If you’ve just entered retirement or are about to, you probably have given a lot of thought to what you’re going to do with your free time. What you might not have thought about is the chance you will stay in a nursing home at some point. It’s common for seniors to go into a nursing home, at least for a little while, during their retirement, so you should know your options. Scottsdale is home to some of the finest facilities like Vi at Grayhawk. This facility has private residents that offer independent lifestyles, but they also have an onsite care center that provides memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitative services. The Gardens of Scottsdale has a continuum of care so you can age in place and Pueblo Norte offers rehabilitative services and skilled nursing.
This guide will teach you more about the services nursing homes provide as well as an idea of the cost here in Scottsdale.
The average length of a nursing home stay is around three years.
In 2014, the US had over 1 million beds available in nursing homes.
Arizona spends 60% of its Medicaid funds on nursing home care.
There are 148 certified facilities in Arizona, and 12 of them are in Scottsdale.
The government runs 17% of the homes in Arizona, 33% are non-profit, and 50% are for-profit organizations.
As mentioned in the facts above, seniors stay an average of three years in a nursing home but that time can change depending on a few things. Women, for example, might stay longer in nursing homes because they tend to live longer than men. The severity of a patient’s medical condition can also change the length of residence from years to a few weeks.
Most nursing home residents are there because they have a chronic illness or debilitating disease, but there are also residents that are only there for a brief time. Some seniors go to a nursing home after they are in the hospital to get therapy or other short-term treatments before they return home. If a patient has had pneumonia but is getting better, they might go to a nursing home to work on breathing therapy and then return home.
Other residents are there for respite care purposes. Many family caregivers work all day every day and need to take breaks occasionally. Breaks help prevent caregiver burnout, and it also allows them to do things like go on vacation. Nursing homes will offer respite for a little bit until the regular caregiver returns. These short stays are great “auditions” for nursing homes if you have the use for one in the future.
Nursing homes employ many kinds of caretakers so they can offer a broad range of services. Certified nursing assistants help patients with things like getting out of bed and dressed, bathing, wheelchair transfers, and going to the bathroom. Nurses can take care of things like medication schedules, checking vital signs, changing the dressing on wounds, and monitoring a patient’s condition.
There are also several different therapists at most nursing homes. Occupational therapists can help seniors get better at daily tasks like writing their name and speech therapists can help patients relearn to speak and swallow after a stroke. Physical therapy is very common for seniors that have had a fall and broken a bone because it helps them become stronger and move around again. For patients that aren’t getting any better and won’t return home, nursing homes sometimes provide hospice care. This service helps prepare both the patient and their families for what is to come.
Meals are a big part of life in a nursing home, and it’s important to get the proper nutrition to heal faster. Residents eat meals served in a cafeteria or dining hall setting which gives them a chance to socialize or eat a meal with visiting family. Eating in your room is also an option if you can’t leave or don’t want to.
Since these facilities are home to many people, social and spiritual events are important. Residents can do things like play board games, make arts and crafts, watch a movie, enjoy live entertainment, or even go out if they are mobile enough. Many facilities will also offer a variety of religious services and holiday celebrations along with Bible studies and prayer groups.
Sometimes salon services or nail services are provided. These services help patients feel their best by looking their best and allow residents to freshen up if they are expecting guests.
Many seniors worry about the cost of long-term care, and it can get a little pricey. Luckily, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of nursing homes in the Scottsdale area is a little lower than surrounding areas like Tucson. A semi-private room costs $75,555 annually, and a private room costs $95,630 per year. The Tucson average is $83,045 for semi-private and $99,718 for private. Overall, you can expect to pay between $6,296 and $7,969 per month.
The size and location of the nursing home you use can affect your total cost as well as the duration of your stay and the services you require while you’re there. Medicaid approved facilities will offer the contractually agreed upon rate to Medicaid patients, but there are other options for those not on Medicaid. Seniors that are still low-income but not on Medicaid can contact non-profit facilities and see if they will operate on a sliding scale fee.
Take some time to do proper research as you look for your nursing home. If you don’t have a lot of time, ask for help from your family members and friends or consider using a senior advisor. Start with facilities that have the proper license and an excellent inspection record. You should be able to see the latest inspection report, and the home should have a good response time to complaints.
Visit each facility if you can and check the staff ratio and cleanliness of the place. Also, watch how the staff interacts with residents and talk with current residents to see how they like the place. Feel free to ask any questions, and if you need further resources, the Arizona Health Care Association has some free online assistance to guide you towards the right nursing home.
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