Red Flags When Looking for Senior Care Options
Looking for care options for an aging loved one can be a daunting task. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 15,600 nursing homes in the United States. Nursing homes represent a smaller segment of senior care options, when compared to the steadily growing Assisted Living sector. There are approximately 28,900 assisted living communities with nearly 1 million licensed beds in the United States today.
Assisted living has increased in popularity over that past 25 years, because they offer a home like environment with a focus on supporting an individual’s independence, in stark contrast to the institutional feel of a traditional nursing home. Additionally, since the Covid-19 outbreak, more and more families have decided to look for alternatives to nursing homes.
Selecting care for your loved one is a very personal decision. Understanding what to look for and potential warning signs is crucial when looking at your options.