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Senior Living Options & Costs Infographic

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As seniors get older, daily tasks become more difficult. What was once easy may be a struggle now. When this happens, it’s important to evaluate senior living options. Helping seniors make the appropriate decisions about their housing arrangements is crucial.

No matter which senior living option you choose, adding a medical alert system can provide added comfort. We want you to stay healthy and safe. A medical alert is a cost-effective way for seniors to feel safe and secure while living an independent lifestyle. 

Facts in the United States

As of 2011, there were 34 million seniors in the U.S and the senior population is continuing to grow each year. Many of those seniors ages 65 or older need some type of senior care and face a choice: continue living independently or move to a care facility. Making this decision will not be easy, but there are several popular senior living options to suit your needs. Let’s take a look at both the cost of long-term care and the cost of living at home. 

Cost of Long-Term Care

Seniors who need specialized or 24/7 care may need to move to a long-term care facility. The long-term care route is hard on seniors because it involves moving into an unfamiliar environment. Nobody wants to move into a new setting when they have lived in their own home all their life. Long-term care is a big decision, and it is often the costliest of senior living options. Below is a list of the average cost of transitioning into a nursing home or assisted living facility:

Assisted Living Facility (Single Occupancy) = $3,261/month

Nursing home (Semi-Private Room) = $5,790/month

Nursing home (Private Room) = $6,390/month

If you need an added layer of protection while living independently, you should first consider a medical alert system. A medical alert means you can call for help any time. A medical alert will help you stay in your home longer. You won’t need to move out until you’re ready.   

Cost of Living at Home

You may want to consider living at home. It costs considerably less than assisted living. If you want to stay in your home but need more regular help, you can have a home health aide come to your home to assist you.

Take a look at the figures below to evaluate senior care and home help:

Homemaker Services (Licensed) = $18/hr

Home Health Aide Services (Licensed) = $19/hr

Adult Day Health Care (Licensed) = $60/day

Since home help is often a temporary solution that isn’t available 24/7, you’ll want a medical alert system to protect you at all times during the day. When your home care assistant is away, your medical alert system can call for help in the event of a crisis. 

Consider All Your Options

Make sure you consider your senior living options before leaving your home or bringing caretakers into your living space. Planning out your senior care options is very important. With the aging population increasing, the cost of long-term care and assisted home living are skyrocketing. Alert1’s medical alert systems can help you age in place. We will ensure you live independently and get the peace of mind you and your family deserve.  
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