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Old 09-22-2013, 08:52 AM   #41
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This seems a very sensible arrangement and not cripplingly expensive. A friend is trying to arrange care for her elderly parents, and she is getting quotes in the $20,000 per month range, not the $2,000 range, and that's a tremendous difference. Even with selling the house and cashing out assets, she won't be able to afford this level of care for long.
That price seems extreme, my DF is in assisted living for around 4K a month, where he's at(PA) basic nursing home care is around 8K monthly. Now I won't tell you the medical treatment in that part of the country is the best.

There is a difference in what costs are depending on the area your in, and of course the quality of care. Seems like higher population of elders gives more options at a higher cost, based on family experience between FL., and PA. IMHO.


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Old 09-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #42
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The cost in a CCRC is dependent on the care level...
In our community... for 1 person
Apartment - w/ meals and amenities... $24K/yr must be independent.
Assisted Living - $42K/yr
Nursing Home - $75K/yr semi private

Additional costs are dependent on special needs.
Finding the costs in various communities can be very difficult. Most require that you request quotes, and don't publish basic costs on their websites.

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Old 09-23-2013, 07:07 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by MRG View Post
There is a difference in what costs are depending on the area your in, and of course the quality of care. Seems like higher population of elders gives more options at a higher cost, based on family experience between FL., and PA. IMHO.
And to further complicate matters as with so many other things price doesn't always buy quality. DW has an aunt in full-time care because of a stroke, very expensive, FIL is getting better full-time care at almost one-half the cost.

Sigh. So much of this seems like just a dice roll.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:52 AM   #44
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.....And do you really think any company will put its name on the line by hiring 100 random people to go to someone's home that is elderly and provide care, even with some sort of 'background check'? How do you certify they are qualified and versed well enough in the myriad of healthcare topics - even something as simple as helping to get someone out of a bed could result in an injury (not only to the patient, but even to the caregiver's back!). Add in countless other topics, ranging from bathing to administering medication to even dietary items.....
What you describe above is the LNA (or CNA in some states) - licensed or certified nursing assistant. They have to successfully complete a training course, pass background checks and pass a national licensing examination. In most jurisdictions they are licensed by the state. There are loads of companies that hire them and some of them do provide care in the patient's home (a la visiting nurse agencies) but most provide care in nursing homes - in both cases under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

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