Generally – a resident moves from an assisted living facility to a nursing home if they require medical attention for a serious health condition.
This could include requiring care if they have suffered a stroke, or have severe dementia or Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, etc.
Assisted living facilities do not often provide 24 hour nursing care for medical needs although residents can hire their own private nurse if they wish to and are able to do so.
There are basically 6 main reasons that a senior would move into a nursing home.
- They are living alone, no family or friends that are able to help care for them but they do require care.
- Their physical and/or cognitive disabilities are too difficult for a family or friend to manage.
- They do not have the funds to pay for a private caretaker to come to their home part time or full time.
- They require 24 hour medical care due to their cognitive and/or physical disabilities.
- Family dynamics are too dysfunctional to provide care for the older adult.
- Frequent hospital visits, indicating that the current level of care might not be sufficient.
- It’s a temporary placement into a SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) for rehabilitation.
Making the decision to move into a nursing home is not an easy one and I do recommend that you speak with administrators at several residential care facilities to find the best one for your needs.
Evaluating the Costs
Moving from assisted living to a nursing home often involves a significant change in costs.
Nursing homes provide a higher level of care, and this is reflected in the price.
It’s important to evaluate both the current and future costs associated with such a move.
Consider the following when planning financially for a move to a nursing home:
- Compare costs between the current assisted living setup and potential nursing homes.
- Review insurance coverage to understand what is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance.
- Explore financial assistance options, such as veterans’ benefits or nonprofit organizations, that can help cover the costs of nursing home care.
Careful financial planning ensures that the move is sustainable over the long term, providing peace of mind that the necessary care can be afforded.
Making the Transition Smooth
Transitioning from assisted living to a nursing home can be challenging, both emotionally and physically.
However, with careful planning and support, this transition can be made smoother.
Steps for a Smooth Transition
- Involve the individual in the decision-making process as much as possible to respect their preferences and needs.
- Visit potential nursing homes together, if possible, to choose the best fit.
- Plan the move carefully, considering the best time and how to personalize the new space.
- Seek emotional support for both the individual and family members, acknowledging the emotional impact of such a move.
By understanding when it’s time to make a move, evaluating the financial implications, and planning for a smooth transition, families can ensure that their loved ones receive the care they need at the right time.