement savings. Outside of those sources, seniors with a low-income and limited assets can apply for government assistance from Medicaid. The VA Aid & Attendance pension may offer assistance if you served active duty in the military during a wartime, or are the widow of a veteran. If you own your home and the terms and conditions are agreeable, consider using the equity to take out a reverse mortgage to fund your care.
Columbus has no shortage of awesome eateries, nightlife, live shows, museums, and things to do for seniors. Every year you can attend Riverfest in May for a festival celebrating the river, or check out Red, White and Boom in July for a patriotic celebration. Seniors looking to get more involved and give back to the community can visit volunteermatch.org for a listing of volunteer opportunities available at non-profit organizations in the area.
Hopefully, this senior living guide has given you some great ideas for how to retire in style in Columbus. If you’re interested in more in-depth information, be sure to read our guides on neighborhoods, veteran support, assisted living or respite care in your area.
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