Looking for the best Nursing Homes in Ho-Ho-Kus that offer the best services there is might be a hard task to do especially if you do not have a criteria to follow on how to look for one. There are already a lot of Retirement homes that offer quality services out there, but what you really need to find is a Retirement home that is just right for your needs. Using a Retirement homes Evaluation Checklist is a great way for you to find the best nursing homes suitable for you. The following are some of the most common criteria that you should use when choosing for the right nursing home.Lastly, you should look at the recreational activities being offered in the nursing homes. These should promote the health and wellness of the residents in the nursing home, and help develop friendship and camaraderie among residents.
How Do I Choose A Nursing Home?
Most Americans fear they'll need long-term care at some point after retirement, but only a small percentage are doing anything about it, according to a survey conducted for the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. It states that 85 percent of respondents worry about needing long-term care at some time in their future, an increase from 80 percent a decade ago. Long term care addresses a wide range of long term care and supportive services for people who may have cognitive impairment or who are unable to accomplish certain activities of daily living over an extended period of time. These can include activities such as bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. Long term care services can be provided in a variety of settings, including your home, assisted care facilities or nursing homes; and it can be very expensive. Many Americans incorrectly believe Medicare and/or Medicaid will help fund their long-term care expenses. This is simply not true. Some feel they will be able to "trick" the system, but this has become much more difficult to do. The Deficit Reduction Act that was signed on February 8, 2006, has caused most states to radically alter Medicaid parameters and long term care programs. The loopholes are being closed. The study also found that almost 60 percent of the respondents worry about paying for long-term care, but nearly 70 percent of these people said they have done little planning, if any, for long-term care needs. Furthermore, Americans are living longer, care costs are rising, and company pension programs are being cut back. Because the average cost of nursing home care has risen to more than $71,000 a year, the costs for in-home care are also rising and it is apparent the rate of future increases will continue to be high; there is a looming crisis in America. Americans are not facing the realities of what lies ahead, especially the potential need for long-term care. Right now, Americans seem to be avoiding the issue. According to the survey, more than 60 percent of adults haven't tried to calculate the amount of money they need for retirement. Of those who did the calculation, nearly half didn't factor in long-term care. Of those who did, nearly four in 10 did nothing about it. One important financial tool possibly being overlooked is Long-Term Care Insurance. Many people do not realize this type of insurance can be tailored to fit a persons budget as well as help with some of the potential costs of long term care. In other words, there are many variables that can be tailored to meet an individual's financial budget as well as help with the cost of future long term care needs. A qualified Long-Term Care Insurance representative should be consulted to help develop an appropriate plan.
Why Are Nursing Homes Are So Important?
We generally do not think about long-term care until and when we experience it in our lives. Oftentimes it takes the form of a loved one (typically a parent) who becomes suddenly disabled and the family (typically the children) steps in to assist. That assistance soon begins to take more and more of our time, affecting our jobs, our own families, and ultimately our lives. When this happens we all become fast studies in the field of long term care and, unfortunately, when there is inadequate planning, it is often too late. We are transformed from loved ones into long term care providers. Out relationship, with respect to our disabled loved one, changes forever and the stress that results can easily strain a family to the breaking point. If anyone has ever had a parent become disabled you know what I am talking about.
A misconception is that long-term care is covered either by health insurance or by Medicare. Health insurance does not pay for long-term care and Medicare, Part A, will only cover the first 20 days of long-term care 100%, but only under certain very restrictive conditions. Beyond the first 20 days, Medicare requires you pay the first $133 (2009) of expenses per day and this limited coverage only lasts for 80 days. Then you are on your own.
The sad fact is that long-term care, when properly planned for, can be a manageable process that leaves the family relationships in tact and allows us to instead act in an oversight capacity, rather than in a hands-on custodial care capacity. Stress is significantly reduced, our jobs do not suffer, and our direct family unit stays in tact as well.
Long-term care refers to assistance needed by anyone for a chronic illness. A chronic illness is long-term illness that will not go away, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, emphysema, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, a stroke which affects physical activities permanently, and sudden accidents which leave you permanently disabled. Long-term care may require skilled medical care or non-skilled medical care (custodial care).
The best advise I can give you is to secure the services of a Certified Financial Planner, or an insurance agent who is certified by the Corporation for Long-Term Care. Either can craft a long-term care policy that is affordable and meets your needs. Remember, each year you put off planning for long-term care will cost you in higher premiums and exposes you to the risk of needing long-term care.