How to choose quality home health care services, adult day care, alternatives to nursing homes, hiring a home care worker, billing practices, Medicare’s home health benefit, home modification, telehealth, assisted living and more
Eldercare Locator is a way to search for services supporting senior independent living. US Department of Health and Human Services provides a free public service through the US Administration on Aging, to help seniors and caregivers find resources anywhere in the country. In addition to the website, you may call 1-800-677-1116 on weekdays to speak with someone who can help (English or Spanish). Very easy to use, by putting in your zip code.
Statistical report by AARP (Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-term Services and Supports) includes home health and nursing home utilization and care data from 2017, along with average 2017 prices for home health, nursing home and assisted living facilities (p. 57). Average private room in a nursing home is reported at $97,455 (although it’s $292,00 in Alaska). Average cost for assisted living is $45,000. Individual state detail is provided. Full report is 84 pages
If you’re a caregiver for a senior, find additional resources here. The Aging Life Care Association (formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) has compiled an extensive list of resources for seniors and their caregivers. Categories include associations, community/social services, government and care management. Consumers can also search for an Aging Life Care Expert