The Future of Senior Care in Chicago: Shifting Towards Home-based Care

Senior care in Chicago is facing a sea change. In the past, people often sent the elderly to nursing homes. However, with the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, people are thinking more and more of home care rather than moving their elderly loved ones into nursing homes. A blog post by Levin & Perconti, Attorneys at Law in Illinois, explains:

“Many elderly and otherwise disabled individuals prefer to receive health assistance and care in their own homes, rather than be admitted for nursing home residency. Being treated and cared for at home allows them to be in familiar and comfortable surroundings.”

The emotional benefits of in-home senior care also go hand-in-hand with financial ones. The 2012 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows that the national average cost for in-home care is between $112-192 daily, which is significantly lower than the average daily rates for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This is why more and more families are turning to in-home care to see to their elderly loved ones, and why it’s best for yours to follow suit.

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Your main concern now would be to choose an excellent in-home Chicago senior care provider like Comfort Keepers to take care of your senior loved ones. When choosing among them, be sure to keep a few things in mind:

First, check the provider’s license. The state of Illinois requires healthcare providers to get a license before they operate. You can inquire with the Illinois Department of Health to see a list of licensed providers in the Chicago area. Having a qualified provider ensures that the state is monitoring their operations and can help provide additional care when necessary.

Second, they should have a flexible schedule. Some senior citizens need only minimal care and minor assistance to have a decent life. For the more infirm, however, overnight stays are often the norm. Ask the provider if its care workers are available on a 24/7 basis and are willing to adapt to your needs.

Third, they should offer the full line of services that your loved one needs. Some providers are not able to provide some services like hygiene assistance, diet monitoring, meal preparation, and others. Ensure that all the necessary services that the patient requires are accounted for so that you won’t need to worry about their health.

(Source: The Future of Elder Care? Shifting Care to the Home and Community, 100Illinois Nursing Homes, July 1, 2014)

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