If you’re thinking about placing a loved one in a nursing home in the coming months of year, there’s no doubt you want to do some research first. There’s a difficult emotional aspect of this entire process, but there’s also the peace of mind that can come from knowing that you did all the necessary research to select the right place for your family member. U.S. News has release their top list of nursing homes for 2021-2022.
Nursing homes offer a variety of living options and they are not all created equal when it comes to care, cost, and amenities. Knowing how to make the right choice for your elderly family member often comes down to location, services provided, and costs. It can be a shock to some family members to realize that Medicare will not pay for the vast majority of nursing home services needed and that Medicaid does not automatically kick in.
Since most healthcare issues prompting a stay at a nursing home can develop relatively quickly, it’s important for everyone to consider the possibility of long term care and the plans they have set up to help pay for it.
Without advanced planning, it can be difficult to qualify right away for Medicaid support. That way you know that your loved ones can make an informed decision based on factors beyond cost if you have an immediate need for nursing home care. Your family can visit the facility and get a sense of the healthcare support provided as well as the overall experience you might have while living there when you know that you’ve done your advanced work to qualify for Medicaid in Virginia.
If you need help kickstarting this planning process, schedule a time to meet with a Virginia Beach lawyer to discuss your next steps.