Are you concerned about the long-term care costs for your parent or loved one? It’s one of the foremost concerns people have when they begin looking for senior care options in the Atlanta area. While the cost may seem like a stumbling block in some cases, the truth is that senior care options can be found in varying budgets.
Option 1: Independent Living Community for Long-Term Care – around $1,900 to $3,500 per month
An Independent Living Community is usually less expensive than other Georgia long term care facilities because care is not usually being provided. In these communities, residents are normally fully capable of caring for themselves. Independent Communities offer maintenance-free lifestyles for seniors to enjoy their best years. Many communities offer contracted services so when residents develop care needs, they do not have to move. These services are an additional charge to the monthly rent.
There are more than 90 Independent Living Facilities in Georgia, 40 of which are in the greater Atlanta region. The average cost of a true Independent Living Community in Atlanta is approximately $2,500 per month though some communities may charge between $1,900 and $3,500 per month.
Benefits of Independent Living Communities
- An Independent Living Facility can be the ideal choice for a person who is reluctant to leave home, but who does require a safer environment. This type of facility has a home-like feel, since the senior has their personal space and lives a largely independent life.
- One of the biggest benefits with Independent Living Facilities is that residents can participate in a wide range of activities provided by the community, such as games, outings, fitness activities, and more.
- Many Independent Living residents prepare and eat meals on their own, since their apartments often have small kitchens. However, meals in the dining room can be included in the overall cost, if desired.
Option 2: Assisted Living Facilities for Long-Term Care – around $2,500 to $3,500 per month
Assisted Living is much like an Independent Living Community, except they are staffed to provide non-medical assistance with daily living. The goal of Assisted Living is just as the name implies. These facilities foster a discrete lifestyle aimed to provide privacy and extend independence while providing the care needed. Your parents can live in an apartment or condo and still enjoy a sense of community. Most Assisted Living Communities range from 25 to 150 units. In Georgia, communities with 25 beds or more may be licensed either as a Personal Care Home (PCH) or as an Assisted Living Community (ALC). Depending on the services provided expect to pay around $2,500-$3,500 per month for the median level of care.
Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities
- Assisted Living Facilities are great for seniors who are still independent but need help with activities of daily living — bathing, dressing and grooming.
- While in residence at an Assisted Living Facility in Atlanta, your parent will have access to experienced and licensed staff who assist with medication management and perform other non-medical services the resident may require.
- 24-hour staff prepared to respond to accidents and emergencies.
Option 3: Memory Care – around $2,200 to $7,000 per month
Memory Care centers, often found in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living facilities, are designed for seniors who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or other forms of dementia. As with most specialized medical care, the cost for memory care is quite high. Medicaid can cover expenses for a memory care placement, but eligibility requirements must be met.
In the Atlanta area, costs range from approximately $2,200 to more than $7,000 per month depending on the needs of the senior, location of the center, amenities offered and other factors. At these facilities, residents receive help with many or even all of their basic daily activities. With progressive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, resident care needs are expected to increase with time.
Memory Care Benefits
- The biggest benefit of Memory Care for seniors is that they receive specialized care for their level of memory impairment. Seniors who are proud of their ability to do the basic tasks of daily living can still do those things, but the staff will be there to help with what they cannot do.
As you’ve learned costs vary based on the care provided. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay, out-of-pocket, unless your parent qualifies for VA benefits or their insurance covers long-term care. To determine what care options are available within your unique budget, call CareChoice or contact us via message on our Contact Us form today for free assistance with navigating senior care facilities!