While it’s not always our favorite thing to think about, it’s important to realize that two-thirds of seniors will need long-term care in a skilled nursing facility at some point in their lives. In the Tucson area, there are several dozen properties to choose from, many of which offer expanded care offerings and additional amenities to make their facilities feel like home. Take, for example, The Sunrise at River Road. This facility offers assisted living and memory care options catering to a wide array of senior health needs. Every one of the dozens of properties in the area has their own unique appeal, making it easy to find a good fit for your skilled nursing care needs.
To discover more details about the costs, all-inclusive services, and characteristics to search for in a facility read our helpful guide below.
Tucson has over 29 nursing home and 96 Alzheimer’s care providers in the area.
In Arizona in 2014, over 11,000 seniors were residents in a skilled nursing facility.
On average, seniors stay in nursing home care for 3 years.
In 20 percent of the cases, seniors will use long-term care for 5 years or more.
In the above quick facts, we revealed that an average duration of a nursing home stay for seniors is 3 years. Because of a longer life expectancy, women typically have a longer stay than men, but the time that you may need long-term care can vary quite a bit depending on your needs. Health conditions will dictate your stay, which could range from a few weeks to years.
Long-term skilled nursing care is designed for seniors who need around the clock access to services because of chronic health conditions. Short-term care is available to patients who need transitional care, such as after a surgery or hospitalization, before returning home. Respite care is also available to caregivers of dementia patients on a short-term basis.
In a skilled nursing facility, you can expect a high level of hands-on care from certified nurse assistants (CNA’s). They are available to help with activities of daily living like toileting and feeding, as well as medical needs like wound care or administering and keeping track of medications. CNA’s report directly to the facility registered nurse.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapies may be available on-site as may support from Hospice for seniors with terminal illnesses.
Meals will be provided by the home on a daily basis, and will be served in a group dining room. The food will meet nutritional guidelines and also comply with any doctor recommendations for the patient.
Facilities will offer daily activities and entertainment to their residents and you can expect to participate in things like movie nights, sing-a-longs, and holiday celebrations.
Beauty parlors, nail salons or barber shops may also be accessible on-site for a little pampering at a discounted rate.
The Cost of Care survey in 2015 from Genworth tells us that seniors pay a median of $6,327 for a semi-private room and $7,575 for a private room per month in a skilled nursing facility in Tucson. These costs are quite a bit higher than the medians throughout the state, which are $5,840 and $7,087 per month for the same care.
Since these numbers are medians, it’s important to remember that the monthly costs at any one facility may be very different than these averages. Depending on the type of care, the size of the facility, and the location of the property, you may pay more or less. If you’re on Medicaid be sure to inquire if the facility is an approved provider, as they will have rates already negotiated.
There are several important “must haves” in a nursing home. First, determine that the facility has the appropriate state license, good recent inspections, and a strong history of resolving any complaints quickly and completely. Take a tour and ensure that the property is clean, the staff are friendly, and the food is good.
It may also be valuable to research the facility online on sites like SeniorAdvisor.com where users provide reviews of their experiences with the nursing home. Also, check out the Arizona Department of Aging and Adult Services website for service providers and helpful information in your area.
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