Rochester’s rich culture and breathtaking landscape have made it a popular retirement destination among today’s seniors. Many Rochester retirees find themselves needing long-term care at some point in their lives, and luckily, the city offers dozens of options. Seniors with chronic conditions, or who are recovering from a hospital visit, can turn to one of Rochester’s many nursing homes to find health services that go above and beyond standard long-term care practices.
New York was home to 631 nursing homes in 2013, with a total bed capacity of more than 116, 000. There were more than 117, 000 citizens over the age of 65 living in Monroe County in 2015.
By 2030, the number of Monroe county residents over the age of 65 is projected to reach almost 167, 000. Around 67% of today’s 65+ population will need some form of long-term care, while 20% will need care for more than 5 years. Patients need long-term care services for an average of 3 years.
Nursing homes care for thousands of Rochester seniors every year. While some seniors require permanent care to help them manage a lifelong health condition, many seniors only stay in nursing homes for a limited period of time. The average stay of a nursing home resident in the U.S. is 3 years, with some patients requiring more or less care depending on their unique situation. Women often need care longer than men, simply due to the fact that women live longer on average.
If you are returning home from a hospital stay, you may need to live in a nursing home for a few weeks as you recover. Nursing homes provide specialized health and therapy services for seniors that are recovering from an accident, illness, surgery or other trauma. These rehabilitative visits are usually brief. Many nursing homes also offer short-term respite care options for seniors whose regular caregivers need a brief break.
The primary function of a nursing home is to provide care and supervision for residents that are unable to care for themselves. Trained assistance is available when it comes to daily activities such as eating, grooming, bathing and dressing, while a skilled staff of certified nursing assistants tends to a patient's medication schedule, therapy regimen and other health needs. Many facilities also offer specialized care for patients with serious conditions such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
The nutritional needs of nursing home patients are met by homemade meals provided throughout the day. Facilities offer dining options that meet the strict dietary needs of each individual resident, from religious to health restrictions. Communal activities, scheduled outings, and religious services all ensure that social and emotional needs of residents are fulfilled.
Rochester residents tend to pay more for skilled nursing care than seniors in neighboring cities. The monthly median cost for a semi-private room in Rochester was $11,207 in 2015, while a private room cost just slightly more at $11,254 per month. Rates were similar in the Buffalo area, but seniors in the nearby cities of Ithaca, Syracuse and Watertown generally paid under $10,000 each month for skilled nursing care.
Rochester’s senior population is only expected to grow over the next few years, driving up the cost of nursing care by a projected 3% to 4% in the next 5 years. Many of the city’s residents are finding it difficult to cover the expenses associated with nursing care as costs continue to rise. If you’re a low-income senior who is struggling to pay your medical bills, you may be eligible to receive state Medicaid benefits. Medicaid certified nursing homes offer low, affordable rates and services for qualified patients.
No two nursing homes are exactly alike. Each offers different services and amenities, and pricing can vary from a just few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars each month. Before you need nursing care, you should start looking into local homes that fit your budget, cater to your lifestyle choices and meet your medical needs.
Any good nursing home should be fully licensed, have a clean inspection record, and have a proven record of resolving resident complaints. Talk to friends, family or a senior care advisor for recommendations, or read online reviews. Almost all nursing homes also allow campus visits where you can meet the staff, speak to residents, and try out the facility’s food. For even more help choosing a nursing home, check out the New York State Department of Health’s online tools and resources.
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