Milwaukee is world-famous for its festivals, museums, and particularly, its breweries. In recent years retirees have been flocking to the city not only for its unique culture, but also for access to the city’s top quality long-term care services. There are dozens of nursing homes scattered throughout Milwaukee that provide comprehensive rehabilitative and medical services for senior residents.
There were almost 400 nursing homes in Wisconsin in 2013 that were capable of caring for 29,000 residents.
In 2013, there were an estimated 115,136 seniors over the age of 65 living in Milwaukee County, which was a 6% increase from 2010.
Two-thirds of today’s over-65 population will need some form of long-term care, while one-fifth of seniors will need care for over 5 years.
On average, U.S. seniors require 3 years of long-term care.
Most nursing homes offer both long-term and short-term care options for their residents. Some seniors with a chronic, degenerative condition such as dementia require full-time skilled care that their friends and relatives simply can’t provide, which is where nursing homes step in. More often though, residents require a shorter stay. The average nursing home stay for an American senior is just 3 years, while only 20% of patients need care for longer than 5 years.
Short-term care in a nursing home often follows hospital visits and surgeries. Patients are monitored both day and night to ensure that they are safe and healthy as they recover. Most nursing homes offer rehabilitative therapy sessions to help patients make a smooth transition from round-the-clock care to independent or semi-independent home life.
Family and friends that act as caregiver to a senior citizen can look into local nursing homes for short-term respite services when they need a break. If you’re loved one has complex medical needs, a nursing home can provide skilled health and custodial care while you take some time to yourself.
Milwaukee nursing homes strive to cater to the needs of each individual resident. Facilities offer support services to assist with personal care and daily living activities along with skilled nursing services. Certified nursing assistants under the supervision of a registered nurse make sure that the medical needs of patients are met each day. Nursing homes also provide nutritionally balanced meals, scheduled entertainment, religious support, and much more to help enrich the lives of both short-term and long-term residents.
Milwaukee is a popular retirement destination, and as expected, nursing home rates in the city can be expensive. The median monthly cost of a private room in a Milwaukee nursing home was $10,129 in 2015, while residents with a roommate paid a median price of $9247. The cost of nursing care in the nearby cities of Madison, Racine and Sheboygan tended to be less expensive, with rates ranging between $7000 and $9000 per month.
Nursing care in Milwaukee is expected to get more expensive over the next five years as the city’s senior population booms. The cost of a private room is projected to increase by 3%, while a semi-private room is expected to increase by 5% in price. Seniors that are struggling financially can seek government assistance when it comes to paying for skilled nursing care by applying to the Wisconsin state Medicaid program. Those that qualify can take advantage of low, set monthly billing rates at Medicaid certified nursing facilities.
Choosing the right nursing home is important for both your health and personal well-being. Not only should you look for a facility that is licensed and has a clean inspection record, but you should also look for a home with the services and amenities that you need to manage your health conditions in comfort. You can visit a nursing home campus to make sure that the facility is kept clean and to get a feel for the unique residential community. You can also meet staff members, see how they communicate with patients, and even try a meal in the facility’s dining hall. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Consumer Guide to Health Care for more advice on how to choose a Milwaukee area nursing home.
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