As people grow older and become elderly, they tend to need more care than younger people do. There are many options out there as to the kind of care that is available depending on how much medical care or assistance an individual needs or if their medical insurance, like Medicaid, covers it. There are many websites out there with information about all of the long term care that ia available for the elderly, but it can be confusing. However, I recommend the DSHS website as it is rather straightforward.
I had heard about a few of the types of care available out there, but didn’t really know what it meant until I had to answer the prompt for illness and mortality. I found it helpful that one of the websites out there explained what some of the terms were. I also found out that there were so many more types of long term care out there than just nursing homes I hadn’t known about. Below I define what some of those types of long term care options are and what the health care coverage Medicaid, that many people have is.
- Medicaid: a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services (Medicaid).
- Nursing Homes: a public or private residential facility providing…long-term personal or nursing care for persons (such as the aged or the chronically ill) who are unable to care for themselves properly (Nursing Home).
- Assisted Living Facilities: facilities in a community setting where staff assumes responsibility for the safety and well-being of the adult. (Long Term Care Residential Options).
- Retirement Communities: housing exclusively for adults (normally 55 or older). The person is generally healthy…staff at the retirement community does not take on the general responsibility for the safety and well-being of the adult (Long Term Care Residential Options).
Long-Term Care Residential Options. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/residential-care-services/long-term-care-residential-options
Medicaid. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/help-paying-costs/medicaid/medicaid.html
Nursing Home. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nursing%20home