A New Concept In Nursing Home Care

by Jerrold Bartholomew

The reality is that families faced with the chronic illness or disability of a loved-one often have few options but a traditional long-term care facility. Aside from the financial devastation that this usually entails, there is the fact that a traditional nursing home is a difficult place to be in. It is good therefore to see nursing home alternatives emerging, such as described in this story about a new nursing home developing near Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Differing from a traditional “hospital-style” nursing home, the so-called green house concept features smaller facilities designed to create a home-like setting with private rooms, baths and other amenities. Residents still receive the daily assistance and medical care they need, though their activities are not regimented nor predicated on their medical needs.

While the article is silent on the cost of care at this facility, it is not unreasonable to assume that it will be more expensive than traditional nursing home care. If it were otherwise, the article would be trumpeting both higher quality care and lower costs. The fact is that this sort of care remains out of reach for most seniors whose savings would be quickly depleted by the cost of this higher level of assistance. Perhaps the best chance most seniors will have at this sort of care is begin planning early in order to maximize assets.

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