The current population of Raleigh, NC is 439,896, with 9.4 percent of this population being over the age of 65. What this means is that there are over 40,000 seniors in the city who may eventually need some level of senior care, or be interested in moving to a community that caters to those who are over the age of 55.
If you are ready to begin searching for this type of location, then it is essential to learn more about what is available in the area and what type of care you require. The good news is that Raleigh caters to their senior population in more than one way and as a result, there are more than a few options to choose from.
The number of seniors in the city of Raleigh continues to increase. Learning more about the area, the upward trend, and other factors can help you determine if this is the city you would like to spend your Golden Years in.
Since 2000, the total number of pre-seniors (individuals between 55 and 64) has increased by 97 percent.
The total number of residents in the city of Raleigh went up by 60 percent in just 15 years.
When it comes to living in Raleigh, the cost of living is not as high as other places around the nation. However, seniors still need information and a plan. Failure to get this together can result in a bit of sticker shock when they finally do begin searching for a new location to call home. Regardless of the type of care (if any) they need, knowing what to expect is important.
Taking some time to review the costs of various care options will help a senior determine what they can afford and what is right for their needs.
Licensed homemaker services (hourly cost): Between $9 and $22: $43,472 annually on average. Adult day care services (hourly cost): $35 to $78; annual cost of $13,780. Assisted living (private room): $1,500 to $7,143 per month; annual cost of $50,400. Nursing home care (semi-private room): $161 to $264 per day; annual average cost of $73,000. Nursing home care (private room): $195 to $395; annually $76,650 on average.
In some cases, there are seniors who do not need help with activities of daily living or with medical conditions. When this is the situation, they may find a senior apartment is the best option. This allows them to downsize their living space and have maintenance services to take care of yard work and other parts of living in a private residence. Many of these facilities base rent on the seniors income and more information about this is available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD.
Seniors have quite a few options when it comes to care in Raleigh. For those who need quite a bit of help with daily living activities, they can consider a nursing home location in Raleigh, such as Sunrise at North Hills, or Brighton Gardens of Raleigh. These facilities offer quality care and are nearby activities, shopping and provide transportation for their residents. Taking some time to evaluate how much care you actually need will help you find the best location for you.
One of the biggest challenges, besides making the transition to this type of living, is paying for the services. For some families, this requires them to deplete their savings and go into significant debt just to ensure their elderly loved one receives the long-term care they need.
North Carolina does offer a few options that help to pay for these services, but there are some eligibility requirements that have to be met. Also, the amount of assistance provided by each will depend on the level of care that is needed and the type of facility that is selected.
North Carolina has a number of programs, independent of Medicaid that offer assistance to pay for elderly care. While these programs don’t all provide financial assistance, they each offer the ability to offset the overall cost of care burden for a family.
C.A.R.E. which is Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty is a program that provides the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia respite care services to help avoid burnout. Another program is the Adult Care Home Assistance program, which helps seniors who have a low income receive the care they need in an adult care home.
Medicaid will only pay for the care of certain, qualified people in a nursing home. After a period of time, it may stop coverage altogether. There are some waivers available for care that the elderly can look into, including CAP/DA.
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