Why Do Senior Care Costs Rise?

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The need for senior care, assisted living, skilled nursing is not always anticipated and can be thrust upon a family quite suddenly. Budgeting can be very challenging, especially since the costs of senior care typically trend steadily upward over time.

 

To help you and loved ones prepare for and anticipate the factors of rising senior care costs and plan accordingly, we will list the five main reasons why more money is often needed to cover senior care as time passes.

 

  1. More Assistance and Monitoring is Needed

Seniors often prefer to retain as much independence as possible for as long as they can. When a senior’s need for assistance is fairly minimal, he or she may opt to reside in an independent living community. Independent communities are where seniors may still enjoy the freedom of maintain their own schedules, cooking for themselves, and keeping track of their own medical needs with just a small amount of monitoring or checking in from the staff.

However, when a senior’s health condition worsens, the option for independent living becomes diminishes and more assistance with daily tasks such as dressing, getting out of bed, dining, toileting, and administering of medication may be required by nurses. Increased need for assistance may lead to increase cost.

  1. Health or Mobility Declines

As health conditions worsen or become more complicated, new medicines may be added to the daily regiment. And unfortunately add to the cost of senior care as well. Fortunately, many assisted living facilities provide price scales based on the health condition and specified amount of care that is needed. When a senior abruptly transitions into a category of care that is more extensive, then the price for remaining in that same facility can increase. For instance, incontinence assistance may be part of a more extensive care price point than the one a senior is used to when incontinence assistance becomes a new need.

  1. Extensive Memory Care May Arise

Memory care needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be very extensive. Sometimes seniors with memory impairment may require round-the-clock monitoring to ensure their personal safety. At first a memory issue may not be bad, but the condition may worsen over time, and consequentially the amount of paid hours a nurse needs to watch out for a senior loved one. A senior may have to move to a specialized memory care facility, which, depending on the location may be a cost increase for the budget as well.

  1. Average Price of Senior Care is Rising Each Year

Economic factors like the cost of living and inflation may drive the rates up for a senior living community when it performs its year-end cost evaluation. A recent study has shown that the price of senior care has steadily risen every year for the last several years. In the last decade the cost of assisted living has risen almost 5%. However, the price of in-home care has reportedly stayed mostly unchanged. For seniors meticulously budgeting their care plan, it may be wise to consider whether or not senior in-home care is appropriate for their personal needs.

  1. New Medical Needs Emerge

Accidents and emergencies happen. In addition to the possibility of an existing condition worsening, there is always the chance of the unexpected occurring. A sudden fall or new diagnosis may develop, and it is always a smart idea whenever possible to have some funds planned into the budget for unexpected needs that may emerge and increase the cost of senior care.

Fall Decoration Ideas for Seniors

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The radio stations and the shopping centers like to jump the gun preparing for Christmas as soon as summer comes to a close. The lovely fall season can sometimes go overlooked or rushed through. But the joys and beauty of autumn are not to be skipped! With a solid two months until Santa arrives and Hanukah candles are lit, there still are two wonderful holidays yet to come. Here we provide some fall decoration ideas for seniors.

 

Where to find Autumn Trinkets?

Whether seniors have an entire house to decorate, or simply want their assisted living facility rooms to look spirited, there are perfect places where seniors can decorate for fall. For seniors who want to decorate the yards of their homes to welcome their young trick or treating grand children, Hobby Lobby always provides excellent decorations for both the home interiors and exteriors for Halloween. From yard jack-o-lanterns, door reefs of colorful autumn leaves, to ghostly door signs; Hobby Lobby has something for everyone.

For seniors with limited decorating space, there are still plenty of ways to fill a room with autumn cheer. Cracker Barrel always has a whole store-full of various adorable knick-knacks and little fall trinkets that fit perfectly on a bedside table, a desk, or a kitchen counter to make the living space cozy and festive! Additionally, Cracker Barrel always provides a catalog of seasonal holiday movies on DVD to watch at home, or with the grandchildren.

 

Great Halloween Decorations for Seniors

The nearest approaching holiday is Halloween, where children, and even college students, are busy finding costumes for the festivities. And while seniors may be somewhat above the appropriate age for trick or treating, there are still ways to show the holiday spirit for all things spooky this year. If a senior wants to join in with the kids for dress up fun, an easy costume is to raid the old closet for a piece of clothing that is not quite in style any longer as pass it off for a cool costume!

Taking the grandchildren on a trip to the local pumpkin patch can be a great bonding experience, watching their eyes light up as you work together to pick the best oversized holiday squash! For some seniors, carving a jack-o-lantern is too messy a task for them. Other seniors may find operating a large sharp knife is too dangerous for those with arthritis. Have no fear; seniors can still enjoy pumpkin fun with the family, since kids can just as well draw on the surface of a pumpkin with acrylic paint! Paint products for Halloween pumpkin decorating can be found at

This year, some seniors may find it harder to put up cumbersome decorations than it used to be. Seniors concerned about stepping up a tall ladder to put lights up may seek help or supervision from family or neighbors. Halloween lights are easy to find at Wal-Mart and other superstores.

 

Great Thanksgiving Decorations for Seniors

For various reasons, not everyone celebrates Halloween. But the fall still provides one of the most exciting holiday occasions for seniors to reunite with their extended families. Hobby Lobby and Wall-Mart are great places to pick up porch and yard décor such as adorable scarecrow men dressed in patchy clothes.

Thanksgiving is also famous as a season for big football games. This can be a great opportunity for grandpa to pick up decorations to flaunt his school colors from his college days with pride. Perhaps the grandson has carried on the tradition and roots for the same team! Or there may be a playful family rivalry in front of the television screen. Either way, there are plenty of ways for seniors to decorate and get festive for the fall season!