Senior living options are great for anyone who needs a little extra help in retirement. In the Scottsdale area, there are lots of resources that can provide help in your home with things like daily chores, preparing meals, and even help with personal care. There are also many senior-specific properties throughout the city that offer lifestyle and care options specifically for seniors. Here’s a rundown of the basics of what to expect in the area.
Senior care in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, including Scottsdale, have annual costs that are very close to what seniors pay on average nationally according to the results of Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care survey. This includes in-home care services like those provided by a homemaker or home health aide, as well as out of the home options like adult day care, assisted living, and nursing home care.
In general, annual costs are within 1-2% of the national medians as we see in the example of assisted living care. Nationally, seniors pay a median of $43,539 per year, and Phoenix area seniors pay $41,460. Homemaker services nationally are exactly the same, on average, as you’ll find in the Phoenix area at $45,760 per year.
More people in the generation of Baby Boomers retire every day, and with the growing population of retirees, we find growing services and resources in the community. Whether you want to age at home and hire in the right combination of care for you, or you prefer to age in a community, there are options to choose from. Here are suggestions of resources in the Scottsdale community that can help.
Many retirees prefer the option of living at home as they age. By hiring the right combination of care and services, it’s possible to do this safely and comfortably well into the golden years.
Homemaker services provide help at home with things like preparing meals, light housekeeping, and personal care. Seniors who have chronic diseases, like diabetes, or need assistance with wound care or taking their medications should look to hire help from a home health service provider like Arizona Home Care.
Adult day programs are a fun way to get out of the house and spend time with other seniors playing games, taking group exercise classes, and enjoying a hot lunch. Some centers will offer programs specifically designed for seniors with memory loss issues. You can find a listing of sites and centers in your area through the Arizona Association of Adult Day Services (AAADS).
Independent concierge services offer help with odds and ends around the house. You can hire someone to walk your dog, deliver your groceries, or do repairs in your home.
Doing a little research, asking for recommendations, and talking with the provider about their company are important steps in making the right choice for you.
Review Senior Advisor’s care checklist for top tips on hiring an in-home care provider.
There are four main types of care available in communities.
Independent living communities are a good choice for seniors who like the idea of resort-style living and want a maintenance free lifestyle amongst their peers.
Assisted living communities offer residents daily help with activities of daily life, and will provide things like meals, transportation, and help with personal grooming.
Nursing homes have staff who offer around the clock care to residents. Seniors with long-term chronic conditions or those who are recovering from a hospitalization will want to look at this care option.
Specialized dementia care for seniors with memory loss or Alzheimer’s can be found at some nursing home facilities.
Senior Advisor has published this helpful article with five great tips on what to ask and how to choose the right senior community home for yourself or someone you love.
Senior care isn’t inexpensive, but there are several options that can help you pay for it. Most retirees will start with their retirement savings and available social security benefits to fund their care. Seniors who qualify with a low income can also apply for funding from Medicaid. Wartime veterans and their widows may be able to secure benefits from the VA Aid & Attendance Pension, and homeowners can explore drawing equity on their home by using a reverse mortgage to fund care.
Seniors who want to become more involved in the community can reach out to the Senior Source to inquire about volunteer opportunities with local organizations. Many nonprofits need people to help out with daily operations and special events in the area.
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