In my position as a health advocate, I often get calls from family members that their mother or father is no longer safe to live alone. Many times, their health has declined, they have lost their spouse, or they can no longer prepare meals or take care of their own personal needs. In Pennsylvania, choosing a personal care facility can be the next step in providing a higher level of care for seniors.
In the past, when a senior became unable to care for themselves, they were transferred to a nursing home. Now they have the choice of choosing personal care, where they are provided services necessary to maintain their general health. They also receive assistance with their personal needs such as bathing, dressing, toileting, transfers, and medications. Other benefits include receiving help with laundry, housekeeping, meals, and transportation. In addition, many personal care homes offer a variety of daily activities and a sense of community.
Personal Care Facililites
Personal care facilities often offer private studio or one-bedroom suites. The average cost for this level of care is between $3,500 to $4,500 per month, a cost that is privately paid for by the resident. This compares to average nursing home costs between $10,000 to $12,000 per month. The cost of personal care can increase if the resident requires more daily services.
Most seniors prefer to age in place, but when that is no longer possible, families should consider personal care as an option. Severino Health Advisors can help your family find the best place to meet your loved one’s needs. Call today for more information about personal care homes.