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Senior Housing 101: Your Guide to Senior Care, Costs and More

Written by Kimberly Fowler
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7 minute readLast updated July 18, 2018

The decision to move to a senior living community is never simple. There are a lot of factors to consider and for many children with concerns about their parent’s safety and well-being, it can be a tough conversation to start. So, when you and your parents are on the same page about moving to senior living, it can feel like a huge weight is lifted.

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The next step is to find a community in which your parent(s) will thrive, but choosing the best senior housing option can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why A Place for Mom has a completely free and recently updated website, “Senior Housing 101,” which has helpful information about all things related to senior housing.

Senior Housing 101: Your Guide to Senior Care

From expert advice to free articles, guides and resources, you’ll have everything you need to help you and your parent find a community that’s the right fit.

Here’s how to get started:

Elder Law and Regulations

This section provides information about planning for your senior loved one’s future financial, health and legal needs. Essential planning resources include:

Let our care assessment guide you

Our free tool provides options, advice, and next steps based on your unique situation.

Financial Planning and Taxes

This section provides many financial senior care guides, including:

Memory Care

You can browse memory care communities by city and state, as well as review the cost of memory care and the services offered at a specialized community.

Senior Housing Costs

Our Senior Living Cost Index is an interactive map feature that allows you to click a particular region and see an approximate cost for both assisted and independent living in the chosen area. This Index is the only free data source of its kind and helps families plan for the costs of senior living.

You can also use our free Senior Care Calculator to compare the cost of assisted living in your city to the costs of maintaining a home and employing a full-time home care aide.

Our State Medicaid Directory allows you to easily see the type of care that is covered by Medicaid in your state, as well as the eligibility requirements, rules and regulations for Medicaid in your state.

Senior Housing Types

We have a variety of Senior Housing Reference Guides which provide an overview of both non-traditional and traditional senior housing options, including:

Talk with a Senior Living Advisor

Our advisors help 300,000 families each year find the right senior care for their loved ones.

As well, our 22-page Guide to Senior Housing and Care is a comprehensive overview of a variety of senior care options. Our Quick Reference Chart outlines different services that are offered by each housing type, including:

  • Accepts wheelchairs
  • Alzheimer’s care
  • Average age
  • Cost
  • Diabetes management
  • Housekeeping
  • Incontinence care
  • Medication management
  • Meals per day
  • Mobility assistance
  • Nurses on-site
  • Personal care
  • Personal laundry
  • Transportation

Veteran’s Benefits

The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance (VA&A) Pension provides benefits to veterans and their spouses to help pay for the costs of in-home care and senior housing. The Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care reviews the Basics of what VA benefits cover, eligibility and how to apply for benefits.

Supporting a senior loved can be tough, especially when the time comes to make important decisions about their future health and senior living arrangements.

A Place for Mom’s Senior Housing 101website has been created to relieve the burden of adult children and their senior parents and provide expert advice, guides and resources to help you in your decision making.

Which Senior Housing 101 resource was most helpful to you in your parent’s search for senior living? We’d like to hear your stories in the comments below.

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Kimberly Fowler

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