How to Know When an Older Family Member Needs Private Care
But that doesn't mean those problems are going away.
Consider the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, which reports that 70% of American over the age of 65 will need private care services "at some point in their lives" and that families dealing with private, in-house health care are in for some serious sticker shock: an average daily rate of $65 in 2013, up 6.56% from 2012.
The monthly cost for an assisted living facility rose 4.55%, to $3,450 -- for one-bedroom, single-occupancy residence.Those are frightening numbers, no doubt, to middle-class, Main Street Americans. The first step is to know whether it's yet time to deal with those numbers. Aging Outreach Services, a Southern Pines, N.C., elderly care services provider, wants to help, with a list of "warning signs" that let household decision makers know its time to start thinking about in-house, elderly care help.
- A change in memory
- Bills not being paid on time or mail piling up
- Missed doctor appointments
- Personal hygiene (such as clothing or hair) becoming difficult to maintain
- Kitchen problems, such as scorch marks on pots or other signs of fires from cooking
- Grocery supply (such as limited food or lots of expired food)
- Weight loss or gain
- Home repairs and yardwork not being maintained
- Isolation or skipping activities formerly of interest
- Driving issues, such as accidents, tickets or car repairs not being addressed
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