Americans are now living longer than ever before. For example, the life expectancy at the turn of the 20th century was about 47 years. Now in the 21st century that life expectancy has increased to nearly 80 years. As a result of this increased life span, Americans face more challenges and transitions throughout life.
One of the most difficult transition a person will face during their lifetime is the transition from living in their home and moving into a long term care facility. This transition is so difficult for numerous reasons; the loss of a home with many memories, the loss of independence and the loss of privacy.
The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions you will make. Perhaps the move has to be made because the family member can no longer care for himself or herself, has a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s or has had a heart attack. No matter what the reason, those involved in making the decision are always under a significant amount of stress.
The spouse who helps a person transition into a nursing home faces the immediate dilemma of trying to find the right nursing facility. This is no small task and can be a huge relief when the right home is found for a loved one. However, this task is only the beginning. A more difficult task is how to cope with nursing home bills of over $7,500 a month. Medicaid is often a financial necessity.
In this situation, it is important to realize that there are things you can do. Good information is available to assist you in making the right choices for you and your loved ones. An experienced elder law attorney can assist you in finding the right nursing home and paying for the cost of care.