Aging inevitably brings change to the way we live our lives. The gradual decline in our abilities frequently precipitates the need to move into an assisted living facility of some sort, but what happens when we need more comprehensive care?
Plano seniors who need more help than what a conventional assisted living facility provides will have to consider moving into a nursing home facility.
Fortunately, there are dozens of choices in and near the Plano area where seniors can find high-quality, nursing care residences.
Plano seniors can consider places like the Life Care Center of Plano which was named one of America’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Life Care Center of Plano specializes in short and long-term rehab services for seniors.
Prestonwood Rehab in Plano is another high-quality rehab facility that will accommodate seniors as they recuperated from hospital stays and build their strength so they can return home. Seniors will have access to a spacious therapy gym, beautiful outdoor therapy courtyard, and a fully-furnished transitional apartment.
Silverado’s Plano Memory Care Community offers seniors suffering from degenerative memory disease with therapy, medical care, and living spaces designed to make their lives as stress-free and enjoyable as possible during their stay there. Alzheimer’s specialists and nursing staff trained to help memory disease patients ensure that every resident is properly cared for in a dignified and respectful manner.
Keep reading to learn about nursing home care options in Plano, what you should look out for in a facility, what you can expect to pay in Plano for care, and interesting facts about Texas nursing homes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Nursing Home FastStats, and Texas Long-Term Care Partnership’s Long-Term Care Basics,
On average, long-term care nursing home patients will require about 36 months of care.
2 out of 3 seniors over 65 years of age will require long-term care at some point.
Approximately 94,000 seniors were living in Texas nursing homes in 2014.
As of 2013, there were 1,205 licensed nursing homes in Texas with a total of almost 136,000 beds.
There are more than 20 nursing homes within Plano.
The average stay in a nursing home is roughly 3 years long, but that’s just an average; there are many other factors you have to look at to calculate how long you can expect to need care.
Women, as a group, tend to outlive men on average. Consequently, women who reside in nursing homes can expect to need care for a longer period of time than the average. While men may not live as long on average as women, men who are unusually healthy and absent from any serious chronic medical conditions can also probably expect to need care for longer than the national average.
Nursing homes aren’t just for permanent residents; seniors may visit as short-term residents while they rehabilitate from surgery or an extended hospital stay. There are many nursing homes that pride themselves on offering high-quality rehabilitative services that can get seniors back to an independent condition.
Nursing homes also offer services that help full-time caregivers. Respite care is an invaluable service that gives caregivers the opportunity to take a break from their routine duties and take care of themselves. Respite care is a guarantee that your loved one is in good hands and properly seen to while you’re enjoying needed R&R.
Depending on the exclusivity of the nursing home, there is an incredible array of services that seniors can enjoy. In general, though, the vast majority of facilities will have certain services in common.
All nursing homes will have a professionally staffed food services department that is responsible for nutritious and medically appropriate meals for seniors in various states of health, including cardiac patients, diabetes, vascular disease, and other chronic or acute illness.
You can expect aid with bathing, dressing, and grooming if you need it. Staff should be on hand to help you through your daily activities as you need help. From getting out of bed to meals, recreation, and therapy, you should expect assistance in moving from one activity and location to another.
Housekeeping is an important part of the services that any nursing home can provide. You can expect that your room and bedding will be cleaned and maintained. Also, those communal areas and dining facilities are kept in good order.
Most nursing homes will make provisions for entertainment, day trips, classes, and other interesting activities to make every day something to look forward to.
The average rate for a private room in the Plano area, according to Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, is about $6,100 per month. The median semi-private room rate was $4,600. Compared to other major Texas metro areas, the Plano/ Dallas region is near the state median for the cost of care.
For comparison, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the monthly average cost of a private room in the state of Texas is $5,900, and a semi-private room averages $4,500 per month.
What someone looks for in a nursing home is particular to their preferences and budget, but there are certain things that everyone needs to look out for.
The nursing home you choose should have a good reputation and a record of positive reviews from residents and their families. You need to make sure that food quality, quantity, and the dining area are all to your standards.
Meet the staff and see if they're sufficiently friendly, respectful, and helpful to make your stay pleasant and worry-free. Speak to current residents and their families, if possible and learn what they think of the nursing home experience there. Finally, you can go to the Texas Attorney General’s website to find out more about choosing the right Texas nursing home for your needs.
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